Attention Nonprofit Organizations Serving East Palo Alto Youth and Young Adults (ages 14-24): You Should Be a Member of YESS!

 YESS is a collaborative of organizations that focuses on improving quality of life for East Palo Alto (EPA) youth and their families. It has a bi-partite structure comprised of a Policy Groupthat governs, sets direction and oversees progress of the collaborative and a Direct Services Group that implements service prevention initiatives.

YESS was initially formed as a result of an agreement established between the East Palo Alto Crime Reduction Task Force and the former East Palo Alto Youth and Young Adults Serving Agencies Consortium (both of which have been convened by One East Palo Alto (OEPA) since 2005 and 2004, respectively) to come together and work strategically on improving service provision. Such improvement would focus on ways to ensure that EPA youth and young adults ages 14-24 develop all of the assets needed to realize their full potential.
YESS' overall aim is to create a formal mechanism by which different organizations that work in EPA's youth service arena can become more proactive and systems change-oriented with a view to accomplishing the following: (1) become a network of collaborating entities; (2) work to create specific goals for initiatives to be undertaken; (3) develop memoranda of understanding governing commitments, including collaborative fundraising; (4) bring concerns about youth and identified gaps in services to the fore and (5) address service gaps in a collaborative way so as to frame the service provision work being done.

How to Become a YESS Member

Click the Instructions link below, then click the membership packet link to download all required documents. Complete required documents, and submit them with your membership fee to Dr. Faye McNair-Knox at One East Palo Alto as follows:

Dr. Faye McNair-Knox, Executive Director

One East Palo Alto Neighborhood Improvement Initiative

1798 B Bay Road, East Palo Alto, CA 94303


Apply today to ensure that your organization, too will become a part of this exciting collaborative.


Youth Empowerment Strategies for Success (YESS) New Member Instructions

Youth Empowerment Strategies for Success (YESS) New Membership Application Packet 



One East Palo Alto (OEPA) Wants Your General Membership in 2015!

OEPA members celebrate another successful year of the organization's work at the "Annual Membership Meeting with 2013 Board Elections and Families in Motion Holiday Party," December 14, 2013.
 Click here for the Annual Membership Meeting program in English-Spanish or Tongan-Samoan.
Click here for the 2014 Membership Application in English and Spanish 


What’s New with Youth Empowerment Strategies for Success (YESS)?

East Palo Alto Crime Reduction Task Force (EPACRTF) Hosts Impressive Meeting for YESS Policy Group Leaders on January 14, 2014 

EPACRTF and YESS Policy Group members deliberate on status of crime in East Palo Alto and priorities for YESS initiatives in 2014 (1/14/2014) 

Click here to see the meeting agenda. 

Summer 2013 Sponsored Employment Program (SEP) Serves Nearly 90 Youth and Young Adults

With 893 served since 2005 launch, SEP nears landmark 10th anniversary goal of providing 1000 jobs total by Summer 2014!

East Palo Alto youth and young adults point ahead to bright future at August 8, 2013 Sponsored Employment Program Graduation Ceremony 

The event program from the Summer 2013 SEP Graduation is available here in English, Spanish, Tongan, and Samoan.

WE MADE IT! / WE WON! / "ANCHOR LEG" MATCHING FUNDS CAMPAIGN GOAL ACHIEVED! Summer 2013 Sponsored Employment Program (SEP) Has Earned a $50K Matching Grant from the Sobrato Family Foundation. Thanks a Million to All of Our Supporters!

Click here to read the SEP "Anchor Leg" Matching Funds Campaign solicitation handout in English and Spanish.
For more information, click here to read the SEP 2013 overview.
Click here to see a recent KTVU Channel 2 news clip of the Summer 2013 Sponsored Employment Program (SEP) kickoff event on June 19, 2013
Summer 2013 Sponsored Employment Program Orientation Session at JobTrain, 6/17/13