Denver Broncos' # 91 Defensive End Robert Ayers to be Keynote Speaker at YESS Institute's YESS Mentoring Celebration on May 10th
YESS Institute is excited to announce the addition of Robert Ayers as the keynote speaker at its annual year-end celebration at Denver Public Schools North High School on May 10th from 6:00-8:00pm. Produced entirely by YESS Institute mentees and mentors from North, West and Lincoln High Schools for their parents and the community, the YESS Mentoring Graduation recognizes the contributions and accomplishments of each student as they work toward high school graduation.
"Robert Ayers embodies the very essence of what the YESS Institute is teaching its students: community leadership, character development and the value of education," said Carlo Kriekels, YESS Institute Co-founder & Executive Director. "The YESS Institute is honored and the students are "super psyched" that Robert will be addressing them at the YESS Mentoring 2012 Graduation Event."
The YESS Institute provides high school students the skills to shift the negative cycle of poverty, dropout and violence into a positive cycle of leadership development, civic engagement and economic contribution through peer mentoring and emotional intelligence. The YESS Institute supports role models, agencies and schools through innovative emotional intelligence curriculum and peer mentoring. . In the past 10 years, YESS Institute has achieved a 92% graduation rate for students previously considered the most at-risk for dropping out of school.
Robert Ayers is a fourth-year defensive end who was drafted by the Broncos in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft from the University of Tennessee. He has played in 42 games for the Broncos and totaled 96 tackles, 4.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. Born in Jersey City, N.J., Ayers attended high school in Bennettsville, S.C.