The YESS Impact

The YESS Institute has been supporting youth, schools and communities for over 20 years.

Making a World of Difference
One Student at a Time

YESS supports students in grades 6-12 with emotional intelligence development and academic engagement that fosters lifelong success in school, careers, and relationships.

20+ Years

Providing youth the SEL and leadership skills to succeed

8000+

Students served in YESS Classrooms

82,000+

Hours of direct support delivered to students and families

YESS by the Numbers

Data shows that peer groups directly influence adolescent behavior. Therefore, we provide students with intensive support in a daily, credited class for an entire academic year.  This is how YESS students compare to their peers in the same cohort:

of YESS students demonstrate positive changes in social-emotional learning 

of YESS students see an increase in earned school credits
of YESS seniors achieve post-secondary acceptance
YESS Mentees average 6 more days of school attended per year
of YESS students are on track to graduate
of Non-YESS students are on track to graduate
percentage increase in ELA achievement among YESS students
percentage increase in Math achievement among YESS students

100%

of YESS seniors achieve post-secondary acceptance

$7.2 Million

Million of financial aid earned collectively by YESS students

50+

Local, state, national and international partners

20+

On-site programs offering embedded in-school programming

Healthy Lifestyles by the Numbers

Since legalization, both youth and adults may make decisions on cannabis based on misinformation. Surveying hundreds of youth across 19 different agencies who completed the Healthy Lifestyles program, this is what students said:

of Healthy Lifestyles participants said it helped them think about who to trust when getting information about marijuana
of Healthy Lifestyles participants said it helped them understand how marijuana impacts brain functions
of Healthy Lifestyles participants said it helped them think about how friends can influence each others’ decisions
of Healthy Lifestyles participants said they better understand the laws around cannabis and how it came to be legal

Hear from YESS Voices

Hear directly from YESS mentees and mentors on how our programs impact their lives.

YESS is a cornerstone for the important prevention and intervention work at any school. Their academic and social-emotional support for the students most in need…. is critical for the goals of college and career readiness for ALL!

Assistant Superintendent, Denver Public Schools

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