At YES, we believe everyone has the potential to become a leader. Interestingly, those who lead effectively have had their fair share of disappointments, failed attempts, and let downs. The adversity and challenges they face can become learning tools if balanced with positive reinforcement from caring supports, along with a safe space for reflection and self-discovery.
For YES youth and so many others, camp provides that space. This past summer 35 youth, ages 14-18, from Richmond and West Contra Costa County attended camp as leaders-in-training through YES. A total of five youth were hired as full time camp counselors. Together they were thrust into the spotlight -- gaining instant hero status among hundreds of younger children who looked up to them for guidance and support.
In this issue of YES Connections, we share the stories of these young leaders with you. Discover their path to leadership and the rich perspective they are passing onto their younger peers. We also introduce you to two new YES staff who are already accomplished leaders in their own right, and who are excited to join our team.
Eric Aaholm, Executive Director
"Nothing is impossible. The word itself says I'm possible."
-Jorge, YES Camp Counselor