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YES CEO David W. Downing Responds to Recent Tragedies

Lidia Harding
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On behalf of YES, I wanted to reach out with an acknowledgment of the tragic loss of George Floyd in Minnesota, and the national and local protests in response and other tragedies. We want our community to know YES stands in solidarity in support of social justice and ending systemic racism.

Allyship and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion are cornerstone values of the work we do at YES. In our work towards justice, we will continue to be a voice of advocacy in our community, and promote and support equitable change. Within YES, we are committed to a continuous deep dive in this important work, striving to be the best organization to optimally impact and serve our diverse community of children, youth, and families. Our YES Board of Trustees is continuing to deepen this important focus with us, and striving to assure it reflects the diversity of our community.

We do know that this weighs heavily on our community, and the words that can be written in response to this feel small and not enough in relation to events right now. Please know, YES will be active and direct about these issues, and we are committed to taking action on dismantling racism, and inequities.

Stronger together,
David W. Downing

If you’re a teen, caring friend, parent, or a concerned adult, and these challenging times are particularly difficult for you or a young person you know, you can reach out to YES for help and learn about the different services we offer.


Currently, we are providing multiple virtual TeleHealth & ZOOM services and programs.

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