Category Archive: Success Stories

YESS Youth Making Her Dreams Come True

Dear Staff at Youth Empowerment & Support Services, Sixteen years ago I stayed at YESS after having a significant breakdown in my relationship with my mother. Since then my life has travelled a… 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


As the days start to get a little bit shorter and the air starts to get a little bit cooler, we can’t help but reminisce about what a remarkable summer it’s been at… Continue reading

This Is My Story

This is the story of one of our youth. Client names and identifying information have been changed to protect their privacy. Images used are representations of YESS’s clients. I came to Canada from Uganda… 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

Brett’s Story

Brett first came to YESS when he was fifteen. His expectations weren’t particularly high—he saw an ad in a train station and hoped for a few nights in a warm bed. Brett had moved to Edmonton… Continue reading

A Facebook message from the heart

Changing young lives for the better – it’s a beautiful thing. This past week we received a Facebook message from an old client – a youth who came to us months ago seeking… Continue reading

A letter from Mark

Many years ago when I was 17 (I’m now in my late 30s), I came to the youth shelter. I had a very religious father that would not accept me unless I was… Continue reading

Patrycja’s story

There was a time in my life, in my teens, when I found myself pretty desperate. I felt like no one understood me. I wanted very badly to disappear. This is probably not… Continue reading