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Target Awards Wellness Grant to Support YES Youth

Nov 03, 2017

Youth Enrichment Services (YES) recently received a $80,000 Youth Programming Wellness grant from Target Corporation. The grant will help underwrite YES’s year-round sports-based programs and support an expansion of YES’s healthy eating initiative. Funding from Target will help over 900 YES youth be physically active in the outdoors, learn about nutritious food, and build healthy […]

Youth Enrichment Services Announces Two New Board Appointments

Nov 03, 2017

Youth Enrichment Services (YES) is pleased to announce the appointment of Matt Chisholm and David Gaw to the organization’s Board of Trustees and Board of Directors, respectively. “We are thrilled to welcome Matt and David to the YES Board,” said Executive Director, Bryan Van Dorpe. “Their expertise and guidance will be invaluable to YES as […]

Clay Connections Program Returns for the Second Year at YES

Nov 01, 2017

YES is excited to collaborate for the second year with the Clay Soper Memorial Fund to offer the Clay Connections program throughout the 2017-18 school year. This program was established in 2016 in memory of former YES teen and Winchester resident, Clay Soper, who tragically passed away in 2015. The Clay Connections program brings together middle […]

Complimentary Entry Offered to YES Youth at Spartan Kids Race

Oct 20, 2017

YES is excited to offer YES kids complimentary tickets to the Spartan Kids Races at Fenway Park on November 4 and November 5.  The Spartan Kids Race is open to youth ages 4 – 14.  Activities will encourage youth to jump, run, get muddy, help each other, and have a good time while conquering obstacles. […]

Join YES at the 2017 Annual Celebration!

Oct 12, 2017

Join YES at the 2017 Annual YES Celebration Monday, December 4, 2017 6 – 8:30 PM The Annual Celebration will be held at State Street Pavilion Club – Fenway Park at 20 Yawkey Way Boston, MA Overlooking the playing field and the Boston city skyline, the State Street Pavilion, located on Fenway’s upper level behind home plate, […]

YES Annual Ski Sale

Sep 13, 2017

Come join YES for its annual ski sale on Sunday, November 19 from 10 – 2 pm at the YES office (412 Mass Ave Boston, MA). There will be used and new ski equipment for sale! Contact David Harris at recreation@yeskids.org with any questions!

Make an Impact with YES!

Sep 11, 2017

Are you looking for an opportunity to give back and meet new people this year? Volunteer with YES and give youth access to meaningful outdoor and enrichment programs. Last year, over 200 volunteers supported YES and helped deliver programming to over 1,600 youth! Applications are now open for 2017 – 2018 Operation SnowSports volunteers. Click […]

Boston Runners Come Together and Celebrate Community at The Martin Richard Memorial One Mile Invitational

Aug 21, 2017

  Over 250 racers of all abilities and ages participated in the 4th Annual Martin Richard Memorial One Mile Invitational on August 17, making it the largest Invitational to date. The Invitational is an annual event which celebrates the life of Martin Richard, a YES Track & Field participant. 2017 event partners included the Martin Richard Charitable Foundation, […]

Police Commissioner William Evans Visits YES Track & Field Program

Jul 20, 2017

As part of the Boston Police Department’s ongoing efforts to foster positive relationships with youth and families, Police Commissioner William Evans recently visited YES’s Track & Field practice at Moakley Park in South Boston on July 10. Commissioner Evans spoke to youth and families about the Boston Police Department’s efforts to build a safe community […]

YES Teens Learn about Philanthropy with Highland Street Foundation

Jun 22, 2017

“Why do people donate to non-profits?” “What makes a non-profit effective?” A group of YES teens explored questions like these while learning about philanthropy in a workshop led by 19-year-old YES Alumni, Aaliyah Yarde, and Ashley Belizaire, YES College Prep Fellow. The Youth Philanthropy Initiative workshop, funded by the Highland Street Foundation, met twice a week in […]

