YES Academy hosts four unique experiential educational programs throughout the year that serve youths ages 10 and up. Detailed information about each of programs can be found below. Youth must apply and be eligible for each program.
Girls Outdoor Adventure Leaders (GOAL)
Serving girls ages eleven to fourteen.
Girls Outdoor Adventure Leaders (GOAL) is a year-round program that provides pre-teen and teen girls (ages 11-14) with opportunities to develop leadership skills, explore individual sports (such as rock climbing, biking, skiing, and snowboarding), improve self-esteem, set and achieve goals, and challenge gender stereotypes. The GOAL program meets once a week during the school year and three times per week during the summer session for workshops and outdoor adventure activities. The school year is divided into monthly themes supported by guest speakers, workshops and discussions, including:
Career Exploration Program
Preparing YESkids ages fourteen and up for the workplace
The YES Career Exploration Program provides leadership and technical training for the workplace. The program is organized in three major parts: (1) 12 weeks of work readiness classes, (2) a week apprenticeship at YES, and (3) a paid summer job placement. The program, targeted to students 14 years of age and older begins in January and runs through the summer meeting weekly for two and 1/2 hours. Students are required to fulfill the first two parts of the program to be eligible for a part-time paid summer job. YES has placed students at companies such as Dana Farber Cancer Institute, the National Park Service, ZEVIN Asset Management, and Boston Public Schools.
Topics covered in Career Exploration workshops include:
Information about Career Exploration 2013 is now closed. Please check back in December 2013 for information on the 2014 program.
Click here to view photos of the 2012 Career Exploration Students at their job placements!
Junior volunteers must be between the ages of thirteen and eighteen.
The YES Junior Volunteers are inspired and challenged through one of the most high-impact and sought-after youth development programs in all of Boston! Many JRVs are veterans of the YES Operation SnowSports or Outdoor Adventure programs and are ready to give back through working in the rental shop, learning how to be ski and snowboard instructors, and by participating in dynamic after-school youth development workshops. As instructors, JRVs teach other youth how to safely enjoy the outdoors while acting as positive role models. YES has over 65 JRVs!
JRVs work through a tiered youth development model, the JRV Ladder, to track personal growth and development using the same designations that mark the ski and snowboard trails. YES tracks each JRV’s progress in school, community service, on-site trainings and civic engagement, as well as other development areas. Youth work through the following levels:
JRVs enroll in the year-long program and are expected to maintain the following commitment:
YES JRVs also enjoy the following additional perks:
The Junior Volunteer Program accepts new applications during the following periods:
April 1 through May 31, 2012
August 15 through October 12, 2012
All applicants participate in a group interview and receive a CORI background check.
Burton Miller, YES Volunteer Director
Richard Williams Memorial Scholarship
Embracing academics and community service
The Richard Williams Memorial Scholarship is an annual award presented to graduating high school seniors or GED recipients. The scholarship rewards students that demonstrate leadership skills and academic promise as well as aspire to higher education and community service. The vision is to recognize students who want to challenge and inspire, as YES founder Richard Williams did.
HOW TO APPLY
Late, incomplete, or faxed applications will not be accepted. The cover letter, personal essay, letters of recommendation, transcript, and resume must be sent to:
YES Academy Director
Youth Enrichment Services
412 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, MA 02118
The application for the 2013 Richard Williams Memorial Scholarship is NOW AVAILABLE!
Click here for the Application and Instructions.