Category Archive: BLOG

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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Oct
03

Welcome Sam and Deena!

Hello! We are Samantha Mack and Deena Tamaroff: 2014 AmeriCorps Community Building Partnership for Youth in Transition (CBPYT) members, and the newest additions to the YESS Institute team. Allow us to introduce ourselves and explain our new roles.  Samantha I grew up in the Pacific Northwest, earning my bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts from Linfield …

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Sep
26

Taking a Step on the Field — Lincoln High School

   As the only YESS program not held during school hours or in an actual classroom, Lincoln High School runs a bit differently. We take the first couple of months, August and September, to identify students for the program. We reach out to the ones who hear about us and are willing to take the …

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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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