YES! provides training and support so that our partners gain a heightened awareness about their issue of interest, and learn how to identify and take advantage of opportunities to engage in local, state and national advocacy work. Youth become competent community advocates by receiving training in such areas as public speaking, media literacy, community assessment, gathering community support, working with policymakers, and evaluation.
Additionally, YES! provides support to adults and organizations by offering training and consulting so that they may be better allies to empowered youth. We provide networking opportunities, encourage partnerships and assess organizations’ youth empowerment capacity and application of the YES! Youth Empowerment Model.
YES! has trained more than 18,000 youth and adults since 2008.
Our advocacy work is centered on strategies that empower youth to address critical issues facing their communities: teen tobacco use, childhood obesity, substance abuse and access to healthcare. In addition to our advocacy work, youth staff of each YES! initiative also train other youth to help them become better advocates.