❝ 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.

Antonio Esquibel
Executive Director of Schools, West Denver Network


Denver Public Schools

Learn more about our programs at: Abraham Lincoln High School, North High School, North Re-Engagement Center, and West Leadership Academy,

Westminster Public Schools

Learn more about our programs at: Ranum Middle School, Scott Carpenter Middle School, and Shaw Heights Middle School.

Program Development 

Learn more about integrating YESS into a school, creating a peer mentoring program, or receiving trainings on emotional intelligence.

Do you want to learn how to run a successful peer-mentoring drop out prevention program?

YESS offers the 9 Key Components audio course