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Y.E.S. - Youth Empowerment Sports

Mailing Address:

Huntersville, NC 28078

Phone: 704-274-9238

Contact Person: D. Franklin Freeman, PhD


Web Site: http://www.yessports.org

Population Served:
Serious Emotional and Behavioral Disturbances,Mental Illness/Mental Health,Other

Population Other:
Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Challenged Children Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Challenged Children Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Challenged Children Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Challenged Children Mental, Emotional and Behavioral Challe

The vision for Y.E.S.s’ youth development program is to provide a continuum of mentoring services available to mentees in a safe, effective manner; creating a community where young people are truly seen and not just watched, where society understands and accepts its responsibility in meeting the needs of all young people, and where young people bring their gifts back into their communities as productive members of society. The mission of the Y.E.S. is to awaken at-risk youth to their power, unique gifts and purpose by matching them with caring adult mentors and placing that “match” within a structured group dynamic that provides the resources youth need to reach productive, conscious adulthood. We further seek to awaken society to the needs, promise and value of this overlooked population.

Y.E.S. is a faith, family and community based organization, committed to the enhancement, growth, and development of youth ages 7 to 24 years. Y.E.S.s’ youth development program prepares young people to meet the challenges of adolescence and adulthood through a structured, progressive series of activities and experiences which help them obtain social, emotional, ethical, physical, and cognitive competencies. Y.E.S. addresses the broader developmental assets all children and youth need (such as caring relationships, safe places and activities, health and mental health, marketable skills, and opportunities for service and civic participation), in contrast to deficit-based approaches which focus solely on youth problems. Rather than only seeking to stop young people from engaging in risky behaviors, positive youth development, in addition, aims to mobilize communities to create positive goals and outcomes for all youth. We recognize that being problem-free is not the same as being fully prepared. Y.E.S. has learned that an effective program is youth centered: staff and activities engage young people's diverse talents, skills, and interest, building on their strengths and involving them in planning and decision-making. Y.E.S. is also knowledge centered: building a range of life skills, activities show youth that "learning" is a reason to be involved, whether in sports, clubs, arts, or community service, and provide opportunities to connect with a wide array of adult and peer mentors. Y.E.S.s’ youth development programs are also care-centered: we provide family-like environments where youth can feel safe and build trusting relationships. Y.E.S.s’ youth development program helps youth deal successfully with the challenges of adolescence and prepare them for the independence and responsibilities of being parents, workers, and citizens, by attempting to help youth develop "competencies." These programs also: • conduct activities with a primarily nonacademic focus; • employ primarily active and experimental learning methods; and • promote the competencies through group and one-to-one activities, which may include activities in youth clubs, sports and recreation, peer counseling and teaching, mentoring, arts, values education, leadership development, crime and delinquency prevention, youth employment as part of an educational program, community service or volunteerism, literacy, after school programs, career counseling, job skills training, drug abuse prevention, alcohol education, parenting skills activities, ethnic or cultural enrichment, tutoring, and academic enrichment.

Organization role:
• Provide family to family or youth to youth support on an individual family or youth level (e.g., peer-to-peer, family support partners, parent navigators)
• Sponsor/run support groups for families or youth
• Provide contracted direct services (e.g., respite, care management)
• Provide training and mentoring of family members or youth (e.g., to assume leadership roles, act as provider)

Organization type:
• A local family-run organization without national or statewide affiliation
• A local youth-guided organization without national or statewide affiliation
• A family-run or youth-guided organization with a current or past affiliation with a System of Care Community of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Program (i.e., CMHS System of Care grant site)

Region(s) served:
• Local

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