Our youth development and education philosophy focuses on creating leadership from within, engaging at-risk students by providing them with trained peer mentors who come from similar backgrounds and who share the same “cultural zip code.”
We recruit successful 7th and 8th graders to become the mentors in our program. These leaders develop the framework and skills to be positive role models to their peers. In addition, we select one mentor leader to represent each school’s program and assist the program specialist. The Peer Mentors may be star students or even students who were once a mentee themselves.
All programs are on-site, school-based under supervision of YESS and school staff.