YES! (Youth Empowerment School)
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The Youth Empowerment School is happy to announce our implementation of
Brown University's Bootstrap Program


FID's Yes! program is designed to educate, empower and inspire High School Students ages 15-18 who fall into the category of being at-risk to academic, personal, and social failure. It is designed especially for who have been referred to alternative schools and juvenile detention. Popular sociologists have called their path the “public school to prison pipeline”. The goal of the YES! program is to break the cycle by providing a pathway to productivity, responsible citizenship, motivation, employability, college entrance, and entrepreneurship.


The program seeks to teach these traditionally hard-to-reach students by making their learning “real world” applicable. Students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds typically look for information they believe will materially affect their lot in life and lead directly to economic empowerment. These are exactly the areas that Yes! will address.


We provide incentives for each participant as they are given an opportunity to earn money while participating in multiple business ventures, like our YES! Concession Trucks. The proceeds from these ventures allow them to take fun field trips, pay for school supplies, and even generate a matched contribution toward their general college fund or business startup.


The YES! program engages and trains young people that the public school system has not been able to effectively reach. We provide the program, the support, the system and the belief required to break the cycle of poverty and imprisonment in their lives. Our youth are facing real problems and the Yes! program is a real solution. Get involved! Partner with us and make a difference in the life of a young person.

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