Category Archive: BLOG

Sep
19

West Starts the School Year With a Bang!

This year we hit the ground running at West High School!  Our rosters have changed quite a bit since school started but right now we have 5 classes with approximately 20 students from West High School in YESS, 50 with West Generations Academy, and 35 with our newest partner, West Leadership Academy.  I am so …

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Aug
28

Save the Date!

Mark your calendar! YESS Institute is hosting the 1st Annual YESS Casino Night Fundraiser on Thursday, November 6th. More information to follow. 

Jun
18

Cross-Cultural Connections: YESS Institute Meets With Moroccan Delegation

The International Visitor Leadership Program, an initiative of the United States Department of State, invited YESS Institute’s Co-Founder and Executive Director Carlo Kriekels to meet with the Moroccan delegation. The delegation is concluding a 3 week visit to the US to learn about children in the Justice System. The delegation reached out to YESS Institute …

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May
09

YESS Year End Celebration Featured on Broncos Blog!

Vasquez Preaches the Right Path Posted May 7, 2014 Gray CaldwellEditor, DenverBroncos.com / Team MediaFollow Gray on Twitter     Wednesday evening, Louis Vasquez spoke to 230 at-risk students with the YESS Institute to celebrate their success in 2014. DENVER – Louis Vasquez knows what got him to where he is today. A strong family background — …

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May
07

Press Release: YESS Year End Celebration at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium

        Patrick Smyth, Executive Director of Media Relations (patrick.smyth@broncos.nfl.net / 303-264-5536)  Rebecca Villanueva, Media Services Manager (rebecca.villanueva@broncos.nfl.net / 303-264-5598) Erich Schubert, Media Relations Manager (erich.schubert@broncos.nfl.net / 303-264-5503)   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                                                                                                  TUESDAY, MAY 6, 2014   MEDIA CONTACT: Carlo Kriekels, carlo@yessinstitute.org, 303-525-3859 Ryann Nickerson, ryann.nickerson@gmail.com, 973-713-5005   DENVER BRONCOS G LOUIS VASQUEZ TO GIVE KEYNOTE ADDRESS  FOR HIGH-RISK YOUTH MENTOR PROGRAM …

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Apr
30

Join Us for the 2014 YESS Mentoring Celebration!

Mar
17

YESS at Lincoln Continues a Successful Semester!

February was a busy month for the YESS Program at Lincoln! The main goal for the month was to keep morale positive while still keeping a strong academic work ethic within the students.  Mentees who were unsteady with attendance at the beginning of last semester have shown a positive turn-around and fully understand the impact …

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Mar
07

February at West

February at West was a fun and busy month! We discussed the attendance crisis and created plans for addressing this concern. Students identified the 'causes' of ditching classes and brainstormed in teams to solve the issue. YESS students posted 89% school attendance for the month — this is about 7% higher than the student body …

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Feb
26

February at North

February was a very busy month at North.  Students worked on their Road to Success: Milestones, Barriers & Support, Reaching Goals, Life Maps, and Attitudes!  We continue to reflect on each student’s success plans and track their progress in reaching their goals!!!   – Sarah Staal, YESS Program Manager at North High School   Life …

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Feb
14

YESS at Lincoln Kicks Off 2nd Semester

January 2014 marked the second semester of YESS mentoring for the 2013-14 school year at Abraham Lincoln High School.  In order to ease into the transition after winter break's end, the primary focus for January's program revolved around academic study and assuring positive learning environment for all students involved.  Once the students had returned to …

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