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YESS Youth Without Shelter TV Special

Tune into City TV Edmonton on December 27 & 28 at 7:00am for our 2-hour holiday special, "YESS: Youth without Shelter".  
During this special TV program, YESS will have a team of staff and volunteers available to take monetary donations over the phone at 780-468-7070. To make a donation online, click here. For other ways to donate click here.

The producers at City TV have captured the heart of YESS through the captivating stories of our youth, supporters and employees, giving a behind-the-scenes look at how YESS brings hope to Edmonton's most vulnerable youth.


In this segment produced by Ziyah Karmali, two youth that currently call "Shanoa's Place" home share their story of resiliency and the struggles they have encountered since coming to Canada. 

Nexus Emergency Shelter
YESS youth worker, Terrence, takes City TV's Megan Shaw through a typical night in our emergency shelter.  

Recycle for Youth
Michele McDougall takes a ride with YESS' Recycle for Youth driver, picking up recyclable cans and bottles at various business in Edmonton.  
For more information about how your business can donate cans and bottles to YESS, click here.

Remarkable Experiences
Our kids face struggles and challenges on a daily basis, so one of the things that we try to do at YESS is give them 'Remarkable Experiences'.  Sometimes this may be just taking a youth to the grocery store to get healthy snacks, while other times its group outing to the zoo or stockings on Christmas morning.   City TV's Bridget Ryan joing YESS youth and staff for a fun time at Launchpad Trampoline park.

Did you know that YESS receives only 20% of what it takes to run our programs from stable government funding? Our Revenue Development & Communications team works relentlessly to raise the rest throug fundraising efforts, grants, and sponsorship programs. In this segment, produced by Courtney Theriault, our Executive Director and Donor Relations Team discuss why YESS needs funding and how the funds are distributed. 
For more information about how you can help fund YESS' programs click here.

A Day in the Life
City TV's, Matthew Wocks, discovers what life is typically like as a homeless teen as one of our youth takes us through what used to be her regular routine before coming to YESS.

Facility Tour
Did you know that YESS' Whyte Ave facility was originally built as a fire hall? Bridget Ryan takes a tour through the historical building that houses YESS' main offices, emergency shelter, and Graham's Place long-term residential support program.

Life After YESS
The impact that YESS makes in people's lives can truly be seen in the success stories of some of our former clients. Ryan Jespersen and Megan Shaw interview former YESS clients about what their life was like before YESS and how YESS helped them rebuild and become the confident, successful person they are today. 

Artist in Residence Program
Through the generous funding of Simons and other donors, YESS was able to add an artist to the team to help our kids find a creative outlet through art therapy. In this segment, Claire, Uhlick, YESS' Artist in Residence talks about the impact that art has made in youth's lives. 

Cooking with Cherish
Meet YESS' amazing head chef, Cherish Hepas, as she shows Bridget Ryan how she and her team creatively utilize only donations to provide meals for our kids and events.
For information about donating food to our kitchen click here

Easing Trauma
David Green from City TV  meets with YESS' Relationship Worker, Joelene Connolly to talk about some of the behavioural problems that the kids face as a result of the trauma and abuse that many of them have faced, and some of the ways that YESS helps to create safe, supportive spaces and ease trauma. 

Tanara McLean interviews a YESS team member that has been with the agency for many years and contributed in many unique and creative ways. 

YESS would like to sincerely thank the amazing team at Breakfast Television for generously giving of their time and resouces to create this special program for YESS.