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Youth Enrichment Services, Inc. (YES)

 412 Massachusetts Avenue
 Boston, MA 02118
[P] (617) 267-5877
[F] (617) 266-6168
http://www.yeskids.org
info@yeskids.org
Jamie Burch
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INCORPORATED: 1972
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EIN 04-2509466

LAST UPDATED: 12/07/2018
Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years Yes

Summary

Mission StatementMORE »

The mission of Youth Enrichment Services (YES) is to inspire and challenge Boston youth with physical and mental activities that foster life-long respect for self, others, and the environment. 

Mission Statement

The mission of Youth Enrichment Services (YES) is to inspire and challenge Boston youth with physical and mental activities that foster life-long respect for self, others, and the environment. 


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2018 to June 30, 2019
Projected Income $1,847,029.00
Projected Expense $1,967,836.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • a. Tier 1 / Introductory Experiences & Activities
  • b. Tier 2 / Intermediate Experiences & Activities
  • c. Tier 3 / High Impact Leadership Programs

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

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Overview

Mission Statement

The mission of Youth Enrichment Services (YES) is to inspire and challenge Boston youth with physical and mental activities that foster life-long respect for self, others, and the environment. 


Background Statement

Since its founding in 1968, Youth Enrichment Services (YES) has evolved into a blue-chip youth development organization with a unique three-tiered program structure that offers Boston’s urban youth a dynamic continuum of experiences as they progress through elementary, middle, and high school. More than 1,600 children and teens participate in YES’s year-round programming each year. Under the careful guidance of trained staff and over 200 trained and dedicated volunteers, youth explore new activities and opportunities, develop self-confidence, and transform into young leaders.

YES accomplishes its mission through its three-tiered Formula for Success

YES’s Tier 1 Introductory programs are one-time experiences that give youth a chance to experience the outdoors and engage in new activities through its Operation SnowSports and Outdoor Adventure programs.
 
Tier 2 Intermediate programs are repeat engagement experiences that build self-esteem by creating a supportive environment that celebrates skill development and includes positive social relationships with peers and trained adult staff and volunteers. Tier 2 programs include YETTI (Youth Excel Through Tailored Instruction) and the Mattapan Young Achievers, Cross Country Ski, Outdoor Adventure week-long intensives, and the YES Track and Field programs. 
 
Tier 3 High Impact programs include all YES Academy programs - College Preparation, Career Exploration, and the Leadership Corps. These high-impact programs are a gateway for under-served urban teens to reach their full potential and achieve success in the classroom and beyond.

YES targets youth and teens ages 7 to 18 from Boston’s most diverse and economically challenged neighborhoods: Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan. Nearly 3 out of 5 YES youth are youth of color: Black/ African American (29%), Latino/ Hispanic (17%), Multi-Ethnic (18%), and Asian (7%) and 75% of YES youth live in low-to-moderate income households. 

 
YES has a long history of positive results and impact on children and teens. YES youth have been demonstrated to have increased self-confidence, leadership skills, teaching and mentoring skills, workforce readiness skills, and aspirations to attend college. For the past seven years, 100% of the students in the YES Academy advanced to the next grade level on time, graduated high school on time, enrolled in college, and applied for at least one college scholarship

Impact Statement

Major Accomplishments FY18 (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018):

High School Graduation – Contributed to the successful completion of high school for 100% of YES high school seniors. For the seventh year in a row, all YES high school seniors graduated and enrolled in college.

Operation Snowsports (Cross Country Ski) – Added a second session of cross-country skiing in partnership with Boston Public Schools. Youth participated in a 6 week program with consistent coaches as part of their after-school programming in January and February.

Leadership Corps - Re-organized the program into three sports-specific tracks to offer teens unique strength-building workshops in conjunction with outdoor programming (Downhill, Cross Country Ski, and Outdoor Adventure). In the summer, teens participate in similarly structured sports-based leadership programming. Leadership Corps helps teens develop critical skills to be effective, confident young leaders and team players as they learn, coach, advocate, and volunteer.