Meet YES’s 2017 Richard Williams Memorial Scholarship Recipients

Jun 19, 2017

The Richard Williams Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 2006 in memory of Richard Williams, who founded YES in 1968. While he did not achieve more than an 8th-grade education, Richard realized that education was the key to unlocking dreams. He knew that each young person was an asset and the pursuit of post-secondary education […]

YES High School Seniors have a 100% Matriculation Rate Seventh Consecutive Year

Jun 10, 2017

For the seventh year in a row, all YES high school seniors have graduated from high school and gone on to pursue a secondary education. YES extends a big congratulations to the Class of 2017. YES has enjoyed growing with each student – and looks forward to seeing what great successes they will achieve in the upcoming years. […]

Youth Enrichment Services Receives $10,000 Youth Fitness Revolution Grant from The Reebok Foundation

May 09, 2017

Youth Enrichment Services (YES) has been selected to receive a $10,000 Youth Fitness Revolution Grant through The Reebok Foundation. The Reebok Foundation’s Youth Fitness Revolution Grant is a new pilot grants program which focuses on increasing the number of fit and active youth in the United States. The Foundation seeks to support organizations and programs […]

YES Gala Raises Over $600k for Boston Youth

Apr 21, 2017

Over 350 YES supporters, including Olympic skier Julia Ford, attended YES’s 7th Annual Black Diamond Gala on Thursday, April 6 at Royale. A highlight from the evening was the two speeches given by YES youth, Juan Pablo Zuluaga and Laura Mendez, who both hope to be the first in their family to attend college. Laura, […]

YES Track & Field Youth Have an Outstanding Performance at BAA Relay

Apr 18, 2017

YES was represented well in both the BAA Middle School 1000 Meter Invitational and BAA High School Mile Invitational on Saturday, April 15.  Katie Keating finished 7th (3:35) in the Girls Middle School 1000, while Zach Mitchell came in 3rd place (3:08) in the Boys Middle School Invitational 1000. In the Girls High School 1 Mile, […]

Clay Connections Program Piloted with Clay Soper Memorial Fund

Mar 20, 2017

YES was pleased to collaborate this winter with the Clay Soper Memorial Fund to help pilot the Clay Connections program.  This very special program was established in memory of former YES teen and Winchester resident, Clay Soper, who tragically passed away in 2015. The Clay Connections program aims to bring together students from different backgrounds […]

Mayor Walsh Visits YES; Inspires YES Youth to Pursue a Pathway to Success

Mar 10, 2017

City of Boston Mayor, Martin J. Walsh, visited Youth Enrichment Services (YES) on Thursday, March 9 and spoke to youth about civic issues and his personal journey into leadership. Mayor Walsh talked to YES’s young people about how he overcome obstacles in his life, including cancer as a child and substance abuse as a young […]

YES Announces Its 7th Annual Black Diamond Gala

Jan 17, 2017

Join us at the 7th Annual Black Diamond Gala to benefit YES on Thursday, April 6, 2017! The event will take place from 5:30 – 9:30 pm at Royale in downtown Boston. The evening includes a fantastic live auction and silent auction, all-night reception, entertainment, appearances by world class, Olympic athletes, and a special presentation sharing the […]

YES Releases 2016 Impact Report

Jan 01, 2017

Fiscal Year 2016 was a year of great impact and achievement at YES. More than 1,600 youth explored the great outdoors with us – many for the first time. Over half of youth served were from YES’s target neighborhoods of Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan. 75% of youth were from low-to-moderate income families. We are inspired […]

Ski Industry Leader, Bernie Weichsel, Honored at 2016 YES Annual Celebration

Dec 05, 2016

Over 200 supporters, volunteers, and friends came together on December 7, 2016 to celebrate Youth Enrichment Services (YES) and its achievements throughout the year. The event, held at Fenway Park’s State Street Pavilion, was an especially meaningful night as long-time YES supporter, Bernie Weichsel, was awarded the YES Lifetime Achievement award. Bernie is president of BEWI […]

YES Partnering with Spartan Races to Offer Discounted Tickets to Spartan Kids Races

