Category Archive: BLOG

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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Jan
31

2015 at Shaw Heights Middle School – Off to a Great Start!

2015 at Shaw is off to a great start. This semester the mentors met their mentees and progress is already being made. I am very happy to see the mentors taking their role so seriously. A few mentees had trouble getting to class on time this semester. Many mentors suggested that they walk their mentee …

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Jan
27

Strenghtening Relationships and Setting Goals at Lincoln

The first semester has finally come to an end! It was a challenging but successful month here at Lincoln High School. The students were admittedly pushed by their mentors through December to raise their grades and complete all their work before finals.  The majority of the students have said despite being a stressful month, it …

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