At YESS, we are making a difference through change. A quote from Socrates came to mind as we reflected on the past year at YESS: “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”

The only constant in this world is change. Our youth face great changes in their journeys every day, our community experiences unexpected upheavals and even disaster, we navigate the ever-changing, complex needs of our youth and our organization.

2016 Highlights

  • 2016 ROOPH Award Recipient
  • Gender neutral bathrooms and dorms implemented
  • Healthy snacks in all programs
  • LGBTQ2 Safe Space
  • 2016 Gala highest-grossing YESS fundraising events


2016 Annual Report Cover

Download our 2016 Annual Report


2016 Outcomes & Results

Youth empowered
Meals served
Volunteer hours
Percent shelter occupancy

Learn more about our accomplishments and outcomes in our Fact Sheet.

YESS Fact Sheet 2016

Some of the success stories