Nov 03, 2016

YES is excited to partner with Spartan to offer youth in our programs 30% discounted tickets to the Spartan Kids Races at Fenway Park on Saturday and Sunday November 12 and 13. The Spartan Kids Race is open to youth ages 4-14. Activities will encourage youth to jump, run, get muddy, help each other, and […]

GOAL Girls Challenge Stereotypes and Build Self-Confidence

Oct 11, 2016

12-year-old YES youth Amelia and Tamsen have big dreams. Amelia would like to be a lawyer or doctor some day while Tamsen dreams of becoming a robotic engineer. These are big dreams for any child, regardless of their gender, but it’s especially easy for young girls to get pushed or persuaded out of their dreams […]

New Look; Same Vision of Opportunity

Sep 14, 2016

The past several years have brought tremendous, positive growth to Youth Enrichment Services (YES). With your support, we have added new programs and met the changing needs of Boston’s youth. And starting today, we will have a fresh, new look to match our dynamic organization! With the help of the Putnam Investments Marketing Team, we embarked on […]

The Impact of YES: Caitlyn’s Story

Sep 02, 2016

As an athlete and a coach, 17-year-old Caitlyn knows the impact that a good coach can have on a child’s life. “A coach has a big impact on a child’s life. They serve as our role models and teach us how to maintain a healthy lifestyle.” Caitlyn is a student at John O’Bryant High School […]

Youth Enrichment Services Receives $25,000 Grant from BNY Mellon

Aug 15, 2016

Youth Enrichment Services (YES) has been selected to receive a $25,000 grant from BNY Mellon. The grant will support capacity building and expansion within the organization’s Career Exploration program for Boston high school students. YES was chosen for the grant during a highly competitive review process. The funding will enable YES to expand its Career […]

Youth Explore the Berkshires in YES’s Outdoor Adventure Program

Aug 05, 2016

Many young people in Boston have little or no access to the outdoors. For youth of color or low socioeconomic status, access is even more limited with additional hurdles such as a lack of diversity in the outdoors, expensive equipment, and a scarcity of affordable transportation to green spaces. Youth Enrichment Services (YES), a Boston […]

The Impact of YES: Ethan’s Story

Jul 28, 2016

In true YES spirit, 14-year-old Ethan wanted to get out of his comfort zone and try something new this summer. He had actively engaged with YES’s Outdoor Adventure programs since he was 12 years old and loved learning how to rock climb, kayak, and mountain bike. Ethan developed a passion for the outdoors and was […]

YES Track and Field Launches New Site for Summer

Jun 16, 2016

The YES Track and Field/Cross County Program was started in 2009.  The program gives hundreds of Boston families the opportunity to engage in dynamic and healthy activities during the fall, spring, and summer seasons.  The program is offered free-of-charge. This summer, in addition to offering programming at Moakley Park in South Boston, the YES Track […]

Youth Enrichment Services Honored as a Spotlight Partner by Massachusetts Promise Fellowship

May 19, 2016

Youth Enrichment Services was honored as Massachusetts Promise Fellowships’s 2016 Spotlight Partner at their 4th Annual Pancakes & Partners Celebration on May 18. Through the Massachusetts Promise Fellowship, Fellows are placed with youth-serving organizations for a year of service work. Supported by the network of the Fellowship, Fellows gain experience managing programs as they grow as leaders of their own projects. […]

YES College Prep Program Visits Six Schools over April Vacation

May 09, 2016

This April, twelve YES teens participated in a week-long April Vacation College Tour as part of YES’s College Prep Program. YES teens visited six schools in seven days during April break, including Champlain College, NYU, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, St. Michael’s University, UMass Amherst, and Yale University. For many YES teens, college tours are both a financial burden and […]

YES teen, Aaliyah Yarde, featured in the Dorchester Reporter

May 09, 2016

Mattapan teen and YES Junior Volunteer, Aaliyah Yarde, was featured in the Dorchester Reporter for her inspiring speech at the YES Black Diamond Gala. Aaliyah delivered her speech to 400+ guests on April 7 at Royale. During her speech, Aaliyah told the crowd, “The inclusion and sense of community I experience at YES is something I’ve never experienced anywhere else.” Read the full article. […]

