Youth Enrichment Services

4th Annual Black Diamond Gala

Save the date for Youth Enrichment Services’ 4th Annual Black Diamond Gala on Thursday, April 3, 2014!

More information will be released in the coming months. In the meantime if you are interested in learning more about this event, contact YES Director of Development, Jamie Burch, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

YES in The Boston Globe | Ways To Give | Youth Enrichment Services

YES in The Boston Globe

The Boston Globe recently featured an article about The John Hancock MLK Summer Scholars program, which YES partners with each summer!

Our summer Outdoor Adventure programming is supported by eight Boston teenagers whose positions are made possible through the John Hancock MLK Summer Scholar Program. The Boston Globe recently featured an article about the program, and one of our Scholars, Denzell, was quoted! Check out the article here.

The YES Young Donors Committee Presents: YES Fest | Ways To Give | Youth Enrichment Services

The YES Young Donors Committee Presents: YES Fest


More details to follow in July!


Youth Enrichment Services Save the Date Sept 7 YES Fest

YES Spring Newsletter (May 2013) | Ways To Give | Youth Enrichment Services

YES Spring Newsletter (May 2013)

YES Spring Newsletter (May 2013)

Boston Marathon Tragedy: A Message from Bryan Van Dorpe and Resources for YES Families | Ways To Give | Youth Enrichment Services

Boston Marathon Tragedy: A Message from Bryan Van Dorpe and Resources for YES Families

Boston Marathon Tragedy: A Message from Bryan Van Dorpe and Resources for YES Families

Dear YES Friends and Families,

As many of you know, 8-year-old Martin Richard, was an innocent victim in Monday’s Boston Marathon tragedy. Martin, as well as his siblings and parents, are well-known to many of us here at Youth Enrichment Services (YES) because of their active involvement in our Track & Field Program and Ski & Snowboard Team. Everyone here at YES extends our deepest sympathies to the Richard family during this difficult time.

YES is here to help our youth and families grieve and recover after Monday’s events. We are committed to being a safe place for the YES community and continuing to provide our YES kids with structure and support. Towards that end, programs at YES will continue to operate as scheduled, including next Monday evening’s Track & Field practice.

Several resources are available now for YES families, youth, volunteers, and staff:

• A resource guide is available online here for individuals who seek counseling services or advice on how to talk with their children about Monday’s tragedy.

• Two local vendors, Aetna and AllOne Health, are providing free and confidential access to trained counseling professionals. Counselors are available to provide support to YES families, youth, coaches, volunteers, staff, and friends. They can help individuals get through the immediate aftermath of Monday’s events and provide support on an ongoing basis, if necessary. Aetna and AllOne Health are both making their Employee Assistance Program (EAP) services available to anyone affected by Monday’s events. If you would like to access these EAP services, call 1-888-238-6232 (Aetna) or 1-800-451-1834 (AllOne Health) to speak with counselors over the phone. This is a free and confidential service.

YES is in the process of scheduling grief counselors who will be available for YES families, youth, volunteers, and coaches. More information will be released in the coming days regarding counseling sessions. Please do not hesitate to contact Bernadette Peeples, Director of Programs, with any specific questions or concerns. You can reach Bernadette at 617-267-5877 ×12 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Many families and friends have also asked us, “How can we help?”

• A fund to support the Richard family has been set up courtesy of the Meetinghouse Bank. Checks can be made payable to The Richard Family Fund and mailed to Meetinghouse Bank 2250 Dorchester Avenue Dorchester, MA 02124.

• Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino recently announced the formation of The One Fund Boston as a relief fund to help individuals affected by Monday’s tragic events. Donations to The One Fund Boston can be made online at onefundboston.org.

We ask that you continue to keep the Richard family in your prayers and respect their privacy as they grieve and heal. Thank you again for your compassion and kindness during this challenging time.

Sincerely,

Bryan Van Dorpe
Executive Director


Click here to view our resource guide for families and individuals.

Click here to view this letter in PDF format.

Join the YES Alumni Circle | Ways To Give | Youth Enrichment Services

Join the YES Alumni Circle

Want to stay in touch and reconnect with former YES kids from the 70s, 80s, and 90s? Join the YES Alumni Circle!

Were you a YES Kid?

Want to stay in touch and reconnect with former YES kids from the 70s, 80s, and 90s? Join the YES Alumni Circle!
Email your contact information (including your current email address!) to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Don’t miss out on upcoming Alumni activities!

Letter from the Director | Ways To Give | Youth Enrichment Services

Letter from the Director

Dear Friends of YES,

Welcome to the Youth Enrichment Services (YES) website!

Here you will find information on our diverse array of programs and site locations. As a private, non-profit, community-based organization, YES offers young people year-round activities — both indoors and outdoors — to build self-confidence and leadership skills. Since 1968, our mission has been to inspire and challenge youth with physical and mental activities that foster life-long respect for self, others, and the environment.

Please take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with our website and its many features, such as information on upcoming events, volunteering, fundraising, and news. For further help, please click on the Contact Us section.

Visit the website regularly for updates on our programs and events as they are always changing and growing! Thank you for your interest and support of YES.

Sincerely,

Bryan Van Dorpe
Executive Director

YES Fall Newsletter (October 2012) | Ways To Give | Youth Enrichment Services

YES Fall Newsletter (October 2012)

YES Fall Newsletter (October 2012)

YES Fall Newsletter (October 2012)

YES Summer Brief (August 2012) | Ways To Give | Youth Enrichment Services

YES Summer Brief (August 2012)

YES Summer Brief (August 2012)

YES Summer Brief (August 2012)

Homepage Slide One | Ways To Give | Youth Enrichment Services

Homepage Slide One

Homepage Slide Two | Ways To Give | Youth Enrichment Services

Homepage Slide Two

Homepage Slide Three | Ways To Give | Youth Enrichment Services

Homepage Slide Three

YES Spring Newsletter (May 2012) | Ways To Give | Youth Enrichment Services

YES Spring Newsletter (May 2012)

YES Spring Newsletter (May 2012)

YES Spring Newsletter (May 2012)

YES Winter Brief (January 2011) | Ways To Give | Youth Enrichment Services

YES Winter Brief (January 2011)

YES Winter Brief (January 2011)

YES Winter Brief (January 2011)

4th Annual Black Diamond YES Gala | Ways To Give | Youth Enrichment Services

4th Annual Black Diamond YES Gala

Thursday, April 3, 2014


Save the date for Youth Enrichment Services’ 4th Annual Black Diamond Gala will take place on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at The Revere Hotel in Boston, MA. More information will follow in the coming months. In the meantime, please contact YES Development Director, Jamie Burch, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with questions about sponsorships or donations for the 2014 event!

The 3rd Annual Black Diamond Gala to benefit YES took place on Thursday, April 4th at the Revere Hotel in Boston’s Theatre District. The event included a fantastic silent and live auction, cocktail reception and delicious seated dinner, appearances by World Class and Olympic snowsports athletes, and a special presentation sharing the powerful message of YES. Thank you to our sponsor, Boston Beer Company, for providing guests with complimentary Sam Adams beverages for the evening. Thank you to all of our sponsors, attendees and volunteers who made this wonderful evening possible!

