Mentor Leaders are at North, West Leadership Academy, Lincoln, Adams City, and Westminster High Schools
YESS Mentor Leaders support our classrooms by coordinating and managing the students involved in the program. A Mentor Leader embodies the YESS Mentoring philosophy within the school and helps engage students in the curriculum. They are responsible for supporting the Program Manager each week to build momentum and structure within the group. They use their leadership skills to hold all of the mentors accountable, and provide stability in the community.
Stay tuned as the 2019-2020 YESS Program Managers are getting to know the students, Mentor leaders will be voted on soon!
I have been called a “people-person data-nerd”, and I try to make the most of both these qualities in everything I do. Bringing over 18 years experience in research/evaluation fields, my mission and passion is to help people and organizations truly use data to improve the lives of others.
For five years I served as Research and Evaluation Director for the Youth Initiative of Adams County (ACYI), where I was responsible for helping a partnership of 5 school districts and over 50 community/nonprofit partners collect and utilize data to improve outcomes for children and youth. Since 2016 I have worked in Westminster Public School District coordinating and evaluating several grants – including an ‘At-Risk Student Services’ grant in which YESS programming was a major component. Prior to my data and evaluation work with schools and youth-serving nonprofits, I spent 10 years studying social psychology and neuroscience, conducting research, and teaching statistics and research methods at the University of Colorado Boulder, where I received an M.A. in 2011. My research focused on how race and gender stereotypes influence our perceptions and actions toward others, and strategies that might reduce biased thinking and behavior.
I am a Colorado native – originally from a small town in the mountains, and I love to spend every possible minute outdoors. I am also a devoted fan of our local sports teams, and I enjoy live music, reading, crossword puzzles, gardening, painting, and most of all spending time with family and friends.
Our primary focus in all actions taken, policies made, and lessons planned is the welfare of the YESS students, because we envision all our students becoming caring and productive members in their communities.
The YESS staff are our ambassadors to the Denver Metro Area. We seek people who want to further our mission to bring positive youth development to the community, and to help students find “their Road to Success.” To learn about job opportunities, look us up on Indeed. Our hiring season is typically near the end of the Spring Semester. If you are interested in joining the Board of Directors to gain a voice in the direction of our agency, please contact our Co-Founder and Executive Director, Carlo Kriekels, at 303.674.3532 or firstname.lastname@example.org