YES teens deliver moving speeches at 6th Annual Black Diamond Gala

May 03, 2016

More than 400 guests joined together to celebrate and support Youth Enrichment Services (YES) at its 6th Annual Black Diamond Gala on Thursday April 7, 2016.  More than $625,000 was raised at the event – a nearly 10% increase as compared to last year’s gala.  Funds will directly support YES’s mission to provide Boston’s young […]

YES Impact Report now available

Apr 28, 2016

Youth Enrichment Services’ (YES) Impact Report details the organization’s yearly progress and acknowledges supporters who make our work possible.  Because of your generous support, more than 1,600 Boston youth gained access to out-of-school-time enrichment programs with YES.  They explored the outdoors, developed leadership skills, and prepared for college and the workforce.  Thank you! You helped […]

YES Marathon Runner, Carolyn, featured in the Cohasset Mariner.

Mar 04, 2016

YES Marathon Runner and Cohasset resident, Carolyn, was recently featured in the Cohasset Mariner for her Boston marathon run with Team YES. Carolyn and her husband, Jason, have been long -time supporters of YES. Both Carolyn and Jason are outdoor enthusiasts and are deeply supportive of YES’s mission to get inner-city youth outdoors. Carolyn has […]

Meet YES’s 2016 Boston Marathon Team

Mar 01, 2016

Youth Enrichment Services (YES) is honored to have four dedicated runners in the 2016 Boston Marathon. Thank you to the John Hancock Boston Marathon Non-Profit Bib Program for donating the charity bibs to YES. This year, our team will raise over $40,000 to support our mission to inspire and challenge youth with physical and mental activities […]

YES Youth Rock Climb with World Champion, Sasha DiGiulian

Nov 01, 2015

The top-ranked female rock climber in the world, Sasha DiGiulian, recently led a free rock climbing clinic for Boston youth.  Children and teens attending the clinic were part of a rock climbing program at the Boston-based nonprofit, Youth Enrichment Services (YES).  The event took place on September 26 at Central Rock Gym, an indoor rock […]

YES Youth Spotlight: Destiny’s Story

Oct 21, 2015

 “YES is a special safe haven, where I feel like I can be myself and make new friends.” -Destiny, YES teen   13-year-old Destiny fell in love with the mountains during her first Operation SnowSports season with YES in 2010.  Little did she know that she would quickly develop into a confident snowboarder and role model to […]

YES and the Charles River Conservancy Team Up for Teens

Oct 19, 2015

Youth Enrichment Services (YES) recently entered into an exciting new partnership with the Charles River Conservancy (CRC).  The two organizations are teaming up to bring teens a new service learning opportunity in the outdoors. This multi-week program is being piloted this fall. YES teens will participate in weekly outdoor landscaping and maintenance projects in the […]

YES teen featured in the Boston Globe hopes to “advocate for tolerance of all people”

Sep 28, 2015

17 year-old Boston resident and YES teen, Chris C., had his personal essay on advocacy for LGBTQ rights published in the Boston Globe this Sunday. Chris has been a Junior Volunteer Leader at YES since 2014. As a Junior Volunteer Leader, Chris taught Boston youth how to ski and snowboard and took part in leadership […]

YES volunteer applications are now open!

Aug 17, 2015

Applications are now available for YES Volunteers. There are volunteer opportunities with our Operation SnowSports program and within our YES Academy programs. Deadline: Applications are due November 18  for Operation Snowsports. Applications for YES Academy volunteers are rolling. Click here to learn more and apply!    

