Category Archive: BLOG

Apr
17

The Home Stretch at West

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Here we are, on the home stretch, 7 weeks until school is over.  I cant believe all that has happened this year and all that we still have to do!!   At the beginning of this trimester in all of our classes we talked about how students would do things differently if given the chance …

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Apr
10

Update From Scott Carpenter Middle School

The last month at Scott Carpenter has been a whirlwind. The students learned about the difference between thoughts and emotions, unhelpful thinking styles, and accountability. Not only that, but they participated in PARCC tests and enjoyed a well-deserved spring break. The mentors are really stepping up to the plate to help their mentees and I’ve …

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Apr
03

Prepping College-Bound Students at North High School

The past few weeks at North High School have been very full and a bit hectic: seniors are scrambling to get their scholarship applications polished and sent off, and all students have been preparing for the end of the academic quarter.   Reading through students’ scholarship essays has been a touching and enlightening experience, as …

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Mar
27

4th Annual Colorado Mentoring Symposium

On May 1, the Colorado Mentoring Partnership (CMP) presents the fourth Annual Colorado Mentoring Symposium.     The YESS Institute has been an active partner in the Colorado mentoring community to re-institute a statewide mentoring conference.   In 2011, the Youth Mentoring Collaborative recognized the need for professional development for mentoring practitioners in Colorado.   Together …

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Mar
20

Middle School Goals and Dreams

                In the months of February and March students at Shaw Heights Middle School were busy making “Love cups” and “Trust Bridges.” Mentees and mentors discussed what is draining them in life and how to overcome and fix the things that are draining them in life. The “Love Cups” …

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Mar
13

Update From Lincoln High School

Exciting things have been happening at the Lincoln YESS Program! Several students in the program were recently filmed by a PBS film crew and were able to tell their inspiring stories. It is amazing to hear how the students have overcome challenges and work diligently to keep their grades up and attend school. We were …

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Mar
06

YESS at West: Love Cups, Life Maps, and More!

Here we are on the home stretch, I can’t believe we are in the third trimester and second semester.  So much has happened in the last 6 months it feels like years.  I have had the opportunity to share so many wonderful experiences with my students and get glimpses into each of their lives.   …

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Feb
27

February at Scott Carpenter Middle School

February was a short, productive month here at Scott Carpenter Middle School. I’m pleased to see the kids are beginning to settle in and become comfortable with each other. The mentors are acting as leaders in the classroom and the mentees are following their example. Not only am I witnessing the growth that’s occurring, several …

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Feb
20

Ranum Life: Experiences, Values, Accountability and More!

    This month at Ranum we have focused on the many circumstances that life can throw at us and how they influence our values and decisions. Students spent a significant amount of time thinking about the experiences that they have gone through and how they have shaped the people that they are today. All …

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Feb
13

Senior Success at North High School

We are officially past the half-way mark for the academic year, and North High School seniors are working hard to solidify their plans for after graduation! Last week in YESS mentoring, our students did a “College Decisions” research project as a fun way to learn more about the schools they are interested in attending. We …

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