Press Releases | Ways To Give | Youth Enrichment Services

Press Releases

Press Releases

April 3, 2013: 3rd Annual Black Diamond Gala Announcement

February 25, 2013: Julia Ford, US Ski Team Member, Attends Sisters on the Slopes with YES

February 19, 2013: New Local Mountain Partners Will Serve 120 YES Youth in 2013

January 22, 2013: YES Participates in Diversity Day at Pats Peak

November 13, 2012: YES Awards Abel Harris Scholarship to South End Native

October 3, 2012: YES Hosts Operation SnowSports Information Sessions for Public

September 1, 2012: Youth Enrichment Services (YES) Hosts Boat Cruise Fundraiser

July 26, 2012: Boston R.O.C.K.S!!! Awards Grant to Summer Youth Track Program

July 3, 2012: Cambridge Community Foundation Grant Announcement

June 26, 2012: Richard Williams Memorial Scholarship Awarded to Three Graduating Seniors

Interested in press releases from earlier than June 2012? Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Annual Reports | Ways To Give | Youth Enrichment Services

Annual Reports

Annual Reports

The 2012 Annual Report is available in PDF format.
The 2012 Financial Statements are available to read or print.

The 2011 Annual Report is available in PDF format.
The 2011 Financial Statements are available to read or print.
The FY 2011 IRS Form 990 is available to read or print.

The 2010 Annual Report is available in PDF format.
The 2010 Financial Statements are available to read or print.
The FY 2010 IRS Form 990 are available to read or print.

YES Winter Newsletter (Dec 2011) | Ways To Give | Youth Enrichment Services

YES Winter Newsletter (Dec 2011)

YES Winter Newsletter (Dec 2011)

Employment | Ways To Give | Youth Enrichment Services

Employment

Employment Opportunities

YES is currently seeking a Ski Team Coordinator & Rental Shop Assistant. Click here to learn more about the position. Applications are due ASAP.

YES is currently seeking a Rental Shop Manager to begin work October 1. Click here to learn more about the position. Applications are due August 20.

YES is currently seeking a Development & Communications Intern to begin work August 19. Click here to learn more about the position. Applications are due August 7.

If you would like to learn more about volunteering with us, please click here.

YES Fall Brief (Nov 2011) | Ways To Give | Youth Enrichment Services

YES Fall Brief (Nov 2011)

YES Fall Brief (Nov 2011)

Special Gifts | Ways To Give | Youth Enrichment Services

Special Gifts

A gift of stock provides increased value to YES  at a decreased cost to the donor.  The benefits include the following:


  • A charitable income tax deduction for the fair market value of the stock;
  • Elimination of the capital gains tax that would ordinarily become due if you had sold the stock on the open market and donated the proceeds of the sale to YES.


  • To donate stock to YES, please contact your firm for its Transfer of Account form. YES’s Account at Charles Schwab is #6448-7667. Schwab’s DTC # 0164. Please enter this information in the appropriate field on your form. If you have any additional questions, please contact Bryan Van Dorpe at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

    YES Kids and Families | Ways To Give | Youth Enrichment Services

    YES Kids and Families

    YES has a long rich history of getting kids (ages 7-18) outdoors and helping them find out about themselves and their abilities to overcome challenges. Boosting a kid’s confidence and expanding their horizons is the YES way.


    From December to March, YES operates trips every Saturday and Sunday. Other trips — mid-week, school vacation, and overnight — are available by special request during the winter months.


    From April to October and especially during the summer school vacation months, YES runs day trips, night trips especially for teens, week long programs, and weekend trips that can consist of overnight camping, mountain biking, kayaking, and hiking. All weekend overnight trips take place at Swann Lodge, a YES facility in Monterey, MA. Volunteer activity guides, canoes, sleeping bags, and meals are provided by YES.

    To learn more about summer or winter day trips or participating on overnight trips, contact YES Program Coordinators at 617-267-5877, ext 14, or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

    We look forward to hearing from you soon and thank you for considering YES for your child.

    Scholarships | Ways To Give | Youth Enrichment Services

    Scholarships

    Richard Williams Memorial Scholarship

    Embracing academics and community service
    The Richard Williams “Believe and Achieve” Memorial Scholarship is an annual award presented to two graduating high school seniors or GED recipient. The scholarship rewards students who demonstrate leadership skills and academic promise as well as aspire to higher education and community service. The vision is to recognize students who want to challenge and inspire, as YES founder Richard Williams did.  The program offers two scholarships ($5,000 and $2,500) per year for four years.

    ELIGIBILITY


    • Enrolled in a public or private high school.
    • Age 17-19 and a US citizen or eligible non-citizen.
    • Consistent and active participation in the Youth Enrichment Services program.
    • Excellence in community service and willingness to serve. 
    • Evidence of academic effort.
    • Spirit of caring, belief in self and others. 
    • Has specific financial need.


    HOW TO APPLY


    • Complete an application for the Richard Williams "Believe and Achieve" Memorial Scholarship (link application here).
    • A cover letter addressed to the Scholarship Committee describing desire for this scholarship. 
    • A two-age, double-spaced personal essay telling the Scholarship Committee who you are and why you are passionate about community service.  Please tell us something unique, special, or important about the person you are.
    • Two letters of recommendation from school counselor, principal or teacher on official letterhead.
    • An official high school transcript.
    • A resume, which includes honors, awards, extracurricular activities, community service, and employment.


    All applications must be postmarked by April 15, 2011.  Late, incomplete, or faxed applications will not be accepted. The cover letter, personal essay, letters of recommendation, transcript, and resume must be sent to:


    YES Academy Director
    Youth Enrichment Services
    412 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, MA  02118


    Announcement of the recipient of the Richard Williams “Believe and Achieve” Scholarship will be made after June 1.


    More information about Richard Williams can be found here: (link info and instructions doc here)

    Junior Volunteer | Ways To Give | Youth Enrichment Services

    Junior Volunteer

    Here’s how we prepare YES for the future!
    Volunteers are the lifeblood of YES, and the Junior Volunteer program embraces ski slopes as the training ground where YES kids can carry on this all-important tradition.  The JRV program trains YES kids to be downhill ski and snowboard instructors.  As instructors, they teach others how to enjoy the slopes safely and also act as positive role models to peers during training clinics, working in the rental shop, and as instructors on trips. During the 2009-10 winter season, 65 youth were trained as JRVs.
    JRVs go through a multi-leveled tier system called the JRV Ladder whereby youth are rewarded based on achievements.  JRVs are required to dedicate a minimum of one day/month of slope time, a weekly 3-hour shift either in the rental shop or involved in community service or on-site training, and an instructional training weekend trip.
    More information about our JRV program can be found in our Volunteer section (link to Volunteer page under Get Involved)

    Partners | Ways To Give | Youth Enrichment Services

    Partners

    2010-2011 Partners

    YES relies heavily on the support of many partner agencies to successfully provide services to the youth and families of the Boston area. Please find many of YES’s partners listed below. Note that this list is always growing and YES updates it as often as possible. YES thanks all of our partners for their ongoing support and generosity!