YES celebrates the life of teen volunteer, Clay Soper

Jul 20, 2015

YES celebrates the life of 19-year-old teen volunteer, Clay Soper, who unexpectedly passed away over the weekend.  Clay was active in YES’s Junior Volunteer Program throughout high school and college, a passionate skier, and a lover of the outdoors. “On behalf of all of us at YES, we offer my heartfelt condolences to the Soper family […]

An interview with Mark Williams – Son of YES founder, Richard Williams

Jul 10, 2015

Boston born and raised, Mark Williams is the son of YES founder Richard Williams. Today, Mark lives in Salt Lake City and gives back to YES by serving as a YES Trustee and chairing the YES Alumni Circle. Thinking back on his childhood years spent with YES, Mark says he learned many important life values including […]

YES high school seniors have a 100% matriculation rate 5th consecutive year

Jun 12, 2015

For the 5th consecutive year, 100% of high school seniors participating in Youth Enrichment Services (YES) programs are graduating from high school.  YES extends a big congratulations to the Class of 2015.  “YES founder, Richard Williams, believed deeply that the pursuit of post-secondary education was the key for young people to reach their full potential,” said Bryan Van […]

Youth Enrichment Services receives Cummings Foundation grant

Jun 11, 2015

Youth Enrichment Services (YES) been selected as one of 100 local nonprofits to receive grants of $100,000 each through Cummings Foundation’s $100K for 100 program. YES was chosen from more than 400 applicants during a very competitive review process. Youth Enrichment Services is a Boston non-profit which gives inner-city youth access to high-quality out-of-school-time outdoor […]

Youth Enrichment Services Track Program Receives $7,500 New Balance Foundation Grant

Jun 05, 2015

Youth Enrichment Services (YES) has been selected to receive a $7,500 grant from the New Balance Foundation through NB SparkStart, a global charitable initiative focused on improving the health, well-being and self-esteem of children through movement.  Through grants, associate volunteerism and engagement, athlete involvement, product donations, retail events and consumer engagement, NB SparkStart aligns New […]

YES High School Seniors have a 100% matriculation rate fifth year in a row

Jun 01, 2015

For the fifth year in a row, all YES high school seniors have graduated from high school and gone on to pursue a secondary education. YES extends a big congratulations to the Class of 2015. YES has enjoyed growing with each student- and looks forward to seeing what great successes they will achieve in the upcoming years. […]

YES reaches new heights with City Ascents rock climbing intensive

Jun 01, 2015

Overcoming obstacles: that is what YES’s new rock climbing intensive, City Ascents, is all about. The program, led by YES Outreach Coordinator Ethan George,was developed as a way for urban youth to learn how to rock climb and develop confidence with a group of their peers.Ten students from the Josiah Quincy Upper School in Boston participated […]

YES Teen, Jordan Levitch, Featured in the Brookline Tab

May 06, 2015

This May, Jordan was featured in the Brookline Tab for his inspiring speech at the YES Black Diamond Gala. Jordan delivered his speech to 500+ guests on April 2nd at the Renaissance Hotel. During his speech, Jordan told the crowd, “I know that at YES I have a constant group of people that have my […]

YES Receives Reebok Foundation Grant to Fund YES Academy Programs

May 01, 2015

YES is pleased to have been chosen by the Reebok Foundation for a $5,000 grant for its high-impact YES Academy programming. The Reebok Foundation supports programs designed to serve inner-city youth and provide youth with the tools they need to lead healthy, happy, and active lives. The grant will be used to continue growing the […]

Outdoor Adventure Program Expands with New Partners

Apr 24, 2015

YES youth will have the opportunity to fish, sail, and more with the new Harbor Explorers program! This summer, YES will offer a new paddleboarding program and a new Harbor Explorers program as part of Outdoor Adventure thanks to new partnerships with Save the Harbor, Save the Bay and with Piers Park. Through a partnership […]

YES Marathon Runners Raise More than $20k for YES Kids

Apr 20, 2015

This winter, YES Marathon runners Jaime and Kelly began a journey they would never forget. They decided to run their first marathon, the Boston Marathon, for YES. For Jaime and Kelly, training and running the Boston Marathon was an incredibly rewarding, albeit challenging process. Upon completing the Marathon, Kelly shared with YES, ” I was struggling at mile […]

YES in the News! Boston Globe features YES Youth at the BAA Relay

Apr 18, 2015

YES’s Track & Field Team participated in the BAA Relay on April 18, 2015.  The Boston Globe highlighted YES youth’s participation, including our “12 year and Under” runners finishing in 2nd Place.  Executive Director Bryan Van Dorpe was pleased with the turn-out at the event and told the Boston Globe, “It’s so nice to be able to be part […]

