About YESS

Since 2001, YESS Institute has empowered over 8,000 youth with social-emotional intelligence and leadership skills for academic, professional, and personal success.

Our Mission

To build inclusive learning communities that support students on their Road to Success.

Our Vision

The YESS Institute envisions its students becoming caring and productive members of their community.

The YESS Organization

Supporting Communities with Passion

The people we serve are the experts of their own lived experiences. Our priority is to serve equitably and inclusively, uplift youth voice, and offer support from our 20 years of experience in SEL youth development.

Key Initiatives

  • Providing training and leadership to the Denver Youth Mentoring Collaborative
  • Co-Founding Mentor Colorado in partnership with statewide and national mentoring leaders
  • Developing curriculum for Bridging the Gap: Kids and Cops Forums by the Denver Office for the Independent Monitor

Collective Impact Efforts

  • The Corridors of College Success by the Ford Foundation in SW Denver
  • My Brother’s Keeper at The Denver Office for Children’s Affairs
  • Contributing our expertise on committees such as 9to25, The Denver Foundation, and Community First Foundation
  • Rocky Mountain PBS Documentary, Standing in the Gap: Race and Denver Schools
  • A Precious Child
International Partners
  • Canadian Women’s Foundation
  • International Mentoring Association
  • Regional School Counselors – Flanders, Belgium
National Partners
  • I Have a Dream Foundation
  • Reading Partners
  • MENTOR
  • Washington DC National Mentoring Summit
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters – El Paso, TX
  • STARS National Conference
  • Radschools.org
Colorado Partners
  • A Precious Child
  • Adams 14 School District
  • Adams County Youth Initiative
  • Auraria Campus
  • Aurora Mental Health Center
  • Aurora Research Institute
  • Boys and Girls Club, Statewide Conference
  • CDHE Colorado Challenge
  • Center for Urban Education – Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • Civic Canopy Community Partnership System
  • CLACE
  • CMAMI
  • College Assistance Migrant Program – Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • Colorado Counseling Corps
  • Colorado Mentoring Symposium
  • Colorado Uplift
  • CYC (Colorado Youth for a Change)
  • AmeriCorps, Denver Department of Human Services
  • Community Reach Center
  • Community First Foundation
  • Community Ministries
  • Denver Educational Attainment Network
  • Denver Office for Independent Monitor
  • Denver Police Department
  • Denver Public Schools
  • Denver Quality Afterschool Connection
  • Denver Scholarship Foundation
  • MENTOR – Colorado
  • Feeding Denver’s Hungry
  • Food Bank of the Rockies
  • Food 4 Thought
  • Goodwill Colorado
  • Estrella TV
  • Helping Habits
  • I Have a Dream Foundation – Boulder/Denver
  • Live Urban Real Estate
  • Mi Casa Resource Center
  • Mile High United Way
  • Mile High Youth Corps
  • OMNI
  • RAFT
  • Richard Male & Associates
  • Rocky Mountain PBS
  • University of Colorado at Denver
  • University of Denver
  • Westminster Public Schools
  • YMCA – Schlessman

YESS Programs & Workshops

Youth Development & EQ Leadership Training

YESS programs support youth in building social-emotional skills and post-secondary readiness. YESS also offers emotional intelligence workshops to adults that support team-building and personal development.

The YESS Difference

Making an Impact for more than 20 Years

The YESS Institute has been supporting youth and communities prepare for success in school, work, and life for over 20 years.

YESS Institute in the News

YESS Institute has been featured in national media including CBS, Fox, and PBS.

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