    People | Ways To Give | Youth Enrichment Services

    People




    Board of Directors

    Richard Ward

     

    President

     

    Verge Philanthropy Partners

    Phill Gross

     

    Vice President

     

    Adage Capital Management

    Betsy Strickland

     

    Vice President

     

    Harvard Business School

    Kevin Hicks

     

    Treasurer

     

    Kevin Hicks Insurance Agency

    Arnesse Brown

    Clerk

     

    Tenants Development Corporation

    Candace Burns-Johnson

       

    Dana Farber Institute

    Marcus Evans

     

    Keville Enterprises

    Michael Preiner

     

    Harvard University


     





    Board of Trustees

    Elizabeth Q. Bartlett

     

    State Street

    Edward Beagan

     

    Assistant District Attorney

    Louis J. DeGeorge

     

    DeGeorge Home Improvements

    Derek Fowler

     

    City of Boston Fire Department

    Yuji Koga

     

    Reynders, McVeigh Capital Management, LLC.

    Marla Quinones

     

    Boston Children’s Museum

    Geoff Soper

     

    Merrill Lynch

    Melvin A. Vieira, Jr.

     

    Remax Real Estate

    Mark Williams

     

    Ken Garff Volvo


     
















    Advisory Council

    Ike Adams

       

    Harmonics

    Leandrea Brantle

       

    Heidi Brooks

       

    Citizens Bank

    Clarence Brown

       

    K&L Gates, LLP

    Phil Brown

       

    Kevin Corcoran

       

    Epoch Media/Video Park Series

    Ted Curd

       

    Santander’s Global Cards Division

    Steve Delaney

       

    Electronic Data Systems

    Mark Fanger

       

    Licensed Psychologist

    Jessica Ferri

       

    Anna Frank

       

    Lance Gomes

       

    Homisco, Inc.

    Daphne Griffin

       

    Boston Centers for Youth and Families

    Katie Haffenreffer

       

    Harvard Pilgrim Health Care

    Sam Hill

       

    Actuality Systems Inc.

    Beth Feinberg Keenan

       

    College Coach

    Stephanie Krzyzewski

       

    Northeastern University

    Joslynn Lee

       

    Northeastern University

    Jen Maitland

       

    Reebok

    Erin McCloskey

       

    John Hancock Financial Services

    Brian McCourt

       

    Keith McDermott

       

    Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center

    Gerry Moore

       

    Eaton Vance

    Will Morales

       

    YMCA Boston

    Michael Munn

       

    Mass Convention Center Authority

    Jennifer Ryan

       

    Dwyer & Collora, LLP

    Karen Savage

       

    Boston Public Schools

    Okolo Schwinn-Clanton

       

    Northwestern Mutual Financial

    Jason Soules

       

    EHS Partners

    Harold Sparrow

       

    YMCA Boston Development Office

    Linda Sullivan

       

    Macy’s

    Dane Tullock

       

    REI

    Steve Vaitones

       

    USA Track & Field – New England

    Robert Wadsworth

       

    The Boston Foundation

    Jim Wall

       

    Pats Peak

    Bernie Weichsel

       

    BEWI Productions

    James Wildash

       

    Zevin Asset Management

    Darnell Williams

       

    Urban League of Eastern MA

    Wayne Wytrzes

       

    Economist

    History | Ways To Give | Youth Enrichment Services

    History

    HISTORY

    1968 YES began with a simple premise: Give Youth a Chance. Take city kids off
    the street corner and let them ski down a mountain. Let them feel the wind and sun in their faces, and maybe for the first time, the pride of achievement. It’s a whole different world out there. This can create a whole different kid. That is what happened to Richard Williams growing up in New York City.

    Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his call to dream of possibilities, Richard took his passion to Boston and founded Operation Ski Lift. 500 kids from working poor families got that chance this first year.


    1972 One-on-one attention from caring volunteers is the key for 1,000 kids who learn
    to ski each year. Youth Enrichment Services is incorporated as a 501© 3 with a purpose of people helping people. Outdoor recreation is the tool. Education is the purpose.


    1975 Leveraging resources from ski resorts and sporting goods stores, as well as free warehouse space from the Christian Science Church, YES expands to year-round programs. Backpacking, canoeing, bicycling and environmental education trips are held at the Cape Cod National Seashore and at Swann Lodge, donated by the state of Massachusetts.


    1980 YES is rated by the United Way as a highly effective volunteer-driven organization. J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management gives high grades to the culture of caring at YES.


    1986 Friends and alumni raise a half million dollars to build new headquarters for YES and expand programs. Job training for teens begins in the Macomber Rental Shop with 1,200 sets of donated skis, boots, bicycles, and camping gear.


    1997 Harvard Business School evaluation finds that “YES has created a highly cost effective program which has a significant measurable positive impact on the lives of urban youth.” Snowboarding is now the most popular activity at YES.


    2003 Thirty five years later, more than 100,000 kids have come thru our doors. Many youth alumni stay involved as volunteers and donors. YES made me understand more about people,” says one participant. “Before, I put people into two categories-black and white. Now I see the difference in people comes from where they’re from and their family more than anything else. Before YES I never had been out of my neighborhood.”


    2007 YES Academy established. This after school program partners with Boston middle and high schools. The Environmental Team, Girls Outdoor Adventure Leadership, Junior Volunteer Program, and Job Training are all part of a developmentally appropriate curriculum that teaches youth leadership.


    2008 Lauren Marshall, a YES Alumnus, graduated from Green Mountain College with 3.54 GPA in Environmental Studies as the first recipient of the Richard Williams Memorial Scholarship.


    2011 A record number of youth have signed up for Operation SnowSports. This 23% increase from 2010 means more than 8,000 activity days. YES has put me ahead by opening me up to new things, the good things, and all the positive experiences they gave me,” says one participant.

    Corporate Sponsorship | Ways To Give | Youth Enrichment Services

    Corporate Sponsorship

    If your company has a matching gift program, your employees can increase the size of their gift through a corporate match to YES.  Invite your employees to consider designating YES as their charity of choice and maximize their support with your corporate match.  You may also encourage employee-led fundraising events by matching those proceeds.


    The benefits to your company’s partnership with YES are the following:


  • Visibility on newly launched website and rapidly growing Facebook page, including links to your website.
  • Corporate logo at events, when applicable, and posted prominently at YES headquarters.
  • Opportunities for your employees to join our kids in year-round outdoor activities.
  • Prominent mention in press releases, advertising and annual report.

  • Donate Now | Ways To Give | Youth Enrichment Services

    Donate Now

    YES relies on your donations to serve over 1,500 inner-city Boston kids and teens each year. We can’t do it without you! You may leave your gift unrestricted to allow YES to use it where it is most urgently needed or you may designate it to benefit a specific program.