YES Black Diamond Gala raises more than $500,000 for Boston youth

Apr 06, 2015

More than 500 guests joined to celebrate and support YES at the 5th Annual Black Diamond Gala Youth Enrichment Services hosted its 5th Annual Black Diamond Gala on Thursday April 2, 2015. Over 500 people attended the event in support of YES’s mission to provide Boston’s inner-city youth with year-round outdoor enrichment and leadership programs. The event […]

NH Ski Executive and Diversity Leader Receives Achievement Award

Apr 03, 2015

Jim Wall, Director of Services at Pats Peak, was awarded the YES Achievement Award at Youth Enrichment Services’s 5th Annual Black Diamond Gala in Boston on April 2, 2015. The YES Achievement Award is presented annually to an individual who exemplifies the YES mission to better the lives of young people and foster life-long respect […]

Jim Wall, NH Ski Executive and Diversity Leader, Receives the 2015 YES Achievement Award

Apr 02, 2015

Jim Wall, Director of Services at Pats Peak, was awarded the YES Achievement Award at Youth Enrichment Services’s 5th Annual Black Diamond Gala in Boston on April 2, 2015. The YES Achievement Award is presented annually to an individual who exemplifies the YES mission to better the lives of young people and foster life-long respect […]

2nd Annual YES Day at Nashoba Valley

Mar 21, 2015

    Doug Coombs Exploration Award winner Jonathan V.  poses with YES Academy Director Shiona DeCarvalho   Partners YES and the Doug Coombs Foundation held their  2nd Annual YES Day at Nashoba Valley on Sunday, March 1st.The 2nd Annual YES Day kicked off with a YES donor appreciation breakfast in the morning and a brief […]

YES sends our condolences to the family and friends of Samantha Sadd

Feb 10, 2015

All of us from Youth Enrichment Services (YES) would like to express heartfelt condolences on the passing of Samantha Sadd of the Hawthorne Youth and Community Center.  Sam was a true friend and collaborator with YES since our inception in 1968.  Samantha provided hope and opportunity to many families of ​the greater Roxbury community.

YES welcomes new Board President at Annual Meeting

Jan 29, 2015

At YES’s Annual Celebration on December 8th 2014,  YES welcomed all of the Board and Advisory Council members that joined YES in 2014. YES welcomed thirteen new trustees, including Kim Dukes Rivers, David Fitzgerald, Rosalind Johnson, Tom Karam, Brian Lash, Mark McKenna, Wendi McKenna, Chris Peabody, Ian Sanderson, Sheldon Simon, George Stathis, Brian Strachan, and Jess Williams. In 2014, YES also welcomed two new advisory council members- Tony […]

31 Nights of Light Lighting Ceremony

Dec 30, 2014

Youth Enrichment Services (YES), was chosen as a Prudential Center “31 Nights of Lights” 2014 Lighting Partner this winter. For the month of December, the Prudential Tower lights up a different color each night to raise awareness of a local non-profit organization. On Tuesday, December 30, YES will flip the switch to light up the Prudential […]

YES Launches New Cross-Country Ski Program for Urban Youth

Dec 09, 2014

Youth Enrichment Services (YES), a Boston non-profit, will offer a new cross-country skiing program to urban youth this winter. YES will be partnering with Weston Ski Track in Weston, MA to offer cross-country ski lessons and equipment at a discounted price to youth. The program will give youth access to cross-country skiing that otherwise may […]

Freshman Washawn Castro receives Abel Harris Scholarship from Youth Enrichment Services

Nov 22, 2014

Youth Enrichment Services (YES) recently awarded its 2014 Abel Harris Scholarship Fund award to Dorchester native, Washawn Castro. Washawn, now a freshman at UMASS Amherst, was a Junior Volunteer at YES for four years. As a Junior Volunteer, Washawn took part in leadership workshops and taught urban youth ages 7 to 13 how to ski […]

