Welcome to the YESS Institute

YESS stands for Youth Empowerment Support Services

We believe that the most powerful way to 
inspire and engage youth is through peer-to-peer mentoring and emotional intelligence skill building

We have proven that disconnected, failing high school students at high risk for dropping out
will be successful in high school when enrolled in the YESS Mentoring Program

We support role models, agencies and schools
with our innovative EmoSmart LeadershipTM curriculum and peer mentoring model through 
training, consulting and coaching


About Us

YESS stands for Youth Empowerment Support Services.       The YESS Institute is a local non-profit agency serving the Denver community. The YESS Institute offers training peer mentoring, school engagement programs in Denver Public High Schools. We also offer emotional intelligence and leadership trainings for staff at nonprofit agencies.  Our mission is to build EmoSmart Leadership™ …

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The YESS mentoring program currently operates in three Denver Public High Schools: Abraham Lincoln, North, and West High School and three Adams 50 Middle Schools: Ranum, Scott Carpenter, and Shaw Heights. The three components of the YESS mentoring model are peer mentoring, school engagement, and the curriculum/emotional intelligence piece. YESS believes that youth empowering youth …

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