  • $20,000 pays for 11 teen girls to participate in YES’s Girls Outdoor Adventure Leaders program for the entire school year.

  • $15,000 pays for 3 college-bound Boston high school seniors to receive Richard Williams Memorial Scholarship awards.

  • $10,000 pays for bus transportation for 10 trips to-and-from the mountain for skiing and snowboarding.

  • $5,000 pays for 125 kids and teens for a day of skiing or snowboarding in YES’s Operation SnowSports program. (Includes transportation, lift tickets, lessons, and equipment!)

  • $2,500 pays for 10 high school teens to participate for the full winter season in the Junior Volunteer leadership program.

  • $1,500 pays for 6 middle school girls to attend YES’s Girls Outdoor Adventure Leaders summer camp for one week.

  • $1,000 pays for 1 high school student to have a 6-week paid summer internship in YES’s Career Exploration program.

  • $500 pays for 5 teens to go on a camping weekend in the Berkshires.

  • $250 pays for 10 inner-city kids with coaching and instruction in the YES Track & Field program for an entire summer.

  • $100 pays for 3 youth to go rock climbing in YES’s Outdoor Adventure summer program.

  • $50 pays for 2 teens to go kayaking along the Charles in YES’s Outdoor Adventure summer program.

  • $35 pays for 1 youth to have warm gloves, a winter hat, and ski goggles to use while skiing and snowboarding with YES’s Operation SnowSports programs.

  • YES will support over 1,500 inner-city kids and teens this year. Make a gift and support the next generation of YES Kids! Thank you for your support.

    Donate Goods | Ways To Give | Youth Enrichment Services

    Donate Goods

    YES accepts a very limited amount of prearranged equipment and winter clothing donations.

    YES Currently is Accepting Donations of: (New or lightly used)


  • Snowboard decks

  • Snowboard boots size 10, 11, and 12

  • Strap-in snowboard bindings adult sizes

  • Skis 120cm

  • Child skis approximately 100-115 cm long




  • YES Currently Does Not Need:


  • Any used soft gear or winter clothing

  • Any used skis more than 5 years old

  • Ski boots

  • Step in snowboard boots

  • Strap in snowboard boots size 1-8

  • Helmets



  • View the detailed YES Needs Assessment Here!

    Raffle prizes and auction items are graciously accepted year-round to supplement ongoing fundraising activities. 

    Please contact Laura at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to make an in-kind donation.

    Events | Ways To Give | Youth Enrichment Services

    Events

    As an attendee or sponsor of one of our events, you will benefit from an association with YES’s inspirational and unique history in the community.  Showcasing a partnership through a corporate sponsorship with us will help your company leverage its name through the ideals, values, and mission of YES.

    2012-2013 Events Include:

  • Harpoon Brewery Beer Tasting to Benefit YES (November 2, 2012)
  • Cruisin’ for the Kids Harbor Cruise (September 18, 2012)
  • Mass Snow Challenge (March 2013)
  • Boston Marathon Fundraising Team (April 15, 2013) You can meet the 2012 Team here!
  • YES 3rd Annual Gala(April 2013) Click here to view photos from last year’s 2nd Annual YES Gala.

  • School Partnership | Ways To Give | Youth Enrichment Services

    School Partnership

    YES School Partnership Program is a collaborative relationship by which students from various schools are given opportunities for experiential education using outdoor activities to compliment school curriculum, while teaching leadership skills and promoting physical fitness for youth.

    The partnerships aim is to build strong relationships between both organizations, increase exposure to programming, develop and/or diversify funding sources, and create effective collaborations to better serve inner-city youth of Boston.

    We currently work with public and private schools in the Boston area and create an individualized plan that fits the needs of each school. Contact Rachada Hiranyaket (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) for more information about how your school can take advantage of outdoor adventures through YES.


    Outdoor Adventure | Ways To Give | Youth Enrichment Services

    Outdoor Adventure

    Outdoor Adventure serves youth 7-18
    (See below for specific program ages and some exceptions)


    Track and Field Team- Summer 2013


    Information is now available for the Summer 2013 Track & Field Team for youth ages 4 through middle school: Please click here to view the flyer.

    All participating youth are required to fill out a registration form and bring it with them in order to practice. Summer 2013 Track & Field Team Registration Form
    Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with questions.

    Click here to see results from the June 20 Developmental Meet.
    Click here to see results from the July 11 Developmental Meet.
    Click here to see results from the July 18 Developmental Meet.

    Click here to see details for the Frank Kelly Memorial Meet on July 26.

    Outdoor Adventure- Summer 2013


    The schedule and Registration Packet for
    Outdoor Adventure 2013 is here!

    Please read through all the instructions and forms before submitting.


    Completed registration packets will be accepted beginning April 22 for income eligible families (families at or below the state median income). Incomplete registration packets will not be accepted. For those applying for income eligible slots, proof of income or assistance must be submitted with the application. Completed packets can be hand delivered, mailed, emailed, or faxed to the YES office with original signatures.

    Non-income eligible families can begin submitting registration packets on May 22. Families applying for income eligible slots have until May 22 to submit their applications. After May 22, all slots will be filled based on the order in which applications are received.



    About Outdoor Adventure


    Outdoor Adventure Sessions: Participants join YES for a full week of programming that includes kayaking on Mondays, rock climbing or mountain biking on Tuesdays, a field day on Wednesdays, and a 2-night overnight at YES’s Swann Lodge. On Monday and Tuesday, programming will run between 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. Youth will arrive Wednesday morning for field day and return to Boston Friday by 4:00 PM.


    Outdoor Adventure Intensives: Participants join YES for up to a full week of programming that focuses on a specific skill or activity for the duration of the program. Running from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM daily, these intensives feature activities like fishing, rowing, rock climbing, or surfing at a variety of locations.


    View the schedule for Summer 2013 and Registration Packet here!

    Join the fun! Say YES!

    Operation SnowSports | Ways To Give | Youth Enrichment Services

    Operation SnowSports

    Ready to ski or snowboard?


    Operation SnowSports serves youth ages 7-18


    Operation SnowSports is YES’s flagship program that provides youth with the opportunity to ski, snowboard, and cross country ski during the winter months. Each year, YES takes more than 1,000 youth downhill skiing and snowboarding from December through April. The young people are enrolled as YES Kids or from collaborating agencies.

    Through donations, fundraising events, and partnerships, YES keeps expenses to a minimum and provides programming that is affordable and accessible to everyone. In this way, YES encourages youth to not only learn and experience this new adventure and sport, but also to participate in other YES programs and develop lifelong relationships with mentors and peers.

    Youth are encouraged to join at any stage in their skill development, from beginners to competitive ski racers.



    Information about 2013-2014 Registration will be available in October 2013.


    If you would like to be notified by email when registration information becomes available,
    please click here and fill out this form.


