Hello from YES's
|Bryan Van Dorpe|
The past few months have been busy here at YES! We served over 900 youth this winter in our Operation SnowSports program, raised over $175,000 at the 2nd Annual YES Gala last month, and are currently registering hundreds of Boston kids for our summer Outdoor Adventure programs.
Preparations are in full swing for our Outdoor Adventure programs. Detailed information is available on the YES website. We look forward to welcoming back our incredible summertime volunteers and partnering with our loyal program partners, including Charles River Canoe & Kayak, The Fishing Academy, MetroRock, and Rock Spot.
YES's Summer Track & Field program will kick off its season on May 21st. I welcome you and your family to join us each Monday and Thursday evening, too.
Thanks for continuing to help our youth "Believe and Achieve" with YES. We couldn't do it without you!
Bryan Van Dorpe
2nd Annual YES Gala Raises over $175,000 for Boston Youth
YES held its 2nd Annual Gala on Thursday, April 12, 2012 at the Boston Center for the Arts' Cyclorama. The event was attended by over 400 guests (thank you for joining us!) and raised over $175,000 for YES. Thank you to our top corporate sponsors: Adage Capital Management, Alta Communications, Bomber Ski, and Citizens Bank.
Thank you also to our Restaurant Partners who participated in the evening's Taste of Boston's Best BBQ: Abigail's, Bearded Pig, East Coast Grill, Pit Stop BBQ, Red Bones, Soul Fire, and Tico. Your food was out of this world!
And our heartfelt appreciation to our hardworking and talented Gala volunteers who helped plan and execute the evening. You are the best!
L to R: Peter Haffenreffer, YES Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and current Board of Directors member; Bryan Van Dorpe, YES Executive Director; and
Richard Ward, YES Board of Directors President.
|YES volunteer, Vanesa Morales (center) with guests. |
L to R: Emma E, YES Junior Volunteer; Laura Neubauer; Emily J, YES Junior Volunteer; Brian P, YES Junior Volunteer; and Maggie Wong, YES Academy intern.
Check out the full 2nd Annual Gala Photo Album here. Sign in as a guest to browse, share, and print photos.
|YES Celebrates 10th Annual Mass Snow Challenge
YES Junior Volunteer, Sofia R, tearing up the slopes at the Mass Snow Challenge.
Over 100 kids and families joined YES on March 17th to celebrate the 10th Annual Mass Snow Challenge at Wachusett Mountain. It was a fun-filled day of skiing and snowboarding, races, games (the Frozen T-Shirt Contest is annual fave!), raffles, and prizes. Check out more photos from the event on the YES Facebook page!
YES Kid and Award Winner, Adrian, smiles with YES volunteers and staff who are big fans of his talent!
Rami B. and Selene H. Receive YES Junior Volunteer of the Year Awards
| Junior Volunteer of the Year award recipients, |
Selene H. (L) and Rami B. Both are high school seniors.
YES is thrilled to congratulate the 2012 Junior Volunteers of the Year, 17-year-old Selene and 18-year-old, Rami.
Rami participated in YES's Pico Explorer program and won the Highest Youth Fundraiser award at YES's 10th Annual Mass Snow Challenge.
Selene also participated in the Pico Explorer program and demonstrated outstanding talent as a ski binding expert in YES's Rental Shop.
YES would also like to congratulate them both on their recent acceptance to college! Rami will attend UMass Amherst to study engineering. Selene will attend McGill University and also plans to study engineering.
YES 2012 Volunteers of the Year
Congratulations to the 2012 Adult Volunteers of the Year: Maria Farias, Jason Miller, James Wildash, and Dave Zablatsky. These four YES volunteers gave their time and talent in our Operation SnowSports and Pico Explorers programs, as well as at special events such as the 2nd Annual Gala and Mass Snow Challenge.
YES is built on the foundation of dedicated volunteers like Maria, Jason, James, and Dave. We are so grateful for the time they have dedicated to improving the lives of Boston's youth. Thank you, YES volunteers!
YES Volunteers at Sugarbush Mountain. (March 23, 2012)
It's Not Too Late to Support Our Team YES Marathon Runners!
All four of YES's Marathon Team Members completed the 116th Boston Marathon on April 12, 2012 - despite the record-breaking heat!
