Community Based Programs
Increasing access to mental health and substance use services throughout the community.
Healthy families, thriving communities
Each year, YES reaches over 60,000 community members in East King County, through its outreach programs. Through these programs, YES supports diverse communities and provides them with resources for individual and group mental health support, education and prevention.
Latino H.E.A.T. and Latinos Unidos
Latino H.E.A.T. (Hispanos En Acción Together) and Latinos Unidos are leadership, service, and cultural groups. Our team-building and personal growth activities, community organizing, planning cultural events, and monthly community service opportunities, will ignite a young person’s passion!
We strive to collectively address issues impacting not only the Latino community but personal goals as well. We aim to build unity across cultures and differences, address racism, and activate solutions to violence. We have found that teaching, learning, and celebrating culture unites and mobilizes us all.
Latinx Family Programs
Mamas Unidas is facilitated by YES bilingual staff who lead a group where Spanish speaking moms receive support and engage in activities to strengthen the community and empower themselves and their families to be leaders and mentors in the community.
Mamas Unidas meet Thursdays, 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Reach out to Tina at 425-747-4937 to join.
BGLAD is an open, weekly drop-in support group for youth ages 13 to 19, focused on being a welcoming and affirming space for people exploring or seeking support for their identities.
If you’re looking to meet new people who also identify as LGBTQ+, want to learn more about local resources, or just generally want something structured to do with other teens, come check us out!
Light snacks are provided.
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.
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.
Community/Teen Center Services
YES offers free behavioral health services for teens at local community/teen centers to increase accessibility to services. YES provides drop-in 1-to-1 counseling, support groups and education and prevention programs. Counselors work with youth to address issues such as depression and anxiety, substance use, homelessness, family conflicts and more. They also connect teens to community resources and longer-term care.