    The YES Experience


    All participants attend a required pre-trip clothing orientation that explains how to stay warm, dry and safe on the slopes. At the YES rental shop at YES headquarters in Boston, YES volunteers outfit participants with skis or snowboards, boots, poles, and other necessary winter equipment.

    Upon arrival at the ski mountains, YES volunteer instructors provide ski lessons on the slopes.  Each trip is led by a YES Group Leader and has a 5:1 ratio of children to adults. YES takes a maximum of 65 young people for each trip. In no time at all, YES Kids are skiing, riding, and having fun.

    Seasonal Pass Program


    YES’s goal is to have a greater impact on youth, i.e. serve more youth, more frequently. The Seasonal Pass Program allows youth to sign up for 5 ski/snowboard trips at a minimal cost. Participating youth also are able to take their equipment home for the season allowing them to enjoy winter sports outside of YES’s programming.

    Race Development Program


    For more experienced skiers and riders, or those who which to accelerate their development, the YES Ski and Snowboard Team introduces downhill skiers and snowboarders to the excitement of competitive racing. The 12-week program – created in partnership with Boston Ski Party and Pat’s Peak Ski Area in Henniker, N.H. — begins in the summer and fall with “dry land” training that builds strength, agility and camaraderie for the slopes. Once the snow begins to fall, team members hit the trails. They train at Pat’s Peak Ski Area and compete in fun races at Pat’s Peak and other New England areas culminating in the Finals at the Mass Snow Challenge at Wachusett Mtn. In 2010, 50+ athletes participated in this program.

    Race coaches are YES and Boston Ski Party Volunteers, many of whom have prior high school or collegiate racing experience to share with the team members, who work in conjunction with Pat’s Peak Ski School. The program continues to grow each year and YES looks forward to incorporating other ski areas in the future.

    Community Agencies | Ways To Give | Youth Enrichment Services

    Community Agencies

    YES has a long rich history of getting kids outdoors and teaching them about their abilities to overcome challenges. Boosting a kid’s confidence and expanding his or her horizons is the YES way.


    From December to March, YES operates trips every Saturday and Sunday. Other trips — mid-week, school vacation, and overnight — are available by special request during the winter months.


    From April to October, and especially during the summer school vacation months, agencies can sign up on designated days for our activities. Groups must provide their own transportation, appropriate clothing, lunch and water. In addition, we run special trips on request that can consist of overnight camping, mountain biking, kayaking, and hiking. All weekend overnight trips take place at Swann Lodge, a YES facility in Monterey, MA.


    To participate in YES winter ski trips or summer day trips, contact Bernadette Peeples at 617-267-5877, ext 12, or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .


    If you are interested in using the YES lodges in Killington, VT, or Swann Lodge in Monterey, MA, for an overnight trip, contact Bryan Van Dorpe at 617-267-5877, ext 18, or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .


    Please review the following requirements for agency trips with YES:


    1. Equipment and Guides: YES provides all outdoor equipment and volunteer guides. Groups must provide their own transportation, appropriate clothing, lunch and water.


    2. Timing of Trips: Most day trips begin at YES at 9:00am and return by 4:00pm. Other times can be requested and must be agreed upon in advance. Friday – Sunday overnight trips start at 5:30pm on Friday and return by 4:00pm on Sunday. Allow 3 hours of driving time.


    3. Trip payments: A non-refundable deposit of 1/3 of the trip cost must be made to reserve a date. Deposits are due within five business days after your reservation is made. If a deposit is not received after five days, your reservation will be canceled. The remainder is due, along with permission slips, 7 days before the start of the trip. Refunds are not available.


    4. Agency Chaperone Requirements: YES Chaperone Permission Slip Form Agencies with participants ages 13-18 are required to provide one chaperone (18 or older) for every seven youth. Groups bringing youth ages 7-12 must provide one chaperone (18 or older) for every five youth. On all trips everyone participates safely with respect for the staff, volunteers, fellow participants and equipment. Chaperones must be with their youth at all times. NO ADDITIONAL CHAPERONES ARE PERMITTED.


    5. Agency Transportation Responsibilities: During the winter, groups of 15 or more must supply an emergency vehicle to accompany YES transportation vehicles. For all Outdoor Adventure activities and trips, agencies must provide all transportation.


    6. Permission Slips:YES Youth Permission Slip Form A parent or guardian must complete and sign a YES permission slip for each youth and chaperone (under 18). Original, signed copies only. No faxes or emails are accepted. Permission slips and remaining balance are due at the pre-trip/orientation and fitting. NO REFUNDS are given if an agency or parent does not show for the activity.


    7. Equipment and Trip Orientations: The pre-trip fitting at YES is required for all youth and chaperones going on winter trips, including those with their own equipment. For all Outdoor Adventure day or overnight trips during the summer months, YES conducts trip orientations at your location for all participating youth. All permission slips and final payments are due at the time of orientations and only original forms are accepted – no photocopies or faxes. Winter fittings are scheduled no earlier than 5PM and no later than 8PM. Summer fittings are scheduled no earlier than 4:45 PM and no later than 7:45PM on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Summer orientations are conducted on Mondays between 12pm and 4pm for agencies only.


    8. No Substitutes: Replacing a no-show participant with another child on the day of the trip is not permitted.


    9. Cancellations: YES reserves the right to cancel trips due to inclement weather or for other safety precautions.


    We look forward to hearing from you soon, and thank you for considering YES as a resource for your agency.

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    Yes Academy

    YES Academy hosts four unique experiential educational programs throughout the year that serve youths ages 10 and up. Detailed information about each of programs can be found below. Youth must apply and be eligible for each program.


  • Girls Outdoor Adventure Leaders (GOAL)
  • Career Exploration Program
  • Junior Volunteer (JRV)
  • Richard Williams Memorial Scholarship



  • Girls Outdoor Adventure Leaders (GOAL)


    Serving girls ages eleven to fourteen.


    Girls Outdoor Adventure Leaders (GOAL) is a year-round program that provides pre-teen and teen girls (ages 11-14) with opportunities to develop leadership skills, explore individual sports (such as rock climbing, biking, skiing, and snowboarding), improve self-esteem, set and achieve goals, and challenge gender stereotypes. The GOAL program meets once a week during the school year and three times per week during the summer session for workshops and outdoor adventure activities. The school year is divided into monthly themes supported by guest speakers, workshops and discussions, including:



  • Identity, Vision, Goal Setting

  • Coping with Stress, Time Management, Balancing Responsibilities

  • Fitness and Nutrition

  • Self Esteem and Body Image

  • Healthy Relationships, Sex, Dating

  • Healthy Lifestyles

  • Family Time

  • Peer Pressure, Substance Abuse, Violence

  • Accepting Differences, Tolerance, Diversity

  • Caring for the World Around Us, Community Service, Environmentalism



  • GOAL Summer 2013 Brochure
    The GOAL Summer program is now at capacity. Please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to join the waitlist. Thank you for your interest!


