Our Programs team wanted to make it clear to youth how we can empower and support them with these new banners in program spaces.
Do you know why we called ourselves Youth Empowerment & Support Services?
It’s because we are here to support you and empower you.
Sounds simple enough, but what does that really mean…
Empowerment means we ask you what YOUR PATH is and we WALK BESIDE YOU.
It doesn’t mean we’ll do the work FOR you.
We don’t pick your goals for you, and we won’t push you towards what we think is best for you.
YOU are expert of your life. Our staff are the experts in resources available for you.
Together we can overcome obstacles and barriers.
We are a TEAM.
Supporting means we KEEP YOU GOING.
Sometimes this means being your cheerleader.
Sometimes this means holding you accountable.
Learning from mistakes or decisions can be a messy process and sometimes has negative consequences. We don’t follow through on these because we’re mad at you, we do it to help you learn and grow.
You won’t always get it right and neither will we.
And that’s ok, that is human.
We GROW together.
Having the tools and experiences to meet your goals makes you stronger.
You set the GOAL, we’ll help you get there.
Shower? Laundry? Job? School? Healthy relationships? Housing? Leadership?
Whatever your goals are, big or small, we are here to connect you to resources and coach you through it.
We are here to advocate for you and help you navigate tricky systems.
You are an important part of YESS, the city, and your community.
You deserve RESPECT and OPPORTUNITY.
We are actively fighting against structures and stigmas that divide society instead of unite it.
Your experience is unique and we believe that diversity strengthens us.
Your contribution to society is important, your voice matters.
In short, Empowerment & Support means that we care about you.
It means that we are in your corner and we are rooting for you.
Whether you’re here for a few days, a few months, or a few years, please know that YOU are why we exist.
You are welcome here.
– The YESS team