Education & Prevention
Preventing issues before they start
Building strong communities through strong families
Each year, YES reaches about 40,000 members of the East King County community through its education and prevention services. Through these programs, YES supports Latino students and helps them access leadership opportunities, ensures that vulnerable children meet developmental milestones, finds caring mentors for at-risk youth, and so much more.
Community Center Programs
YES provides free counseling for teens at the Bellevue Boys & Girls Clubs Teen Center/TXL, Spiritwood Manor, Eastside Terrace, Kirkland Teen Union Building (KTUB), Crossroads Community Center, and the Old Fire House Teen Center in Redmond. Staff work with youth to address issues such as depression, substance abuse, homelessness, anxiety, family conflicts and more, as well as connect teens to community resources and longer-term clinical care.
Latino H.E.A.T. and Latinos Unidos
Latino H.E.A.T. (Hispanos En Accíon Together) and Latinos Unidos are student leadership, community service and cultural empowerment programs for Latino students in the Bellevue and Lake Washington school districts. The groups meet weekly and encourage friendship, academic achievement, volunteerism, leadership, cultural celebration and community involvement.
Mamas Unidas is a support group for Latina mothers that also empowers them to be leaders in their community. It offers support, fun activities, education, cultural celebration and community involvement. The program is presented in partnership with the Bellevue YMCA, where the group meets weekly.
The Success Mentoring program matches volunteer caring adults and youth in who may benefit from additional academic, social, and emotional support and encouragement. It helps struggling youth ages 6 to 17 stay on track to graduate. The program supports youth in the Bellevue and Lake Washington school districts — many of whom are from low-income families — who are dealing with emotional or behavioral issues. Adult mentors spend a minimum of 200 hours with their student over the course of a year.
Youth and Family Homelessness Prevention
YES’ Youth & Family Homelessness Prevention Initiative provides the case management and support needed to ensure that families at imminent risk of homelessness have access to the resources needed to avoid entering the homeless system; and to remain stably housed over time. This is in partnership with King County’s Best Starts for Kids (BSK) created through efforts by Executive Dow Constantine.