    Career Exploration Program


    Preparing YESkids ages fourteen and up for the workplace


    The YES Career Exploration Program provides leadership and technical training for the workplace. The program is organized in three major parts: (1) 12 weeks of work readiness classes, (2) a week apprenticeship at YES, and (3) a paid summer job placement. The program, targeted to students 14 years of age and older begins in January and runs through the summer meeting weekly for two and 1/2 hours. Students are required to fulfill the first two parts of the program to be eligible for a part-time paid summer job. YES has placed students at companies such as Dana Farber Cancer Institute, the National Park Service, ZEVIN Asset Management, and Boston Public Schools.


    Topics covered in Career Exploration workshops include:



  • Resume Writing

  • Professionalism

  • Job Search Skills

  • Interviewing Skills

  • Computer Program Applications

  • Basic Office Tasks

  • Customer Service



  • Information about Career Exploration 2013 is now closed. Please check back in December 2013 for information on the 2014 program.

    2013 Career Exploration Program Flyer


    Click here to view photos of the 2012 Career Exploration Students at their job placements!



    Junior Volunteer


    Junior volunteers must be between the ages of thirteen and eighteen.


    The YES Junior Volunteers are inspired and challenged through one of the most high-impact and sought-after youth development programs in all of Boston! Many JRVs are veterans of the YES Operation SnowSports or Outdoor Adventure programs and are ready to give back through working in the rental shop, learning how to be ski and snowboard instructors, and by participating in dynamic after-school youth development workshops. As instructors, JRVs teach other youth how to safely enjoy the outdoors while acting as positive role models. YES has over 65 JRVs!

    JRVs work through a tiered youth development model, the JRV Ladder, to track personal growth and development using the same designations that mark the ski and snowboard trails. YES tracks each JRV’s progress in school, community service, on-site trainings and civic engagement, as well as other development areas. Youth work through the following levels:


  • Beginner: Orientation: Getting Your Feet Wet!

  • Intermediate: Understanding and Mastering: Policies and Procedures

  • Advanced: Activism: Master, Implement and Execute

  • Expert: The YES Community Ambassadors

  • JRVs enroll in the year-long program and are expected to maintain the following commitment:


  • Weekly three-hour shift in the YES rental shop that includes a one-hour youth development workshop.

  • Overnight weekend Instructor Training Clinic to New Hampshire in January.

  • One weekend day-trip per month from January through April.


  • YES JRVs also enjoy the following additional perks:



  • Free equipment rental from YES.

  • No-charge for YES trips if attending as a JRV.

  • Low-cost instructor training clinic. $100 includes transportation, lodging, lift pass and ski/snowboard school.

  • Opportunity to participate in the Pico Explorer Program – four weekends of ski and snowboard training at Pico and Killington, Vermont.

  • Invitation to Last Run Weekend, two days of skiing and riding at Killington, Vermont!


  • The Junior Volunteer Program accepts new applications during the following periods:

    April 1 through May 31, 2012
    August 15 through October 12, 2012

    Please click here for the 2013 Summer Outdoor Adventure Junior Volunteer Application

    2012-2013 Junior Volunteer Program Flyer

    All applicants participate in a group interview and receive a CORI background check.
    Applications are posted online and can be mailed, faxed or emailed to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Burton Miller, YES Volunteer Director
    (617) 267-5877 ext. 24 | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Richard Williams Memorial Scholarship


    Embracing academics and community service


    The Richard Williams Memorial Scholarship is an annual award presented to graduating high school seniors or GED recipients. The scholarship rewards students that demonstrate leadership skills and academic promise as well as aspire to higher education and community service. The vision is to recognize students who want to challenge and inspire, as YES founder Richard Williams did.


    ELIGIBILITY


  • Enrolled in a public or private high school.
  • Consistent and active participation in Youth Enrichment Services programming.
  • Excellence in community service and willingness to serve.
  • Evidence of academic effort.
  • Spirit of caring, belief in self and others.
  • Has specific financial need.


  • HOW TO APPLY


  • Complete an application for the Richard Williams Memorial Scholarship. The application for the next round will become available in December 2012.
  • A cover letter addressed Scholarship Committee describing desire for this scholarship.
  • A two-age, double-spaced personal essay telling the Scholarship Committee who you are and why you are passionate about community service. Please tell us something unique, special, or important about the person you are.
  • Two letters of recommendation from school counselor, principal or teacher on official letterhead.
  • An official high school transcript.
  • A resume, which includes honors, awards, extracurricular activities, community service, and employment.


  • Late, incomplete, or faxed applications will not be accepted. The cover letter, personal essay, letters of recommendation, transcript, and resume must be sent to:


    YES Academy Director
    Youth Enrichment Services
    412 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, MA  02118



    The application for the 2013 Richard Williams Memorial Scholarship is NOW AVAILABLE!
    Click here for the Application and Instructions.

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    Youth & Parents



    Click to download the Youth Permission Slip


    Click to download the Chaperone Permission Slip



    We like to take this opportunity and thank you for expressing interest in participating in YES winter or summer programs. As you are aware, YES has a long rich history for getting kids out and helping them figure out what they are made of. Boosting a kid’s confidence and expanding their horizons is the YES way. If you are interested in getting your youth involved in our activities, please follow the following steps:


    1. Contact Will Morales 617-267-5877 ext 12, or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) ., for ski trips in the winter or day trips in the summer.

    2. Contact Michael Arkin at 617-267-5877 ext 24, or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you are interested in using our two lodges located in Killington, Vermont or Swann Lodge in Monterrey, MA for an overnight trip in the winter or summer, or parents to learn about overnight opportunities for your children.

    3. We run trips every Saturday and Sunday from December through March. Mid-week trips, school vacation trips, and overnights are available by special request during the winter months. We run special trips on request between April-June and September – October which can consist of overnight camping, mountain biking, kayaking, and hiking. During the summer months, agencies/ individual parents can sign up on designated days for our activities.

    4. Your child will be placed in the care of a YES staff member for any YES-sponsored activity.

    5. YES provides transportation for your children through YES vehicles, charter bus, or public transportation.

    6. A parent or guardian must complete and sign a YES permission slip for each youth. No faxes or emails are accepted. Permission slips and remaining balance are due at the pre-trip/orientation and fitting. NO REFUNDS are given if an agency or parent does not show for the activity.

    7. The pre-trip fitting at YES is required for all youth and chaperones going on a winter trip including those with their own equipment. Parents signing children up will be asked to have their child participate in a winter/summer orientation which will be scheduled at our office. All permission slips and final payments are due at the time of orientations. Fittings are scheduled no earlier than 4:45 PM and no later than 7:45PM on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays during the summer months.

    8. Substituting a no-show with another child on the day of the trip is not permitted. YES reserves the right to cancel trips due to inclement weather or for other safety precautions.

    We look forward to hearing from you soon and thank you for considering YES as a resource for your agency and your child.
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    Volunteers

    Adult Volunteers

    At YES, our volunteers are more than just people interested in outdoor recreation. They are role-models who believe in challenging and supporting youth through outdoor sports and experiential education. They want to make a difference. You can make a difference, too!

