YESS Programs

YESS programs support youth by building social-emotional skills, post-secondary readiness, and by promoting inclusive conversations around identity and community.

YESS Programs
for Youth and Adults

School & Mentoring Programs       eLearning Youth Programs       Workshops & Community

School Engagement & Peer Mentoring Programs

YESS Classroom Model

YESS Institute partners with schools to provide social-emotional learning, peer mentoring, and academic supports for students.

Road to Success

Road to Success (RtS) is a multi-year, 880-page curriculum for grades 6-12. RtS is informed by CASEL competencies and can be delivered both in-person and virtually.

YESS Peer Mentoring

The YESS Classroom utilizes a culturally responsive peer-to-peer mentoring model based on MENTOR’s Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring and YESS’s 9 Key Components of YESS Mentoring.

Healthy Lifestyles 3.0 eLearning Program

Promoting Social-Emotional Learning and Cannabis Education for Youth

An engaging 9-level eLearning curriculum designed to educate youth about the marijuana issues they are (or will be) confronting and equip them with tools they need to address these challenges.

Program Features

  • Game-like virtual experience
  • Over 270 activities with real-world scenarios
  • Diverse Characters/Heroes
  • Social Emotional Learning
  • Holistic and real world integration
  • Outdoor Education and Financial literacy

Students Learn How to:

  • Make positive decisions
  • Reflect on one’s personal identities
  • Consider one’s best future
  • Remain consistent with one’s values
  • Build healthy relationships
  • Evaluate evidence to make decisions

Workshops & Community

YESS Leadership Training

Influencing communities starts from within, with introspection and deep emotional intelligence. Since its inception, YESS has trained 5,000+ mentors, teachers, parents, nonprofit teams, police officers, and other community leaders to develop these skills. Our teaching style is Socratic with focus on allowing participants to learn from peers. All workshops are customized to the needs of the client

Leadership Training Courses

  1. Peer Mentoring 101
  2. Emotional Intelligence & Relationship Building
  3. Creating Deep Impact
  4. Kids & Cops

Topics Include:

  • Burnout Prevention, The Love Cup
  • Boundaries, Agreements, and Confrontation
  • Self-Awareness and Emotional Management
  • Role Modeling is Key
  • Accountability, Ownership, and Cooperation

Workshops for Educators
  • Focuses exclusively on educator growth and skill development
  • Teaches how to demonstrate accountability
  • Provides expert classroom and behavioral management strategies through mastering boundaries 
  • Teaches how to avoid emotional triggers that can disrupt classroom culture
Workshops for Nonprofit and Community Leaders in Mentorship Roles
  • Do I have the power to Inspire?”
  • “You Are Never Upset for the Reason You Think You Are: How to Behave During Conflict and Confrontation”
  • “How do You Balance Self-Care and Boundaries?”
Professional training for police officers
  • Prioritizes minimizing harm during conflict by educating officers in emotional intelligence
  • Provides adolescent brain development instruction for behavior insight and prediction
  • “Connect Before You Direct: Strategies for De-escalation

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