Alumni Support Program – YES launched a new program this fiscal year which measures college retention and graduation rates with YES alumni undergraduates that will strengthen long-term alumni engagement. YES staff provide quarterly “check ins” with alumni throughout their college experience.

Fundraising (Gala) - Successfully held the 8th Annual Black Diamond Gala. The event raised a record-breaking amount of more than $625,000 to benefit YES youth. Over 400 people attended.

Fundraising (50th Anniversary) – YES celebrated its 50th anniversary this fiscal year through a series of events targeted at YES alumni.

Major Goals for FY19 (July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019):

Outdoor Adventure and Operation SnowSports – Increase the number of youth engaged in YES’s year-round active outdoor programs – Outdoor Adventure and Operation SnowSports by 10% annually.

College Preparation – Maintain a high retention rate of students enrolled in the four-year College Prep Cohort program as they move up grade levels, with the goal of having youth complete all four years of College Prep with YES. College Prep prepares teens to become strong confident college applicants through college tours, workshops, group trainings, and 1:1 sessions on topics such as college and financial aid processes and essay writing.

Career Exploration- Increase the number of youth enrolled in the Career Exploration program. The Career Exploration program prepares Boston teens for the workforce by increasing their knowledge about career options and develop positive adult networks through career panels, guest speakers, job shadowing, and internships.

Fundraising: Strengthen fundraising efforts to support program growth, as guided by the FY 2016-2020 Strategic Plan. This includes expanding YES's major gifts program and expanding YES's annual Black Diamond Gala, to raise over $625,000.

Capital Campaign: Launch a capital campaign to raise funds for YES’s move to its new headquarters. A new headquarters will allow YES to increase the number of youth served each year.


Needs Statement

In order to achieve its strategic goals, YES has pressing capacity building needs:

Building. YES wants to complete a feasibility study and design a capital campaign framework for either purchasing a new building or completing renovations to YES’s Boston headquarters. Growth in the numbers of youth served across the organization has meant that space for all programs (for individual and group meetings, large events such as forums, equipment storage, computer labs) is at maximum capacity. Space constraints are inhibiting further growth, particularly for after-school YES Academy programs that operate on-site at YES. ​

Tier 2 & Tier 3 Programs. The demand for the programs of YES is growing significantly, outpacing current capacity. As YES focuses on deepening the organization’s long term influence on youth by strengthening its programs through repeat engagement and age-appropriate cohorts, there is simultaneously an increased need for staffing, space, and information technology, as well as the need to expand already robust efforts to secure the necessary financial resources.

Fundraising. To keep pace with current and planned growth, YES has increased its base of individual donors and has expanded organizational leadership who have the capacity and networks to raise funds. A capital campaign and continued development of major donors will be necessary in order for YES to meet its strategic goals to ensure YES's financial health and sustainability over the coming decade.

Equipment and Vehicles. Every year, equipment such as skis, helmets and snowboards must be replaced as the result of normal wear and tear. Additionally, as the number of youth served in YES’s Tier 1 and Tier 2 programs (Operation SnowSports and Outdoor Adventure) continues to grow annually, new equipment must be purchased to meet the demand. Because these programs take place off-site and out of the City of Boston, securing safe, adequate transportation is a necessity.


CEO Statement

I am honored to have served as the Executive Director of Youth Enrichment Services since 2008. It is a privilege to lead this organization through its next chapter. YES owes much to its founders, Richard and Mary Williams, who built this organization from the ground up. It is my goal, as their successor, to be a true steward of the YES mission. 

Today, YES benefits from the hard work of YES's talented staff; the unwavering efforts of the Board of Directors, Trustees and Advisors; the dedication of over two hundred inspiring volunteers; and the support of a giving, engaged community of former YES youth and families. Every day I leave YES’s office knowing that we have made a positive impact on the youth of Boston. 
 