Thank you to these dedicated individuals who spent over six months training and fundraising for YES:
- Katherine Bailey, Former YES Program Coordinator and Current Volunteer
- Keith Patrick, YES Volunteer
- Allie Tripp, YES Marketing Coordinator
- Richard Ward, President - YES Board of Directors
There is still time left to help Team YES meet their $20,000 fundraising goal. Deadline to make your donation is JUNE 30th.
|Team YES Runners (L to R): Keith Patrick, Richard Ward, Katherine Bailey, and Allie Tripp.|
Are You a YES Kid Alumni?
Great news! YES recently established the YES Alumni Circle! Mark Williams, son of YES co-founders Richard and Mary Williams, is chairing this special group.
Below is a Welcome Letter from Mark:
Although we may have lost touch a bit over the years, I am sure that the place that brought us together - Youth Enrichment Services (YES) - continues to shape our lives today. We were fortunate to have incredible and caring people from YES who took the time to work with us and help develop our character and confidence that resulted in many successes over the years.
I am thrilled to let you know that YES is thriving, growing, and continues to reach over 1,500 Boston youth each year by challenging them with new outdoor experiences. My late father, Richard Williams, inspired me - and thousands of others - to give back to the place that supported us during our growing years. Now, even though I live in Utah, I continue to support my father's legacy at YES.
To sustain and strengthen the history and support future generations of YES Kids, I am in the process of creating the YES Alumni Circle. The group will be made up of former YES Kids who would like to support, stay in contact, and even attend some of YES's activities. By bringing our history and knowledge of YES to today's youth, we can support and strengthen YES's impact and reach.
I hope you will join me in this venture.
YES Alumni Circle, Chair
If you would like to join the YES Alumni Circle, email your current contact information (and years that you were involved at YES!) to Jamie Martin Burch, Director of Development. We look forward to hearing from you!
| Can Your Company Give|
a YES Teen Their First Job?
YES Career Exploration student, Dawit K (R), recently met Boston College Lynch School of Education graduate student, Joseph Badokufa (L). Representatives from 15 companies and organizations recently presented to YES teens at our annual Professional Career Day.
YES is very proud of the 11 high school students currently enrolled in our Career Exploration program! These young adults recently completed 12 weeks of job readiness classes and a one-week internship at YES. And now they are ready for their first summer job!
Can your company sponsor
a YES teen this summer?
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Are students are equipped with the skills they need to succeed at my workplace?
Teens in YES's Career Exploration program complete 12 weeks of professional training prior to their workplace internship. Training topics include professionalism, basic office tasks (filing, faxing, making photo copies), computer applications (Word, Excel and internet research), interviewing, resume writing skills, and customer service.
How much does this cost my company?
$1,200 will sponsor one high school student at your company for a 6-week summer internship. The student will receive an hourly wage (approx. $8 / hour)
Does YES provide support to workplace partners?
Yes, workplace supervisors and students are paired with YES staff person who help mentor and monitor students' experience and work relationships
When are teens available to work?
Teens are available to work July 9 to August 17. They are required to work a minimum of 24 hours per week.
This is an exciting opportunity for you and your company to be a part of shaping today's youth into the leaders of tomorrow. These 11 exceptional YES teens are eager to use their Career Exploration training in a "real world" workplace. Please consider supporting them this summer!
For more information on how to sponsor a youth this summer, contact the Career Exploration Director at 617-267-5877 x16 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Upcoming YES Events
Don't miss out! The Women Leaders Panel is this Friday!
WOMEN LEADERS PANEL
Be an Inspiration to YES Girls!
Friday, May 18, 2012: 5-6:30pm
It's not too late! YES is still looking for speakers for this annual event. Be a role model for young girls in our YES programs! Contact the YES Academy Director if you are interested in being a speaker.
FIRST SUMMER TRACK & FIELD PRACTICE
Monday, May 21st 6-8 PM
Location: Moakley Field, South Boston
Youth (4-13 years) and families are welcome!
Visit the YES Website for more information
OUTDOOR ADVENTURE REGISTRATION
Kids & Teens (7-18 years)
Now Accepting Applications!
GOAL SUMMER PROGRAM REGISTRATION
Elementary & Middle School Girls (10-14 years)
Now Accepting Applications!