    Our pool of more than 250 diverse, committed and passionate volunteers, some as young as 13, coach and instruct over 1,500 Boston youth annually. We use outdoor sports and recreational opportunities to challenge youth and teach them to respect themselves, others, and the environment. We have volunteer opportunities for all skill levels of skiing, snowboarding, kayaking, rock climbing and all other YES activities.

    Read below to find out more about the volunteer opportunities that YES has to offer! Applications are accepted from April 1 through May 31 for our Outdoor Adventure summer program and from August 15 through November 30 for our Operation SnowSports winter program. YES Academy applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

    Contact YES Volunteer Director Burton Miller for more information at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)!

  • Operation SnowSports: October – April
  • Outdoor Adventure: June – August
  • YES Academy: Year round
  • Junior Volunteers


  • OPERATION SNOWSPORTS


    (Applications accepted August 15 through November 30)

    Operation SnowSports is the largest program at YES where youth are inspired and challenged through skiing and snowboarding – many for the very first time! All Operation SnowSports volunteers participate in the following three commitments:

  • Training Clinic: YES Volunteers attend a weekend training clinic in December or January to Sugarloaf, Pico or Pats Peak. Volunteers train with certified mountain ski instructors and learn how to teach a specific skill level. Here you will meet many other YES Volunteers!
  • Shop Night: Volunteers work a weekly three-hour shift in the YES Rental Shop. All YES Kids are able to rent equipment directly from YES, and are fitted by volunteers like you. Owning our ski and snowboard equipment is one reason we are able to offer ski trips at discounted prices. The rental shop is open from Tuesday through Thursday from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Don’t worry if you don’t have any experience, we’ll train you! Shop time also gives volunteers an opportunity to meet YES Kids, families, and other volunteers.
  • Trips: Volunteers participate in a minimum of three day-trips per season, including one Sunday trip. YES Day trips run on Saturdays and Sundays from December through March, with additional weekday trips during the Boston Public Schools February break. You are able to choose your trips in advance!
  • Volunteers fulfill many different roles within the program, one of which is right for you!

    Ski and Snowboard Instructors: Snowsports enthusiasts interested in teaching urban youth how to ski or snowboard.
    Requirements: Attend a weekend training in December or January where volunteers of all ability levels learn how to instruct and one day trip per month from December to March with a minimum 2-hour lesson to a group of 1-7 youth.

    Trip Leaders: Adults (21+) with a customer service mentality and large group (45-55 people) leadership skills. Duties include bus monitoring, group orientation, supervising the pre and post-trip responsibilities at YES, checking in with ski patrol, distribution of tickets, delegating group lessons to volunteers, and overall group management.
    Requirements: Training is required and provided by YES.

    Emergency Vehicle Drivers: Adult drivers (21+) with spotless driving records.
    Requirements: A qualified adult able to drive a 12-passenger van or an 8-passenger SUV to and from destinations in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. Drivers remain on-call for emergencies and are required to act as the YES liaison in medical emergencies.

    Chaperones: Adults (18+) who assist in the supervision of youth on trips.
    Requirements: Monitor youth under the direction of the Trip Leader. Responsibilities will vary based on the activity. Group management experience is important.

    Here is a typical winter day at YES:

    5:30 A.M. Arrive at YES and check-in with trip leader.
    6:30 A.M. Departure
    9:00 A.M. Arrive at mountain. Unload bus and help kids with equipment.
    9:45 A.M. Two-hour lesson
    11:45 A.M. Lunch
    1:00 P.M. Chaperone Shift rotations
    3:30 P.M. Load bus
    4:00 P.M. Depart mountain
    6:30 P.M. Return to YES; unload and put away equipment

    YES Volunteers enjoy some of the following perks:

  • Low-cost instructor training clinic

  • Free transportation to and from mountain

  • Free seasonal equipment rental from YES

  • Reasonably priced equipment packages

  • Last Run Volunteer Appreciation Weekend


  • Please check back on August 15, 2013 for our application!



    Outdoor Adventure


    (Applications accepted April 15 through June 7)

    YES serves over 600 youth each summer through our Outdoor Adventure program. Youth are inspired and challenged through various activities such as mountain biking, rock climbing, kayaking and rowing. Volunteers are needed to assist in leading groups of 10 – 30 youth.

    Outdoor Adventure is weekday based and is designed to reflect the needs of the Boston community by offering out-of-school programming. Outdoor Adventure Sessions are 5-day programs beginning Monday, July 8 with the final session beginning Monday, August 19. All programs depart from and return to Youth Enrichment Services Headquarters at 412 Massachusetts Ave in Boston. Day Trips run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The program schedule is as follows:

    Monday: Kayaking at Charles River Canoe & Kayak (Allston or Newton-Auburndale)
    Tuesday: Mountain Biking at Wompatuck State Park or Rock Climbing (Rock Spot Dedham or MetroRock Everett)
    Wednesday: Field Day and Departure for overnight to Swann Lodge (Monterey, MA)
    Thursday: Hiking and outdoor programming at Swann Lodge
    Friday: Outdoor programming at Swann Lodge and return to Boston by 4:00 p.m.

    YES also offers Outdoor Adventure Programs for Boston-based youth-serving agencies. One-day programs are offered on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and include Rock Climbing, Mountain Biking and Kayaking.

    Volunteer Opportunities:

    Instructors: Outdoor Enthusiasts interested in bringing urban youth to the outdoors for adventure activities.
    Requirements: Specific training from YES for activities (Rock Climbing, Kayaking and Biking) is required. Duties include facilitating orientation and activities, reporting to the Activity Captain, instructing and motivating youth in outdoor activities, and overall group management.
    Availability: Weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., or 4:00 p.m. on Wednesdays through 4:00 p.m. on Fridays for overnight programs to Swann Lodge.
    Commitment: Minimum of five total volunteer days with YES during July & August.

    Track & Field Coaches: Adults and high school students who coach youth in the YES Track & Field Program at Moakley Park in South Boston.
    Requirements: High energy and willingness to coach and inspire youth in the basic fundamentals of track and field.
    Availability: Mondays and Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    Commitment: Minimum of one night per week during the summer Track & Field Program.

    Applications can now be downloaded and completed. Please submit to Burton Miller, Volunteer Director via scan/email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), mailed to 412 Massachusetts Avenue Boston, MA, or faxed to 617-266-6168 by June 7. We look forward to working with you at YES!


    Click here to download an application!




    YES Academy

    (Applications accepted year-round)

    The YES Academy umbrellas four year-round out-of-school programs committed to developing potential leaders through experiential learning, job training, volunteerism and role modeling. Further information is available by contacting Laura Neubauer, YES Academy Program Coordinator at 617-267-5877 ext. 16 or by email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

    Girls Outdoor Adventure Leaders (GOAL) Program Speakers: Women (18+) interested in being guest speakers or presenting workshops to middle school girls. Workshops and activities include self-esteem, healthy relationships, confidence, leadership, identity, nutrition and healthy cooking, yoga, female empowerment and outdoor trips. Volunteers are also needed for the annual Women Leaders Panel in May. GOAL workshops are after school on Fridays from September through June.

