Youth Empowered Solutions (YES!) is a statewide nonprofit that was founded in 2007 and became operational January 1, 2008. YES! was the shared concept of five visionary young adults who, after realizing success in creating and implementing youth-led tobacco prevention advocacy efforts across North Carolina for seven years, saw an unmet need for a holistic approach to adolescent health that included youth-adult partnerships and policy advocacy. The YES! Youth Empowerment Model grew from this and has become the framework that the organization is centered on.
“This was our shared vision. We had a strong belief that this Youth Empowerment Model would be successful if applied to other critical public health issues. It is truly amazing to see the successful practice of the YES! Model in the work we do every day. It is truly a dream come true!” says Bronwyn Lucas, YES! co-founder and executive director.
Today, YES! is a vibrant organization with offices in Raleigh, Charlotte and Asheville. It is marked by its innovative practices, dedicated and energetic staff and committed board of directors.