Swann Lodge and Killington Lodge rentals begin

Nov 01, 2014

Spend Your Winter at Swann Lodge in the Berkshires or Killington Lodge in Killington VT: Rentals Managed by Youth Enrichment Services (YES) Swann Lodge rustic cabin experience includes: – Sleeping accommodations for up to 24 guests – Nearby access to Butternut Ski Resort (10-15 min drive) – Two hours from Boston, MA – Secluded, private […]

YES receives two bibs for the Boston Marathon

Oct 31, 2014

YES received two official numbers as part of the 2015 John Hancock Boston Non-Profit Marathon Program. Are you interested in running in the Boston Marathon on April 20, 2015 and raising money to support YES?  In exchange for an official number to the Boston Marathon, the runner needs to raise a minimum of $10,000 for […]

Youth Enrichment Services chosen as a Prudential Center Lighting Partner

Oct 29, 2014

Youth Enrichment Services (YES), a Boston non-profit organization, was chosen as a Prudential Center “31 Nights of Lights” 2014 Lighting Partner. For the month of December, the Prudential Tower lights up a different color each night to raise awareness of a local non-profit organization. On Wednesday, December 30, YES will flip the switch to light up […]

New Junior Volunteer Leadership Intensive successfully debuts

Oct 01, 2014

YES’ s new Junior Volunteer Leadership Intensive program successfully debuted this September. The intensive is a six week program offering youth who are new to leadership roles an opportunity to grow their leadership skills. Through workshops, outdoor activities, and community service, youth will develop and demonstrate their personal leadership style. Upon completion of the leadership intensive, junior […]

Hostelling International Awards YES a Travel Scholarship to Visit Martha’s Vineyard

Sep 09, 2014

 Youth Enrichment Services (YES) was chosen to receive a YOUTH Travel Scholarship Award by Hostelling International Boston this summer. The YOUTH Travel Scholarship is offered to community-based, youth-serving organizations as a way to enable young people to discover and examine life outside of the city. As a scholarship recipient, Youth Enrichment Services was awarded funds […]

YES Executive Director Bryan Van Dorpe advocates for parks in Boston Globe article.

Aug 18, 2014

YES Executive Director, Bryan Van Dorpe, contributed to a Boston Globe article about the cuts in federal funding for parks. In the article, Bryan comments that reducing federal funding to state parks will be a severe loss for inner city youth. Without federal funding, Boston-area youth will never have access to nature. In the long […]

Youth Enrichment Services Track Program chosen for New Balance grant

Aug 01, 2014

  The YES Track & Field Program is pleased to have been chosen by the New Balance Foundation for a grant through the NB SparkStart Initiative. NB SparkStart is a global initiative focused on improving the health, well-being and self-esteem of children through movement. YES Track and Field was a clear match for the initiative […]

Meet and greet with YES Alum and intern Jenny!

Jul 30, 2014

Former YES teen, Jenny Delgado, has joined the YES staff as a development intern this summer!  She is helping with marketing, fundraising, and Alumni activities. We sat down with Jenny and asked her about what its like to return to YES as a college student! YES: What is your first memory of YES? Jenny:  My […]

Help the YES Track & Field program continue!

Jul 10, 2014

This summer, the YES Track and Field enrolled 300+ participants in the program, the highest number of participants yet. Due to the unprecedented interest, many more families were interested in joining were added to a waiting list for the program. In order to meet the needs of this program, YES is turning to YES supporters, […]

YES High School Seniors have a 100% matriculation rate fourth year in a row

Jun 25, 2014

For the fourth year in a row, all YES high school seniors have graduated from high school and gone on to pursue a secondary education. YES extends a big congratulations to the Class of 2014. YES has enjoyed growing with each student- whether they have been with YES for one year or for seven years. […]

The YES Summer Track & Field Season has debuted

Jun 12, 2014

June 12, 2014 The YES Summer Track & Field started off with a bang on Monday, June 9th with more than 130 youth coming for the first practice of the season. The free YES track and field program is now in its fifth year! The YES Track and Field program began at the grassroots level in South […]