Category Archive: How we help

A Big Milestone for H4AN!

This year we are hitting the milestone of the 15th Annual Homeless For A Night event in support of YESS! Of course there have been changes over the years: the event has changed venues,… Continue reading

A Very Special Letter

Last week we received the most heartfelt message from a former YESS youth, sharing her story and all the amazing things that have happened to her since she left us. With your support, you… Continue reading

My Favourite Christmas: Jessica’s Story

My name is Jessica, but I haven’t been called that in years. My favourite Christmas took place at the strangest time of my life. I was 16 and my mom was four years… Continue reading

Give Hope: Brandon’s Story

When I was three years old, Children’s Services removed me from my home due to my parents’ addiction issues. I was placed directly in a group home for toddlers, until a foster home… Continue reading

Give Health: Amanda’s Story

I was born in Regina, though I spent most of my life moving around Alberta and Saskatchewan. I grew up surrounded by violence and addiction. My mom would try to stay sober, but… Continue reading

Give Transportation: Zach’s Story

A police officer came by our Whyte Avenue building to drop off a wallet that had been lost on the train. It belonged to one of our youth living in Graham’s Place—Zach—who was… Continue reading

Gifts In-Kind  – Where do your donations end up?

Giving back is simple. It starts with a decision to just lend a helping hand to someone in need. Maybe you saw a story on the news saying that a local charity was… Continue reading

I Don’t Want My Friends To See Me Differently

Safiyo and her younger brother moved from their childhood home in Kenya to live with their mother in Canada. It should have been a joyous family reunion and the first steps in Safiyo… Continue reading

YESS Achieves 3-Year Accreditation with CARF!

What is accreditation? Accreditation is a formal process that certifies competency, authority, and credibility of individuals and organizations. Electricians and hairstylists are accredited by professional organizations. Educational programs are accredited for meeting standards… Continue reading

The Impact YESS Makes Because of People Like You

This week, we wanted to share some of the struggles our youth face, and the impact YESS has been able to make because of our dedicated volunteers, staff, donors, sponsors and supporters –… Continue reading

10 of April’s Remarkable Updates

Staff came together at the end of April for an agency wide staff meeting.  Each department, from the Facilities Team to the Management, Communications, Human Resources, and Programs Teams, talked about what was going… Continue reading

A remarkable experience

Here at Youth Empowerment & Support Services, it’s our way of life and an important philosophy we use when working with the teens that access our services to show them how special they really are. I recently… Continue reading

When life gives you lemons…

  By Deb Cautley, Executive Director, YESS We’ve all had those days (or weeks, or years) where things just aren’t going our way. YESS has faced numerous challenges in the past few years, and… Continue reading

Art is good for the heart

Did you know? Youth Empowerment & Support Services has an Artist in Residence! She originally joined us for a 6 month stay after a generous grant from the Edmonton Arts Council in 2012… Continue reading

3 reasons there’s no junk food in our kitchen

Here at YESS, we pride ourselves on being junk food free – and the reasons for that may surprise you! Here are 3 reasons we don’t give any junk food to our kids:… Continue reading

3 dangers facing kids without appropriate footwear

As we struggle to deal with the melting snow all around us, it’s important to remember that for some this is much more than an inconvenience. For the many kids in Edmonton who… Continue reading