Youth Empowered Solutions (YES!) provides a number of resources to help youth and adults create positive community change. Please read the descriptions below to find out more information. YES! also provides trainings to support your youth-adult partnerships and advocacy efforts. Learn more.
Healthy Corner Store Toolkit: This toolkit shares strategies to increase the availability and sales of healthy food options at corner stores by implementing easy, low-cost changes. This project has been used across the nation to bring healthy, affordable foods to neighborhoods that don’t have a grocery store nearby or adequate public transportation. Click the image to preview the content. [Request toolkit]
Smart Snack Concessions Toolkit: This toolkit serves as a guide for advocating for policies to create variety and balance with healthier snack and beverage alternatives at school. The resources provided are a step-by-step plan, including modeling healthy behaviors, establishing standards for concessions, identifying fundraising resources and measuring success. Click the image to preview the content. [Request toolkit]
Paving the Way to Access Toolkit: This toolkit focuses on addressing health care disparities in the local community. By walking through the entire toolkit, youth will be able to identify health care disparities in their community and be positioned as community health leaders and primed to advocate for youth-driven community change. Click the image to preview the content. [Request toolkit]
Talk It Up. Lock It Up!™ Toolkit: Talk It Up. Lock It Up!™ is the brand for an innovative strategy to change the physical environment surrounding youth access to alcohol in homes. This toolkit is a guideline of how to implement a successful campaign in a community for securing and monitoring alcohol in homes. Click the image to preview the content. [Request toolkit]
YES! School Lunchroom Redesign Toolkit: Based on the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement, this Lunchroom Redesign Toolkit is a guide to make the healthy choice the easy choice by implementing easy, low-cost methods that make the healthier options sold in school cafeterias more appealing and accessible. Click the image to preview the content. [Request toolkit]
YES! Healthy Vending Toolkit: Are you interested in creating healthy vending options in your school, but are not sure where to start? This Healthy Vending Toolkit will equip you with the information you need and guide you on your quest to healthier vending. Click the image to preview the content. [Request toolkit]
School-Based Health Centers and the Intersection of Youth Empowerment and Health Care
Written and researched by YES! staff Parrish Ravelli and consultant Meredith Ledford, this paper was developed to promote the role of youth empowerment in an ever-changing health care system. By connecting research around patient-engagement, patient-centered medical homes and the application of the youth empowerment theory, this paper highlights the impact on both the patient and the provider when youth are given an opportunity to have a more active role in their own health care.
Youth Empowerment: The Theory and Its Implementation
At YES! we know that empowered youth, working in partnership with adults, have great power to create lasting, positive change in their communities. Written and researched by YES! staff Jeanne Dairaghi, Bronwyn Lucas and Parrish Ravelli, and consultant Meredith Ledford, this paper was developed to address a need for evidence-based research on youth empowerment, and to show how the theory of youth empowerment can be translated into practice.