Category Archive: BLOG

Dec
19

Welcome Ranum Mentors!

We finally reached the moment where Ranum Middle School's mentors were able to officially be welcomed into The YESS Mentoring Class! Students were very patient over the last couple of months while counselors and administrators worked hard to figure out exactly how to fit each student into a class with the complicated scheduling that is …

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Dec
12

Practicing Gratitude at North High School

      This holiday season, YESS students at North focused on gratitude. In class, we discussed how gratitude is a practice that removes us from the daily struggle of “not good enough,” reminding us to focus on the things that really matter—our support systems, our strengths, and even the challenges that dare us to …

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Dec
05

Building Community and Leadership at Shaw Heights

This semester the mentors at Shaw Heights have been building their leadership and mentoring skills. We have learned more about the different styles of leadership, what kind of role model mentors would like to be for their mentee, talked about leaders in history, and discussed goals and plans for the students’ future.  The mentors have …

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Nov
21

What Is Your Motorbike Trip?

“What led you to start the YESS Institute?” is one of the most frequent questions people ask me.  For those among you who have not heard the story before: it was traveling through Central and South America on a motorbike for 18 months now over twenty years ago. Persian philosopher Rumi stated: “Everyone has been …

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Nov
14

Building Trusting Relationships at Lincoln

Throughout the first month and beginning of the second month at Lincoln’s YESS Mentoring program, students have begun to form strong bonds and friendships with one another! We have seen many accomplishments and successes in each student’s journey so far and cannot wait to see how they will continue to improve their grades, attendance and …

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Nov
11

Finishing Up a Successful 1st Trimester at West

It’s hard to believe that the first trimester is coming to an end here at West.  How time flies!    Since the last update we have added a new partnership to the YESS family at WEST.  We now have two classes up and running with West Leadership Academy, one unlike anything we have done before. …

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Oct
31

Off and Running at Scott Carpenter

This week, the mentors at Scott Carpenter Middle School began their foray into the world of the YESS Institute.  All of these students successfully navigated their way through the recruitment process, which included a written application and a one-on-one interview. Their excitement during the weeks prior to the start of class grew to be so …

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Oct
24

New Program, New School, New District!

Things are off to a great start here at Ranum Middle School in Adams County District 50! Coming into a brand new position, in a new school and being a brand new program to the district, definitely has its challenges. Thankfully, the Student Services department at District 50 has managed to build a great team …

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Oct
17

Getting to YESS: Impressions From Week 3 at North High School

            I am beginning to get acclimated to my work here at North High School, and I wanted to share with the YESS community my impressions as I settle in and become more familiar with the students.             First, the students: I am incredibly impressed by their positive attitude and resilience. This week, I had …

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Oct
10

Shaw Heights Middle School

Greetings! My name is Tracie Trinidad, and I am the program manager of the YESS Institute program at Shaw Heights Middle School. This semester so far has been one busy semester.  In September I began to recruit students to become mentors. During the recruitment process I had over a hundred interested students.  Unfortunately, I cannot …

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