YES releases a new article on its Motivational Mentoring Model

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Motivation (Constructs) Made Simpler: Adapting Self-Determination Theory for Community-Based Youth Development Programs.
For Immediate Release:  May 2021

YES recently published an article in the Journal of Youth Development titled, Motivation (Constructs) Made Simpler: Adapting Self-Determination Theory for Community-Based Youth Development Programs.


Grounded in the motivation science literature, this paper captures YES’ model of cultivating students’ gradual internalization of motivational regulation by supporting their psychological needs of relatedness, competences, and autonomy. This article traces YES’ work over the last 27 years and provides a practical model for other youth organizations to adopt.

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YES Experiences Growth Through the Decade
Growth through the Decade: 2010 – 2020 YES Snapshot Report
For Immediate Release:  January 2021
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As 2020 came to an end YES sought to find a way to effectively capture the accomplishments, challenges, and overall spirit of our last decade of work. Members of YES’ staff along with an intern from the University of Pittsburgh Community Engagement Center created a report that illustrated the myriad aspects of YES that have defined the last ten years.


This report, “Growth through the Decade: 2010 – 2020 YES Snapshot Report”, serves to honor the legacy of YES while acknowledging the present moments we currently find ourselves in and preparing for the future. Similarly to every program and initiative YES takes on, the report is grounded in and driven by the voices of the youth we serve. As a result, the report is shaped around survey feedback, interviews, and informal conversations had with current YES youth and alumni. The common themes that arose time and again in these interactions are a testament to the lasting impact YES has on the youth it serves, even as these individuals enter adulthood. 


We are excited to share this snapshot of our work over the last decade and hope to use this moment to spring us into another decade of success.

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Gateway Health is partnering with Rite-Aid to run a Pfizer Vaccine Clinic for YES students and families. If you, or your anyone in your family is interested in receiving the vaccine, please complete this sign-up form to schedule your appointment. The form must be completed for each person receiving the vaccine. 


The clinic will be held on Thursday June 3, 2021 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. There will be a follow-up clinic 21 days after your receive your first dose. 


After you complete the sign-up form you will receive a consent form to the email you listed on the sign-up form. Please complete and sign the consent form and bring it with you to your appointment. 


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Pittsburgh, PA 15206


If you have any questions, please contact Michael Callaghan:



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Vaccine Hesitancy Is Growing in the Black Community, and this is a Valid Response to the Long History of Mistreatment by Medical Institutions.

By Rachel Jones

December 21 2020

The recent announcement of two viable COVID-19 vaccine candidates has brought the close to a seemingly endless pandemic into view for many. However, a cultural temperature check on vaccine sentiment may challenge that hope. Recent studies have shown that only about half of Americans would get a coronavirus vaccine. In attempting to account for the other half, it’s easy to trace how arguments of personal freedom used to reject masks could give way to similar rejection of vaccines. The portrait of the anti-vaxxer and the anti-masker are almost identical, both hostile to science, bolstered by Facebook conspiracies, and likely named Karen. 

But that portrait of those who may fear a rushed vaccine leaves out an important group: Black Americans. Vaccine hesitancy is growing in the Black community, and it isn’t limited to just online conspiracy theorists. Black activists, public figures and elected officials have been among those voicing distrust for vaccines. 

To continue reading, please click here » 


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