Youth Empowered Solutions (YES!) is a nonprofit organization that empowers youth, in partnership with adults, to create community change. We equip high school youth and their adult allies with the tools necessary to take a stand in their communities and create change that will positively impact adolescent health.
YES! is committed to creating a society where empowered youth leaders work alongside adults to create just, equitable and thriving communities.
WHAT WE DO
YES! has developed a nationally-recognized model of social change through youth empowerment and provides training and customized services to organizations and individuals to leverage the unique skills and advocacy power of young people.
WHY OUR WORK MATTERS
Young people under the age of 18 make up more than a quarter of the U.S. population, yet their potential as a generation to contribute to a better society is systematically ignored. Our nation is suffering economically, creatively and civilly as a result. YES! staff work on local policy, system and environmental change, and then train other teams of youth and adults to replicate the work in their own communities.
For every $1 invested in YES!, 11 people are impacted by a changed policy or system. The average number of people impacted per change is 532,846.
We support our clients and funders in empowering youth to:
- Reduce childhood obesity
- Ensure access to health care
- Eliminate teen tobacco use
- Decrease underage drinking
- Strengthen youth-adult partnerships
- Become public health leaders of tomorrow