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Education & Career Development

YES’s Education Services provide multiple traditional and non-traditional educational opportunities for high school and post-secondary education. All youth are enrolled in their school of origin, a local school or our own YES High School. We believe education is critically important and work to ensure that our youth are equipped to graduate high school and go on to post-secondary education or gainful employment.

YES’s Career Development Services give youth the tools to land a full-time position at a livable wage. Our training program offers youth a variety of opportunities (paid internships, job readiness training/workshops, vocational training, long-term career planning) to learn skills that contribute to their employability and workplace competence.

Mental Health Therapy

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YES’s Mental Health Services provide comprehensive, trauma-informed counseling and therapy in a safe and supportive environment. Assessment takes place upon intake to identify each youth’s individual needs and interests and establish their self-directed Individualized Service Plan (ISP), including regular mental health goals and feedback sessions. The program seeks to prevent further cycling through additional placements and facilitate healing for youth who have endured tremendous trauma as they prepare for true permanency in a family-based setting.

YES’s Mental Health Services include: group and individual therapy, family counseling and therapy, psychiatric services, recreational therapy, behavioral therapy, art therapy, substance abuse counseling, stress management, violence prevention, sexual health education, conflict mediation and resolution.

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Life Skills Training

This program offers regular Life Skills workshops to advance residents on their path toward self-sufficiency. Youth receive training in skills such as goal setting, money management, health care, transportation, self-esteem, positive relationships and decision-making.

Social & Enrichment Activities

YES’s programs are designed to build confidence and connections through culturally diverse social and enrichment activities such as hiking, museums, movies, outdoor activities, sporting events, music concerts and more.

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Aftercare & Support Services

As STRTP youth prepare to transition to a permanent, home-based setting — through family reunification, transitional housing, a foster home or independent living arrangements — they also transition into our Aftercare Program. YES Aftercare continues to provide mental health therapy, case management and support services to prevent a return to homelessness and to ensure each youth has the support and resources they need to maintain stability for a healthy, fulfilling future.