Category Archive: BLOG

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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Feb
12

YESS Spring Events

The YESS Institute has scheduled two exciting events for this Spring! Wednesday, April 9th we will be holding our first annual YESS Road to Success Fundraising Breakfast.   Wednesday, May 7th we will be hosting our annual year-end celebration at Sports Authority Field at Mile-High Stadium. Last year's celebration at the stadium was a huge …

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Jan
24

YESS Welcomes New Board Members!

In January, the YESS Institute welcomed four new Board members to the team: Rana Tarkenton is the Deputy Director of Programs for the Denver Scholarship Foundation. She brings to YESS knowledge of education systems, marketing, and communications. Ryann Nickerson currently serves as the Communications Director at the Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights …

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Jan
17

A New Semester…A New Beginning!

  The YESS program at North is back into the swing of things after a long winter break.  Last week students came back to school from their two week long break.  The first day of class students started with blank pages and a fresh start to the new semester.  We have spent the first week …

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Dec
13

YESS at Lincoln Wraps Up for the Semester!

December marks a very busy month for all of the students at Lincoln High School.  Activities among the masses include holiday related projects within classes, organization of charity services and studying vigorously for finals.  In terms of YESS mentoring at the school, December has been effective in assuring students will want/need help with various assignments …

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Dec
06

November at West

YESS at West had a productive November! Our Generation students closed out their first trimester and we gained several students who have been welcomed into Mentoring partnerships. Students worked on creating their Life Maps and we all learned new, interesting, and inspiring things about our YESSmates. Our Cowboys found common ground with others to whom …

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Nov
22

YESS Selected by SAMHSA to Build Evaluation Capacity!

    U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Service to Science Initiative selected the YESS Institute for "Building Evaluation Capacity for Evidence-based Interventions"! Aurora Mental Health Center's evaluation arm, Aurora Research Institute, will conduct a quasi-experimental, cross-site analysis of the impact of the YESS Mentoring program at North High School and West …

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