Education & Prevention
Preventing issues before they start
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
These programs support Latino high school students who are at risk of dropping out of school by re-engaging them with their school, community, and culture while developing leadership skills and the motivation to achieve academically.
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.
An open, weekly drop-in support group for youth focused on LGBTQ+ and gender issues that provide support, crisis counseling, and community.
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 provides free social services for teens in the East King County community and teen centers. Services include outreach to youth in crisis, drip-in counseling services and support groups.