East Liberty nonprofit Youth Enrichment Services Named 2019 Champion in Action
“Trib Total Media recognizes the power of the mentorship provided to young people in the Pittsburgh region by Youth Enrichment Services.”
— Jennifer Bertetto, Trib Total Media President and CEO
By Courier Editor, March 4, 2019
The New Pittsburgh Courier has learned that Youth Enrichment Services (YES), a nonprofit providing socially and economically at-risk youth the opportunity to achieve success through participation in mentorship, education and enrichment programs, has been named a 2019 Champion in Action in the category of Youth Leadership. The award, announced jointly by Citizens Bank, WPXI-TV, Trib Total Media and Pittsburgh Cares, includes $35,000 in unrestricted funding as well as promotional and volunteer support for the organization’s outstanding work, according to a release.
Youth Enrichment Services (YES) provides empowerment, experiential opportunities, academic enrichment and summer employment as positive pathways to future success. YES partners with local organizations to create synergy and generates transformative stories, national accolades and positive research outcomes.
Pittsburgh-area students tackle community challenges in Learn and Earn Program
“The goal is to help young people develop a spirit of advocacy, awareness and action.”
— Denise Jones, Program Director at YES.
By Jamie Martines, August 16, 2018
Martell Reese wants to change the world.
And he's starting in Pittsburgh's Homewood neighborhood.
Reese, 14, of East Hills, spent the past six weeks examining the factors that contribute to crime in Homewood. Along with three teammates, he surveyed over 40 Homewood residents in an effort to highlight the factors community members think would help to improve public safety.
"It shows that people do care about their community," Reese said. "And maybe they can change the world with us.
YES recognized as a Champion of Learning
“At the Consortium we often talk about the importance of hope and the need for every one of our kids to believe they have a wonderful future in store for them.”
— Mary Kay Babyak, Executive Directors.
By Patricia Sheridan, April 7, 2018
As one of several finalists, YES received the Champions of Learning Community Award for its two-decades of community outreach. YES was especially honored for creating unique enrichment opportunities that transcend the classroom and that empower youth to redefine, rewrite, and reaffirm their own livelihoods and embrace their natural role as social agents of change in their respective communities.
For more information about the award from the Consortium for Public Education, please click here ».
YES Receives ACHD Lead Mini-Grant
YES received grant funds from the Allegheny County Health Department to conduct an education campaign on lead exposure and to continue lead investigative research in East End communities with youth researchers.
By Theresa Clift, January 4, 2018
The Allegheny County Health Department has awarded nearly $44,000 in grants to help 10 Pittsburgh-area organizations raise awarement about the risks of lead exposure.
For more information on the award and grant from the Allegheny County Health Department, click here ».
YES Students Join Allegheny Health Department Meeting
October 2, 2017
The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) facilitated an ideation session on lead exposure related communications. The goal of the meeting was to generate new and creative ways to communicate with the public about lead education and lead testing. YES students from the “Leading the Discussion on Lead” project were invited to participated in the meeting.
Teens Earn and Learn While Education Their Neighbors About Lead Exposure
By Kara Holsopple, August 17, 2017
It’s a hot, sunny day in August, and high school students McKayla Dixon, Anesa Reed, and Keith Jamison are working their summer jobs. The three teenagers are pounding the pavement, walking up and down hills, with clipboards in hand, hoping to talk with residents in Pittsburgh’s Lincoln-Lemington neighborhood about their exposure
Fighting Lead Exposure on the Home Front: Education, blood tests, water pipes and housing remediation.
By Jill Daly, August 1, 2017
Getting the word out about the dangers
of lead, and how it threatens the health of young children and pregnant women, has taken to the streets this summer.
Pittsburgh YES Students spent a warm afternoon recently tracking customer traffic at two stores in Lincoln-Lemington as research for a lead education program designed and carried out by young people.