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