Youth Empowerment & Support Services (YESS)
Theory of Change
True transformation comes through relationships.
To walk beside traumatized youth on their journey towards healing and appropriate community integration.
Based in Edmonton, Youth Empowerment & Support Services (YESS) provides immediate and low-barrier shelter, temporary housing, and individualized wraparound services to youth ages 15-24.
We focus on working collaboratively with our youth-supporting partners on prevention and diversion out of homelessness. And ultimately, we aim to walk beside traumatized youth as they heal through relationships.
We focus on prevention and diversion out of homelessness. Prevention means providing proactive resources for youth and their caregivers before youth become homeless. Diversion means finding appropriate housing for youth before they become entrenched or as an exit out of homelessness.
We focus on healing trauma through relationship. Trauma has a negative impact on the physical, emotional, and developmental well-being of an individual. Among many other serious effects, trauma can have a lasting impact on the ability to develop healthy relationships.
We focus on walking beside youth to minimize falling through gaps. Barriers are policies or expectations that put resources out of reach of those who need them. These restrictions often prevent people from seeking help.
We focus on collaboration (with everyone). Collaboration means we work together with other organization and in line with local, provincial, and national plans to create a holistic approach to addressing homelessness.
Nexus provides short-term shelter and security, with a focus on rapid rehousing for youth who are newly homeless.
While staying at Nexus, each youth completes an assessment process to identify their needs. Based on their assessment, we provide a referral to an appropriate longer-term housing placement, whether at YESS or elsewhere.
The Armoury Resource Centre (ARC)
ARC hosts a variety of programming and specialized services for youth in difficult situations, including basic medical care, counseling, and educational programs.
This is also the site where YESS’ support services are located. Support services staff connect youth to resources in the community and within YESS to help them achieve their goals.
Graham’s Place & Shanoa’s Place
For those youth who need it, YESS provides a safe, supportive, longer-term home. Under the care of their youth workers (Graham’s Place) and house parents (Shanoa’s Place), youth experience what many of us take for granted – stability, security, nurturing relationships, and the chance to enjoy the things they love to do.
Depending on their individual needs, youth live at either Graham’s Place on Whyte Avenue, or Shanoa’s Place in West Edmonton
Please note that the YESS name and logo are the sole property of YESS and can only be used with expressed written permission and within brand guidelines. Any usage of our logo should be approved by YESS.