Deadline is Wed, June 20.
|YES Volunteer Opportunities
OUTDOOR ADVENTURE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Are you interested in being a role model for Boston's youth while rock climbing, mountain biking or kayaking this summer? Volunteer applications are currently being accepted for Outdoor Adventure programs.
TRACK & FIELD VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Are you interested in teaching the fundamentals of track and field while promoting FUN physical fitness? YES's Summer Track & Field Program meets every Monday and Thursday (6-8 pm) at Moakley Park in South Boston. Contact YES's Executive Director for more information and to sign up!
YES's Winter Youth Development Program
849 Boston kids and teens participated in YES's Operation SnowSports youth development programs this winter. Participating youth came from a variety of racial and ethnic backgrounds and 78% came from homes within Boston city limits. 188 youth were able to take home their equipment as a part of our seasonal rental program and over half of overall participants came to the mountains with YES more than once. YES also partnered with Boston Ski Party to serve 80 youth weekly as a part of the YES Ski and Snowboard team. In total, YES served over 900 youth this winter!
Like most great things, stats and numbers can't tell the whole story! Check out pictures of YES kids on the slopes here.
"Thanks to YES my kids and I had 5 awesome ski trips I would have never been able to afford. We learned how to ski, we had fun and we met some awesome people."
- Jennifer J, YES Parent, Dorchester
YES Academy Programs
Leadership and Youth Development Programs
for Middle and High School Students
65 teens participated in the Junior Volunteer (JRV) program during the 2011-2012 school year season. The JRVs met weekly to develop leadership skills, give back through community service, and teach other YES youth how to ski and snowboard.
YES relies on this group of talented teens throughout the Operation SnowSports Season and looks forward to seeing many of them back for our summer programs!
|L to R: Adam G, YES Volunteer; Burton Miller, YES Volunteer Director; Rachada Hiranyaket, YES Academy Director; Izzy R, Brian B, Gabby Z, and Jordan L - YES Junior Volunteers (2011-2012) at YES's Swann Lodge in Monterey, MA. |
Girls Outdoor Adventure Leaders (GOAL)
12 middle school girls enrolled in the GOAL program this year. They are currently completing the 2011-2012 school year session. A major highlight from this winter was the Sisters on the Slopes event in February. This exciting annual event brings together several girl-serving organizations across Boston. We had an extra special guest at this year's Sisters on the Slopes event: US Ski Team member, Julia Ford!
This spring, the GOAL girls also participated in workshops about bullying, self-defense, and nutrition.
|GOAL girls enjoy the Sisters on the Slopes event at Pat's Peak Ski Area on February 26, 2012.|
Career Exploration Program
YES is proud to announce that 11 high school students completed the Career Exploration program this spring. Over the course of twelve weeks, teens attended career workshops; developed a professional portfolio (including a resume and cover letter); and completed a one-week internship at YES. This summer, the teens will spend six weeks working in professional office settings across Boston putting their newly-acquired professional skills to use!
|YES Career Exploration student, Jhyjia S. (L), recently met Zevin Asset Management's Director of Social Responsible Investing, Sonia Kowal (R). |
and Corporate Donors
(gifts of $500 and over)
January 1, 2012 - April 30, 2012
Adage Capital Management
Boston Financial Management
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mass Bay
Boston Medical Center
Chase Family Foundation
Citizens Bank Foundation
Concord-Carlisle Alpine Ski Team
Delphi Midstream Partners
FBR Capital Markets
Gavin Family Fund
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Hazard Family Foundation
Howland Capital Management
JP Morgan Private Bank
Killington Mountain School
Lazard Capital Markets
Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation
Massachusetts Port Authority
Mountain Dog Alpine Outfitters
Mt. Washington Bank
New Balance Foundation
New England Disabled Sports
RBC Capital Markets
Red Sox Foundation
Stop & Shop
Sullivan & Cogliano
Turtle Ridge Foundation
U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association
Waterville Valley Black & Blue Trail Smashers
Weston Ski Track
YES In-Kind Partners
(value of $500 and over)
January 1, 2012 - April 30, 2012
The Bearded Pig
Blue Hills Ski Area
Boston Beer Company
Catamount Ski Area
East Coast Grill
Killington Mountain Resort
King Pine Ski Area
Pat's Peak Ski Area
Pit Stop BBQ
Sugarloaf Mountain Resort