YES! was founded in the Triangle Region of North Carolina and our main office is located in the capital city of Raleigh, NC. Our Raleigh team is our newest team of young people leading the charge on youth empowerment, racial equity and community change. Check out this spectacular team!
Cristian like to spend time after school participating in school clubs such as: Conversations In Dialogue (CID), History Bowl, Spanish Club, and Young Democrats. His favorite high school memory is from 9th grade Civics & Economics class. He regards it as one of, if not the best class he’s ever taken. “It wasn’t what the curriculum taught us though,” he says, “it was the people who made it such a great place.” We were one big family and I will never forget how happy (and sad) that class made me. Jacob Turner worked at YES! and was part of the CID team. “When we needed a space to hold our end-of-year event, Jacob asked YES! and they were generous enough to allow us to use theirs,” said Cristian. He applied to YES! because he wanted to be able to make positive change in any community but needed the skills to do so. Cristian plans to attend NCSU for a degree in mechanical engineering or architecture.
Jasmin joined our team in July of 2018 as a youth staff. She is currently a junior at Enloe High School (GO EAGLES!). At school she stays busy; she is co president of SPEAK!enloe, the school’s podcast club, fundraising chair of the school’s speech and debate club, and a member of Food Ark’s, a nonprofit fighting food insecurity, outreach committee. For most of her life, her mom worked in the nonprofit sector. In turn the ideas of advocacy, equity, and compassion were ingrained in her at an early age. This gave Jasmin a unique perspective growing up, it allowed her to recognize the world’s flaws and realities, which created a passion for social justice. . Besides being exposed to advocacy work from a young age. Outside of school, you can find her painting/drawing, with friends, or having a ten hour documentary marathon. After graduating, Jasmin hopes to attend American University (She’s meant to be an eagle for life) with the intent of going to law school.
Jacob joined the YES! youth staff team in June 2017. Now, a current senior at Enloe High School, Jacob has worked in and outside of YES! to promote public health and equity throughout his community. Alongside his delivering of trainings and attending various conference for YES!, he is a member of NC Child’s Youth Advisory Council. As part of his work for the local non-profit, he surveyed over 200 youth, presented to his local school board, advised the county on curriculum revisions, and received recognition for inspiring the alteration of the county’s policies on Tobacco Use in schools. For his school, Jacob is a member for the Enloe 5, a group of five students which have lead an initiative for more equitable practices at Enloe. They have presented to their school’s faculty, the county’s principal, and other school officials. Jacob is the drum major of his high school’s marching band and news editor for the school newspaper. In his free time, he enjoys listening to podcasts, watching soccer, and traveling.
Christian is a 16 years old junior in high-school and he is a member of the red cross club. He does not play any sports right now but he looks to find a local football or basketball team. Outside of school Christian has another job as a food runner and hopes to work his way up to being a chef somewhere. He heard about YES! through his school’s newsletter and saw that it was a great opportunity and learning experience.
Maryam is a rising sophomore at Wake STEM Early College High School (WSECHS). Currently, she is actively involved with Student Council and serves as a Student Ambassador. In addition, at WSECHS, she is Founder and Co-President of the Debate Club. During Maryam’s leisure time, she enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, and going to the gym. Maryam became a Youth Staff Member for Youth Empowered Solutions (YES!) in July 2018. Throughout her time at YES! and beyond, she plans on always being committed to making positive and long-lasting changes within communities. Simultaneously, while at YES!, she wants to prove to the world that youth, if given the proper resources, can make profound change. After graduating WSECHS, Maryam plans to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and becoming a Volunteer for Peace Corps.