YES believes in a holistic approach to service—this closes the gap that sometimes exists between schools, families, and community organizations that serve students.
Mentorship is the key factor in YES' two most popular and highly successful Youth Service Delivery Programs, Mentoring Partnerships (MP) and Diversion 2000 (D2000). Each service delivery program offers a subset of programs that align with students’ needs. While MP and D2000 operate independently, they have similar goals: to empower youth through mentorship and cultural and academic enrichment and to aid in creating healthier futures for students and families. Programs are offered in the Fall and Summer.
Mentoring Partnerships offers programs in the following areas:
All About Me
Summer Study for Success
Advocacy and Leadership:
Faith Ranch: Teen Mentor Training Program
FeWi: Female Empowerment and Wellness Initiative
Barbershop: Voices to Men
Summer Work for Success
Learn and Earn: Summer Work Placement
Pathways to Access Program
All About Me
All About Me (AAM) is primarily a mentoring, tutorial, and employability program, with specific academic and cultural activities tailored to address issues of truancy, social adaptation, and academic performance—in hopes of preparing students to be Pittsburgh Promise Eligible.
Advocacy & Leadership
Teen Café (TC) is a student run program where youth explore public health issues threatening their communities. Each month, Teen Café members have a Town Hall Meeting where they discuss current events around the community, vote on issues, and generate plans to mitigate the challenges targeting their communities.
College Prep (CP) is designed for 11th and 12th grade students who are interested in receiving admission testing support, one-on-one mentorship and college guidance, exposure to collegiate contexts, and assistance in completing college and scholarship application materials.
Female Empowerment and Wellness Initiative (FeWi) is designed to provide and foster a positive and healthful space for sisterhood. In a series of sessions and outings, our female students think broadly about their health as they explore wellness through lenses of selfcare, financial independence, physical fitness, and spirituality.
Voices to Men
Voices to Men is designed to provide young men with the knowledge and skills to be socially and economically successful community leaders. Through a variety of targeted sessions, outings, and exercises with male mentors, participants will demonstrate knowledge of and strategically use their social, educational, and real voices and challenge the often-restrictive story plaguing men of color.
The Pathways to Access Program
The Pathways to Access Program (PAP) is a workforce development program that exposes 9–12 graders to a variety of career experience and allows them to develop skills necessary to enter the workforce. Through year-round mentorship, project-based learning experiences, and other skill development opportunities students gain the knowledge about careers that interest them while receiving financial incentives for program participation. Each cohort receives specific outcomes based on their grade level.
Learn and Earn
The Learn and Earn Summer Youth Employment Program is a summer opportunity that provides youth, ages 14 – 21, with employment around the city of Pittsburgh.
Advocacy & Leadership
Teen mentoring certification training (TMCT) is a vital component of YES’ mentoring program and is designed to connect adolescents with resources to build their leadership skills and mentorship knowledge.
Summer Study for Success (SSFS) is the pinnacle of YES’ summer programs and is the most comprehensive, competitive and intensive academic opportunity for youth.