YESS Institute

The YESS Institute provides secondary school students the skills to shift the negative cycle of poverty, dropout and violence into a positive cycle of leadership development, civic engagement and economic contribution through peer mentoring and emotional intelligence.

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Road to Success Curriculum

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)

Description

Road to Success is the YESS Institute's 880-page social-emotional curriculum. Containing over 250 instructional hours, aligned with Colorado Grade 10 academic standards, and research-informed on the five core competencies of CASEL, Road to Success provides structured, comprehensive social-emotional skill building to every YESS Classroom.

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Healthy Lifestyles: Marijuana Education Curriculum

Class

Mental Health, Substance Abuse 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)

Description

Developed by YESS Institute's social enterprising branch, YESS Academy, Healthy Lifestyles is marijuana awareness and education curriculum, uniquely designed to empower middle school youth with the information and skills to make positive, personal choices regarding marijuana use.

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YESS Mentoring at Westminster High School

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Ethnic/Racial Minorities
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent

Description

YESS provides a comprehensive, wrap-around student engagement/peer mentoring program that has shown great success in helping at-risk 9th and 10th graders-students with chronic attendance problems, failing grades, who are engaging in risky behaviors, and/or flirting with gang membership-to positively change their behaviors/attitudes and graduate from high school! The YESS cross-age peer-mentoring program has been awarded prestigious CMAMI grant from the US government to establish a program here and evaluate effectiveness among the community of students with diagnosed and undiagnosed disabilities.

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Evidence of Program's Success

During the 2019-2020 school year, YESS staff served 100 students at the Westminster High School on a daily basis. Students showed improvements in school engagement, self-awareness, academics, behavior, and emotional intelligence. We are currently in the process of analyzing pre and post survey data and anticipate strong results.

YESS Mentoring at Adams City High School District 14

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Ethnic/Racial Minorities
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent

Description

YESS provides a comprehensive, wrap-around student engagement/peer mentoring program that has shown great success in helping at-risk 9th and 10th graders-students with chronic attendance problems, failing grades, who are engaging in risky behaviors, and/or flirting with gang membership-to positively change their behaviors/attitudes and graduate from high school! The YESS cross-age peer-mentoring program has recently been awarded prestigious Tony Grampsas funding by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment; recognized for its dropout prevention efforts by the Mayor's Office of Education and Children; featured on Colorado Public Radio; and implemented as a drop out prevention project in several low-performing DPS high schools.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Data :
1. 40+% of students increased attendance from previous year
2.16+% decrease in classes failed
3. 75+% of students increased GPA from previous year
4. 95% of mentees eligible for next grade level

YESS Mentoring in Adams County Middle Schools

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Female Children (5 - 14 years)
Male Children (5 - 14 years)
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged/Indigent

Description

YESS provides a comprehensive, wrap-around student engagement/peer mentoring program that has shown great success in helping at-risk students with chronic attendance problems, failing grades, who are engaging in risky behaviors, and/or flirting with gang membership-to positively change their behaviors/attitudes and graduate from high school. Due to the success of the high school program, YESS was selected to implement the YESS program within 5 Adams county middle schools.

Beginning Fall 2020, YESS works with staff at each target middle school to help identify potential mentees and mentors. Mentees are 6th graders at-risk for suspension, failure, and dropping out of school as demonstrated by serious problems with attendance, behavior or academics during elementary and/or during the first year of middle school. "Successful" 7th or 8th graders who are likely to be a positive role model are selected to serve as mentors.

Based on our past experience, we expect that the majority (90%+) of participating youth will be Hispanic/Latino, the majority (75%) will be first in family to graduate from high school and nearly all (90%) mentors will be the first in family to attend college

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Evidence of Program's Success

During the 2019-2020 school year, YESS staff served 500 students across three Westminster middle schools on a daily basis. Students showed improvements in school engagement, self-awareness, academics, behavior, and emotional intelligence. We are currently in the process of analyzing pre and post survey data and anticipate strong results.

YESS Mentoring at Lincoln, North and West HS - DPS

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General
Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)
Male Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Description

YESS provides a comprehensive, wrap-around student engagement/peer mentoring program that has shown great success in helping at-risk 9th and 10th graders-students with chronic attendance problems, failing grades, who are engaging in risky behaviors, and/or flirting with gang membership-to positively change their behaviors/attitudes and graduate from high school! The YESS cross-age peer-mentoring program has recently been awarded prestigious Tony Grampsas funding by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment; recognized for its dropout prevention efforts by the Mayor's Office of Education and Children; featured on Colorado Public Radio; and implemented as a drop out prevention project in several low-performing DPS high schools.
YESS works with staff at each target school to help identify potential mentees and mentors. Mentees are 9th and 10th graders at-risk for dropping out of school as demonstrated by serious problems with attendance, behavior or academics during middle school and/or during the first year of high school. "Successful" 11th or 12th graders who are likely to be a positive role model are selected to serve as mentors. Annually we serve over 75 mentees (25 from each target school) and 75 mentors (25 from each target school). Based on our past experience, we expect that the majority (90%+) of participating youth will be Hispanic/Latino, the majority (75%) will be first in family to graduate from high school and nearly all (90%) mentors will be the first in family to attend college

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Evidence of Program's Success

Data :
1. 40+% of students increased attendance from previous year
2.16+% decrease in classes failed
3. 75+% of students increased GPA from previous year
4. 95% of mentees eligible for next grade level

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