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YES staff honored for leadership and service
425 Business and the Alliance of Eastside Agencies recognize two staff members

In June, two YES staff members were recognized with separate awards. 

David Downing, associate director, received the Leadership Award at the Alliance of Eastside Agencies' (AEA) Annual Spring Awards Luncheon for his many years of service as the AEA board chair.  

"David is an inspiration," said AEA co-chair Rochelle Clayton Strunk. "He has an incredible understanding of the complexities and challenges that the human service organizations face, as well as the needs of our community."

Kate Leigh, coordinator of youth services, was featured in 425 Business' prestigious "Thirty Under 30" list. "She’s passionate about helping youth, and staying on top of best practices and resources is a key part of doing her job well," wrote 425 of Kate.
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Success Mentoring program holds annual celebration dinner
Mentors and mentees gather to celebrate the relationships that have grown from mentorship

Studies show that kids who have a mentor are less likely to skip school and less likely to use drugs and alcohol. But the even higher value may be the deep relationships that develop between a mentor and mentee.

On May 20, the Success Mentoring program held a dinner to celebrate those extraordinary relationships, and the kids and adults who have taken the time to forge them.

Learn more about the Success program >
Your donation goes even further on May 5
On Tuesday, The Seattle Foundation will partially match donations made through its website as part of its annual GiveBIG campaign
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If you're considering donating to Youth Eastside Services, May 5 is a great day to join our family of supporters.

Tuesday is The Seattle Foundation's annual GiveBIG campaign, meaning that the foundation will partially match any donations made through its website between 12:01 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. that day.

This year, we asked some of our supporters: Why do you give to YES? What we heard was inspiring, and it helped us learn more about how the community sees us — and our impact on it. You'll see some of those photos posted on our Facebook page the evening of May 4.

We're proud of our work. So, if you, like us, believe that every kid deserves a chance, and that the strongest communities are made up of happy, healthy families, please join us. Bookmark our donation page and mark your calendar for May 5!