Youth Empowerment and Support Services (YESS) is celebrating 40 years in Edmonton! On September 1, 1981, YESS was officially incorporated after years of work from the community in Bonnie Doon.
Over the years YESS has moved from the crisis focus of emergency shelter to a prevention focus that provides everything from shelter to resources to trauma support. To reflect this, the organization changed its name to Youth Empowerment and Support Services in 2012. What has stayed constant is the importance of community in the mission to walk beside youth on the journey towards healing.
Based in Edmonton, YESS provides immediate and low-barrier 24/7 shelter, a drop-in resource centre, temporary supportive housing, temporary independent cohort housing, and individualized wrap-around supports for young people aged 15–24. YESS works collaboratively within a network of care focused on the prevention of youth homelessness by providing necessary supports to stabilize housing, improve wellbeing, build life skills, connect with community, and avoid re-entry into homelessness for city youth.
Organizers thank partner agencies, board members, donors, volunteers, and the wider community for collaborating over the years, along with the youth who are courageously seizing their goals and their futures in YESS programs.
YESS extends an invitation to Celebrate Our Youth! all year long, on social media channels @YESSorg.