Our mission at YES is to continue to grow and expand opportunities to invest in as many Pittsburgh youth and families as possible. Out of this mission comes our core belief that there are no throw-away kids. We support any students who express interest in, and meet the criteria for, our Mentoring Partnerships and Diversion and Restorative programs. We are persistent and serious about supporting all students, even those with the most challenging cases, as we deem students to be our greatest and most valuable resource. Students drive and lead our programming initiatives, inform the critical work in which we engage, demonstrate strength in overcoming obstacles, and further evidence our impact.
Students enter YES through two pathways: Mentoring Partnerships or Diversion and Restorative Practices. Mentoring Partnerships offers students a host of academic, workforce, and mentorship-related program opportunities, while Diversion and Restorative Practices offers justice- (or pre-justice-) system involved youth alternatives to detention and intentional mentoring support. Regardless of how students journey through YES, the objective is for all students to improve their academic profiles, reframe their self-concepts, and build a stronger sense of identity and commitment to their communities.
DIVERSION & RESTORATIVE PRACTICES
ONCE DONE, TRANSITION INTO MP PROGRAMMING
SCHOOL YEAR + SUMMER
GENERAL YES SERVICES
2-YEAR, 4-YEAR, VOCATIONAL INSTITUTION
Our emphasis is on mentorship and relationship building with the goal of empowering students to do more than survive but thrive. While each student experience is unique, YES’ ultimate goal is for all students to obtain meaningful educational and career opportunities where they become their own best resource, build wealth, positively impact their communities, and return to YES to pay-it-forward for the next generation of leaders.
GENERAL YES SERVICES
CHANGE AGENT IN THE COMMUNITY
YES ROLE MODEL
OUR COLLEGE STUDENTS
YES is committed to ensuring students gain access to post-secondary educational opportunities and resources. Students have attended over 16 different colleges and universities across the country, including University of Pittsburgh, New York University, and plenty of other institutions. Below are examples of colleges and universities that our dynamic freshmen attend.