Bryan Van Dorpe
Executive Director

Board Chair Statement



Geographic Area Served

Greater Boston Region-All Neighborhoods
City of Boston- Allston/ Brighton
City of Boston- Back Bay
City of Boston- Beacon Hill/ West End
City of Boston- Charlestown
City of Boston- Chinatown/ Leather District
City of Boston- North Dorchester
City of Boston- South Dorchester
City of Boston- Downtown
City of Boston- East Boston
City of Boston- Fenway/ Kenmore
City of Boston- Hyde Park
City of Boston- Jamaica Plain
City of Boston- Mattapan
City of Boston- Mission Hill
City of Boston- North End
City of Boston- Roslindale
City of Boston- Roxbury
City of Boston- South Boston
City of Boston- South End/Bay Village
YES serves children and teens from diverse low and low-to-moderate income families who live in Boston, with a particular focus on Boston's underserved neighborhoods of Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan. 

Organization Categories

  1. Youth Development - Youth Development Programs
  2. Youth Development - Youth Community Service Clubs
  3. Youth Development - Youth Development-Citizenship

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

No

Programs

a. Tier 1 / Introductory Experiences & Activities

Tier 1 / Introductory Experiences & Activities - Goal is to introduce youth to and get them involved in outdoor activities (skiing, snowboarding, kayaking, rock climbing, mountain biking and more)  that they otherwise would not have an opportunity to experience. Includes Operation SnowSports and Outdoor Adventure programs.

Budget  $472,500.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Minorities
Program Short-Term Success 
After engaging in YES's Operation SnowSports and Outdoor Adventure programming:
  • at least 85% of youth will increase their confidence trying new activities
  • at least 86% of youth will increase their confidence in the outdoors
  • at least 86% of youth will increase their problem-solving skills
  • at least 90% of youth will feel safe.
Program Long-Term Success 
YES’s Tier 1 Operation SnowSports and Outdoor Adventure programming provides Boston youth with sports-based developmental activities and adventures that inspire and challenge, helping children and teens build the foundation for a lasting healthy lifestyle and a lifelong love of outdoor sports and activities. Youth grow in confidence and self-worth and develop their problem-solving skills, which contributes to their lasting physical and mental health.
Program Success Monitored By 

YES utilizes a variety of tools to measure and monitor the success of its programs. YES has undergone training on outcomes measurement through a partnership with the Boston Youth Sports Initiative and has developed a web-based platform for capturing and reporting statistics and outcomes. YES staff tracks evaluation data and uses it to make program changes on an ongoing basis.

For all programs, participant demographics are collected, including sex, neighborhood of residence and race/ethnicity of participants so that YES can accurately determine who we are and are not reaching and how well we are serving our target population. Attendance is taken and monitored for all programs. YES has high expectations for consistent attendance, as attendance expectations teach important lessons about accountability.

YES routinely conducts pre and post participant surveys to measure changes in self perception (on factors such as confidence) and to measure the development of specific skills, such as resume writing. Survey questions are also used to capture the youths' satisfaction with the program, staff and volunteers. In addition, surveys are conducted with parents, who are asked about their satisfaction with the program and about the impact they observe the program having on their child. Supervisors provide observation and evaluation feedback. 

YES also gathers and tracks information on the number of youth who return the following year, who participate in additional programming and the duration of their involvement. Other measures used by YES include capturing data on high school graduation rates, and college application and attendance rates.
Examples of Program Success 

Recent surveys demonstrate the positive impact Operation SnowSports and Outdoor Adventure programming has on youth.  

Highlights from Operation SnowSports and Outdoor Adventure programs in FY18 include: 
  • 87% of YES kids reported an increase in confidence in their ski or snowboard ability after participating in Operation SnowSports
  • 83% of YES youth reported improvement in their teamwork skills after Outdoor Adventure
  • 82% of parents saw an increase in their child's confidence after they participated in Outdoor Adventure

b. Tier 2 / Intermediate Experiences & Activities

Tier 2 / Intermediate Repeat Engagement Experiences – Goal is to give youth opportunities to build confidence, develop character, and increase their skills through in-depth, repeat engagement experiences and activities within the organization’s Operation SnowSports and Outdoor Adventure programs. Includes Operation SnowSports’ YETTI (Youth Excel Through Tailored Instruction), Cross Country Skiing, Mattapan Young Achievers, and Outdoor Adventure’s Week-Long Intensive and Track & Field programs.
Budget  $367,500.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Citizenship
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Minorities
Program Short-Term Success 

