❝ YESS mentoring was a life changing experience for me both as a mentee and a mentor and I highly encourage freshman who are struggling to utilize this program. The mentors are there by choice because they want to help. So trust them and they will provide all the support they can. Also, I will be always grateful to Mr. Medina and Carlo for directing me towards the light in life. ❞
Jackie is a former YESS student and is studying languages at the University of Colima at Mexico.
YESS stands for Youth Empowerment Support Services. Our innovative and evidence-based approach uses a combination of peer-mentoring and academic tutoring/homework to help re-engage at-risk mentees and provide them with the social/emotional support they need to successfully graduate from school.
Our students are more likely to graduate from high school and attend college than their nonparticipating counterparts.
❝ The challenge of improving academic achievement, attendance, and behavior must be done in unison with support from partners like YESS. This program has proven to change the lives of thousands of students and continues to pave the way as a leader in developing strong character for the students they serve.❞
Executive Director of Schools, West Denver Network
YESS made me realize that education is important. It saved my life. I didn’t know who I was back then but now
I know exactly who I am and want to be. I went from a 0.3 GPA to a 3.0; I am very
happy with the results, but I don’t want it to stop there. I want to be able to show the
mentees and mentors that YESS does change you.
AreliNorth High School Mentor Leader
The YESS program has helped me in many ways both in school and outside of school. It has really opened my eyes to see my future a lot more clearly and understand what it takes to get where I would like to go.