Why I am a YESS Champion

I’ve been a YESS donor and supporter since shortly after it was founded in 1978. Although I never faced the challenges and crisis the youth who turn to YESS face. I had a really difficult time as a teenager and young adult. I was fortunate that there were people who reached out to me to help. It is something I’ve never forgotten and I’ll never stop being grateful.

I personally know a couple of very successful people, who today are making significant contributions to Edmonton, whose life could have gone a different, very bad direction, except for YESS being there when they were in crisis. Having a place to go when you are alone, frightened, broke and feeling unwanted and unloved can be a life saving intervention. Seriously. YESS is that place and so much more.

I have known Deb Cautley, Executive Director, at Youth Empowerment and Support Services (YESS); formerly Youth Emergency Shelter Society (YESS), for over 40 years. She struggled in her twenties too. She understands the challenges that face these youth. She understand their feelings. She and her team deal with these teens and young adults with compassion but also with a firm believe that they can rise above the crisis of this moment and have happy and productive lives. Today, they provide a host of support services that go far beyond the moment of crisis.

I am a YESS Champion with enthusiasm. A YESS Champion is an advocate for YESS in the community. They raise awareness, encourage engagement and share information. If you can donate, please do. If not, please volunteer, if you are unable, please share the message of YESS.

If you are willing please become a YESS Champion today, register at: champion.yess.org When you register please connect to me, my YESS Champion code is BE18.

Here are some of the services provided by Youth Empowerment and Support Services:

Nexus: 

Nexus is a rapid referral centre. It provides necessities and beds for youth, with a focus on rapid rehousing and needs assessment for youth who are newly homeless (the first 7-10 days). The aim is to help kids who are new to the streets get back into a stable home as quickly as possible.

Rationale: 

Youth become entrenched in street life after only 7-10 days. While a first come, first served model helps to ensure youth on the street always have a place to turn, it is not as effective in helping youth avoid prolonged time on the street. By shifting the model to a rapid referral centre, YESS will be able to help kids back into a supportive home before they accept and become entrenched in a life on the street. 

Graham’s Place: 

This program focuses on preparing youth for adulthood through a supportive and homelike atmosphere for the youth; more nurturing than regimented. Relationships and natural teaching moments are the key to success in developing capacity in our youth.

Rationale: 

While teaching skills is an important aspect of youths’ experience at Graham’s Place, the program also works to provide a sense of belonging that our kids have rarely experienced. The structure of Graham’s Place offers a similar experience to life at home, while services are wrapped around youth. 

Shanoa’s Place: 

Shanoa’s Place helps to prepare youth for adulthood, with heavy emphasis on addictions, mental health issues, and mitigating the effects of trauma. Instead of a structured housing model, Shanoa’s place will staffed by houseparents, working to create a supportive and homelike atmosphere for the youth with services provided by YESS and other providers.

Rationale: While teaching skills will still be an important aspect of the youth’s experience at Shanoa’s Place, the name and programs are changing in order to provide those who use the program with more of a sense of belonging. The structure of Shanoa’s Place will now intend to offer a similar experience to life at home. 

ARC: 

ARC is a resource centre for youth offering scheduled appointments with youth-serving professionals and structured activities. Youth can spend up to two hours resting and accessing the necessities of life, or spend the full day in productive activities.

Rationale: YESS’s services require a hub for the resources they offer and a place of refuge for youth facing difficult realities. 

In addition to our residential programs and the Armoury Resource Centre, YESS has undertaken research and training to enable our staff to meet the needs of clients across all YESS programs in some new and effective ways:

Mosaic

Mosaic is a wraparound service model, consisting of staff working closely with the youth in a one-on-one setting, helping them set, achieve, and celebrate their short term goals. The Mosaic team will work with youth to determine the services they need, identify their natural supports, and coordinate the roles of various individuals and agencies in progressing toward their goals.

Rationale: YESS’s restructuring of programs allows additional staffing resources to be placed at the front lines. The Mosaic Team will work with each of YESS’s kids to identify the resources they need. 

Compass

Compass is designed to help youth who have suffered trauma to build emotional skills such as the ability to self-regulate emotional responses to anxiety or stress, and the ability to cope with attachment and relationships with peers. The intent is to assist the youth in building trust based relationships.

Rationale: As the needs of Edmonton youth have shifted, YESS has identified a need for programming that helps build emotional skills. Often, for youth who have grown up in difficult realities, many of the emotional coping methods that many of us use in our daily interactions with other people have not been developed. Compass, therefore, focuses on Trust Based Relational Intervention, to help youth learn these important emotional skills. 


Please Join Me: Attend This Concert

 

 

See and hear all of these amazing Edmonton Singer Songwriters in one concert.

Anna Beaumont | Brian McLeod | Brooke Trelenberg | Carling Hack |

Christin McCauley | Erin Mulcair | Jay Willis | Jordan Kaminski |

Martin Kerr | Rob Hewes | Roland Majeau | Susan jane Hodge

Under the direction of veteran music producer, Rob Hewes and featuring the Celebrate Band.

 

At the Spring “Off Broadway” Concert the response was overwhelmingly positive.

 

“It blew me away! A real nice variety. I loved the whole mix.”

Annemarie Petrov, Executive Director, ESO

 

“One of the best concerts I’ve seen in years!”

Tami Dowler-Coltman, Principal, Victoria School of the Arts

 

“Each artist impressed us with the quality of their music and writing. It’s uplifting.”

Neil Wilkinson, Ethics Commissioner, Alberta

 

See the concert trailer.

For more information visit the concert website.

 

This concert is 100% sponsored so that all the ticket revenue can empower youth.

100% of Ticket Revenue Donated to charities that support youth.

Youth Empowering Self Talk Initiative in Edmonton High Schools – students helping students improve their self talk supported by funding from this concert!

Youth Empowerment and Support Services – YESS, formerly Youth Emergency Shelter – awakens and empowers at risk youth by first providing safety and then fostering the healing from homelessness, abuse and addiction and by supporting job preparation and education in partnership with other agencies.

Junior Achievement – awakens and empowers youth through in-class discussion, materials and exercises about financial literacy and the economics of staying in school and through the life-changing experience of starting and running a real business in the JA Company Program.

Free the Children – Free The Children domestic programs educate, engage and empower hundreds of thousands of youth in North America and the UK to realize their full potential as agents of change. Their international projects, led by their holistic and sustainable Adopt a Village model, has brought over 650 schools and school rooms to youth and provided clean water, health care and sanitation to one million people around the world, freeing children and their families from the cycle of poverty.

Literacy and Learning Day – Literacy and Learning Day helps parents support the education of their children by providing the insights of world renown keynote speakers (examples: Barbara Coloroso, David Bouchard) the advice of experts on a host of parenting and education challenges through workshops and other resources all for free. This enables the parents to help awaken and empower their children.

Please join me and attend. Bring some friends.

 

Celebrate! Songs of the Human Condition

Sunday, September 16, 2012 7 PM

Jubilee Auditorium

11455-87 Ave.

Tickets $20 plus service fees

Tickets available At

Ticketmaster

By phone: 1-855-985-5000

Thank you, I hope to see you there.

 

 

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