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YEZ breaks down educational barriers for at-risk youth and young adults brought about by generational poverty and socio-economic barriers. We take a holistic approach by providing support and resources from birth through successful completion of high school, including one-on-one tutoring and college visits. But we don’t stop there, we keep our kids steadily progressing toward a shared goal of going to college, learning a trade or attending vocational school. Our kids graduate high school and transition into successful adults.

YEZ realizes education alone isn’t enough. Our youth need a job, so we offer year–round programming to help students prepare for today’s highly competitive job market. Our comprehensive employment readiness and resource navigation programs enable students to explore career paths and learn critical professional skills, including financial literacy, all while gaining valuable work experience.

YEZ offers a variety of services to help youth realize their full potential for success by filling in the gaps often found in families living in poverty. We build self-esteem, increase self-efficacy, supportive environments and provide resources to ensure consistent participation in meaningful extracurricular activities, community groups or leadership development programs. Our holistic approach addresses the psychological, social and life skills needs of youth in preparation for a healthy and inspired life in the Zone.

YEZ provides entrepreneurship and enrichment activities to help students develop strong business savvy, important leadership and life skills, the opportunity to work for themselves, and a deep appreciation for the foresight, commitment, and determination required to see projects through to completion – a trait that will serve them well when they get to college and throughout their lives.