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Thanks to all who joined us at our 2014 Invest in Youth Breakfast
Youth clients, joined by our keynote speaker - musician Brandi Carlile - inspired a capacity audience at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue on March 12. As one guest commented, "What a superb event. You are doing fabulous work."

All the speakers noted that adults can make a difference by listening to young people and giving them their full attention - even when it seems they may not want it.

2014 Invest in Youth Highlights
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Patti Skelton-McGougan, YES executive director, voiced her concern over the rising instances of youth suicide. She said, "In all the years I've been doing this work I've never seen such an increase in suicide and self-harm among our youth. Eastside kids are taking their lives at an alarming rate.

Keynote speaker Brandi Carlile applauded the work of YES and talked about her experiences of growing up in Washington state and following her dream to become a musician. She also spoke about the importance of supporting youth on a daily basis.

Ivon, an elementary school student who was bullied for a year by a neighbor at home and at school, shared the tools she learned from her counselor on how to stand up for herself. She now teaches other kids how to overcome being bullied. Ivon is pictured here with Melissa, her Success mentor.

Emcee Meeghan Black facilitated a discussion with Alexis and Peter, who once were in such emotional pain that they didn't want to live anymore. They gave the capacity crowd of 1200 a glimpse into their situations and shared how the help they received at Youth Eastside Services brought them back from the brink.

Former client Alisa Clark referred to YES as her life-source and inspired the crowd to give generously.

THANK YOU to Our Sponsors

We are so grateful to our corporate sponsors for their support of our 2014 Invest in Youth Breakfast. Their contributions ensure that all donations at the event go directly to uncompensated care and underfunded programs.

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