    Career Exploration Speakers: Adults interested in presenting job training workshops to high school students on topics including job seeking, interview skills, resume writing, professionalism and computer applications. Professionals are also needed for the Professional Career Day Panel in March. Workshops are held after school on Tuesdays from January through April.

    Job Sponsors: Adults interested in sponsoring a high-school student in a supervised summer job at the workplace for 6 weeks (25 hours per week) from July – August.

    Junior Volunteer (JRV) Speakers: Adults looking to facilitate youth development workshops to YES’s teen volunteers on subjects such as effective leadership, customer service, green jobs, outdoor skills, Leave No Trace principles and personal fitness.


    YES Adult Volunteer Application
    YES Academy 2012-2013


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    Ways To Give

    Be supportive. Say YES!


    YES gratefully accepts donations of all sizes.  You may designate your donation to benefit a specific program or support a particular activity, or you can leave it unrestricted to allow us to use it where it is most urgently needed.  YES is a non-profit organization under the section 501 © 3 of the Internal Revenue Code, and therefore all charitable donations are deductible to the full extent allowed by law.  All donations will be acknowledged by YES.





    If you would like to donate online with a credit card, please visit the link above to our secure donation page at Network for Good, a non-profit that processes online donations for us.


    There are many ways you can help. When you’re ready to give, we hope you’ll say YES!

  • $20,000 pays for 11 teen girls to participate in YES’s Girls Outdoor Adventure Leaders program for the entire school year.

  • $15,000 pays for 3 college-bound Boston high school seniors to receive Richard Williams Memorial Scholarship awards.

  • $10,000 pays for bus transportation for 10 trips to-and-from the mountain for skiing and snowboarding.

  • $5,000 pays for 125 kids and teens for a day of skiing or snowboarding in YES’s Operation SnowSports program. (Includes transportation, lift tickets, lessons, and equipment!)

  • $2,500 pays for 10 high school teens to participate for the full winter season in the Junior Volunteer leadership program.

  • $1,500 pays for 6 middle school girls to attend YES’s Girls Outdoor Adventure Leaders summer camp for one week.

  • $1,000 pays for 1 high school student to have a 6-week paid summer internship in YES’s Career Exploration program.

  • $500 pays for 5 teens to go on a camping weekend in the Berkshires.

  • $250 pays for 10 inner-city kids with coaching and instruction in the YES Track & Field program for an entire summer.

  • $100 pays for 3 youth to go rock climbing in YES’s Outdoor Adventure summer program.

  • $50 pays for 2 teens to go kayaking along the Charles in YES’s Outdoor Adventure summer program.

  • $35 pays for 1 youth to have warm gloves, a winter hat, and ski goggles to use while skiing and snowboarding with YES’s Operation SnowSports programs.


  • YES directs two annual appeals (November and May) each year that provides individuals with the opportunity for a regular annual donation at the end of the calendar or fiscal year.

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    Get Involved

    Join Us!

    People come to YES in a variety of ways. Youth sign up to go on trips individually or through our partner agencies such as YMCA’s, Boys and Girls Clubs, churches, settlement houses, community centers, and local high schools. YES volunteers are community members who are passionate about giving back to their community and see YES as a great opportunity to work with Boston youth. YES offers unique opportunities for positive risk-taking and practical experiential learning help to lower the student attrition rate among urban youth, while providing strong mentorship relationships with adult and junior volunteers.


    YES values:

  • Accessibility, affordability, and safety.,
  • Relationships built on honesty, trust, and respect.
  • Volunteerism and volunteers who are positive role models.
  • Want to get involved? There are plenty of options here at YES:


  • YES Kids and Families

  • Community Agencies

  • School Partnerships

  • Interested Volunteers

  • Ways to Give


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    Programs

    "There's a kid on the street with all the answers. Maybe you've seen him. He lives in a project out in Dorchester. Or over a grocery store in Hyde Park. Maybe he lives with his grandmother in Arlington. It doesn't matter. He's angry. And he's confused. He's had the answers for a long time. Answers from parents. Teachers. Youth Workers. But until now, no one ever bothered to show him the questions." - Anonymous


    Our Programs serve youth ages 7-18


    YES programs offer year-round, progressive opportunities for participation, apprenticeship and leadership under the close supervision of 150 intensely involved adult volunteers and professional staff.   Youth who join YES in order to participate in outdoor adventure programs in the winter or summer often stay with us to pursue more in-depth opportunities like ski team training, volunteering as junior instructors, girls’ leadership, environmental awareness, and job training.


    Each program represents the vision of YES:

  • For youth to have access to affordable, in-depth programs that challenge them through outdoor sports and experiential education.

  • For youth to build strong relationships with positive role models and take advantage of apprenticeship opportunities to build technical and leadership skills.

  • For youth to have a safe place to engage in positive activities and quality experiences that foster character development and physical fitness.

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    About Us

    Our Organization

    Youth Enrichment Services (YES) is a unique and well-established youth development organization that introduces Boston kids and teens to the great outdoors through skiing, snowboarding, biking, hiking, rock climbing, and other sports. Our Operation SnowSports and Outdoor Adventure programs instill positive values, help kids develop a healthy lifestyle, and teach teamwork. YES also runs the YES Academy which provides year-round opportunities for youth to learn the critical skills needed to be successful in college, work, and life. YES has been providing youth development, leadership, and enrichment programs for the past 44 years and has served over 100,000 Boston kids!


    YES serves 1,500 young people between the ages of 7 and 18, of which 78 percent live in Boston. YES targets young people with limited access to outdoor activities and sports, namely at-risk youth living in low-income households. Last year, 45 percent of YES participants were girls. Eighty-five percent were Asian, Black, Hispanic, or mixed ethnicity.


    YES’s mission is to inspire and challenge youth with physical and mental activities that foster life-long respect for self, others, and the environment.

    Through outdoor and environmental experiences, YES kids:



    1. Build confidence

    2. Develop motor skills and physical fitness
    3. Learn responsibility and accountability 

    4. Learn to treat others, including mentors, coaches, and officials, with respect
    5. Interact with diverse cultures
    6. Develop a healthy life style that includes exercise

    7. Learn respect for the environment


    Check out the YES Youtube video below:


    As an organization of committed staff, volunteers, community members and corporate partners, YES believes in:


    • Challenging and supporting youth through outdoor sports and experiential education
    • Sharing the love and enjoyment of the outdoors
    • Fostering stewardship of the natural environment
    • Sustaining a diverse organization and promoting diversity in the community
    • The power of mentoring

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    Contact Information

    The YES Boston Office is open Monday-Friday (9AM – 5PM). Staff can be reached by phone, fax, mail, or email.
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    Youth Enrichment Services

    Founded in 1968, Youth Enrichment Services (YES) provides sports-based youth development, leadership, and enrichment programs to Boston youth, ages 7 to 18.