Youth Eastside Services
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About Youth Eastside Services

Our Mission: Youth Eastside Services is a lifeline for kids and families coping with challenges such as emotional distress, substance abuse and violence. Through intervention, outreach and prevention, YES builds confidence and responsibility, strengthens family relationships, and advocates for a safer community that cares for its youth.

What we do: Since 1968, YES has helped young people and their families deal with emotional issues, drug and alcohol abuse, sexual abuse, dating violence, gang activity and bullying. Each year, we help tens of thousands of kids and family members discover the inner strength to overcome emotional problems and painful crises as they learn to make the right decisions that lead them toward happy, healthy lives.

How we do it: Through the efforts of approximately 70 employees, nearly 20,000 annual hours of volunteer service and just over a $4 million yearly budget, we provide:
  • Individual and family counseling
  • Substance abuse education, prevention and treatment
  • Community- and school-based violence prevention
  • Family support & consultation
  • Training of future therapists and those who work with youth. 

Contributions from individuals, businesses, foundations and public agencies help fund our work.  At YES, a family's inability to pay for services never stands in the way of their finding the help they need.  Click here to make a donation.

What makes us unique: YES is one of the largest providers of youth and family counseling and substance abuse services in the Puget Sound Region.  Our staff are trained and experienced in working with youth and offer a depth of expertise that is hard to surpass.  They use proven evidenced-based and best-practice approaches to help youth become healthy, confident and self-reliant and families to become strong, supportive and loving.  We offer comprehensive mental health and substance abuse counseling, prevention and education programs, as well as wrap-around services to help families with basic needs when necessary.  Our services are available in multiple locations around the Eastside and we enjoy partnerships with many agencies. 

Who leads the way: A 25-plus member Board of Directors sets the direction and policies for YES. Patti Skelton-McGougan is the agency's Executive Director.

How we got here: YES was founded in 1968 as a grassroots movement by local volunteers concerned about the emergence of drug abuse among teenagers. In those early years, troubled youth found a drop-in center they could "rap" with sympathetic adult volunteers.  Today, our approach has broadened to deal with the escalation of violence, substance abuse, teen alienation and family stress, along with a focus on the issues affecting young children, the dynamics of counseling whole families, and the unique challenges faced by culturally diverse communities living on the Eastside.

Where to find us: YES’ main office is located in Bellevue’s Crossroads Park along with satellite offices in Kirkland and Redmond.  In addition, YES offers counseling, drug & alcohol and other services in elementary, middle and high schools in the Lake Washington and Bellevue School Districts.  YES also provides counseling and outreach programs in Bellevue, Kirkland, and Redmond teen centers and some community centers. Click here for directions to YES offices.

How you can help: You can help YES continue their mission by making a donation, participating in our annual Invest in Youth Breakfast or volunteering.  YES is a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 organization.

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