After engaging in YES's Tier 2 / Intermediate Operation SnowSports and Outdoor Adventure programming:

  • at least 90% of youth will increase confidence trying new activities
  • at least 90% will increase confidence in the outdoors
  • at least 85% will increase problem-solving skills
  • at least 95% will feel safe.
Program Long-Term Success 
Through repeat engagement in the YES Tier 2 programming, YES youth gain goal setting and problem solving skills; receive affirmative reinforcement for their healthy lifestyle choices; and grow in self-confidence through positive risk-taking while on the slopes, track, trails, and water. Repeat engagement with YES through its Tier 2 Intermediate activities leads to involvement with YES's Tier 3 volunteer and academic and career planning opportunities.
Program Success Monitored By 

YES utilizes a variety of tools to measure and monitor the success of its programs. YES has undergone training on outcomes measurement through a partnership with the Boston Youth Sports Initiative and has developed a web-based platform for capturing and reporting statistics and outcomes. YES staff tracks evaluation data and uses it to make program changes on an ongoing basis.

 
For all programs, participant demographics are collected, including sex, neighborhood of residence and race/ethnicity of participants so that YES can accurately determine who we are and are not reaching and how well we are serving our target population. Attendance is taken and monitored for all programs. YES has high expectations for consistent attendance, as attendance expectations teach important lessons about accountability.


YES routinely conducts pre and post participant surveys to measure changes in self perception (on factors such as confidence) and to measure the development of specific skills, such as resume writing. Survey questions are also used to capture the youths' satisfaction with the program, staff and volunteers. In addition, surveys are conducted with parents, who are asked about their satisfaction with the program and about the impact they observe the program having on their child. Supervisors provide observation and evaluation feedback.

YES also gathers and tracks information on the number of youth who return the following year, who participate in additional programming and the duration of their involvement. Other measures used by YES include capturing data on high school graduation rates, and college application and attendance rates.

Examples of Program Success 
A survey of youth who participated in YES Tier 2 / Intermediate programs in FY18 shows that:
  • 95% of youth in Track & Field felt healthier after the program
  • 85% of YETTI youth increased their problem-solving skills.
  • 82% of parents of youth enrolled in the Outdoor Adventure Week-Long Intensives saw an increase in their confidence

c. Tier 3 / High Impact Leadership Programs

Tier 3 / High Impact Leadership Programs – Goal is to create pathways to leadership for teens. Activities take place on-site at YES, in the outdoors, and in the community. These are high interaction programs requiring a year-long or seasonal commitment from youth. The following programs encompass the Tier 3 / High Impact YES Academy: Career Exploration, College Preparation, and the Leadership Corps.
Budget  315,000
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Leadership
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Minorities
Program Short-Term Success 

After engaging in YES's Tier 3 / High Impact YES Academy programming:

  • at least 75% of youth will report an increase in healthy lifestyle choices
  • at least 75% will report increased leadership skills
  • at least 95% will graduate high school on time
  • at least 95% will advance to the next grade level on time
  • at least 90% will develop/increase awareness of college opportunities
  • at least 80% will gain workforce readiness skills.
Program Long-Term Success 
The Tier 3 High Impact YES Academy teen leadership programs offer complex and compelling experiential learning opportunities that lay the foundation for Boston underserved youth to achieve greater success in school, work, and life. Teens and pre-teens are engaged physically, mentally and socially through sports-based activities, group mentoring, leadership workshops, and service learning. YES Academy programs are designed to raise awareness and give teens and pre-teens a jumpstart on planning for college; aspiring for careers in today's global economy; developing leadership skills; and understanding how their lifestyle and academic choices impact their future successes. 
Program Success Monitored By  YES utilizes a variety of tools to measure and monitor the success of its programs. YES has undergone training on outcomes measurement through a partnership with the Boston Youth Sports Initiative and has developed a web-based platform for capturing and reporting statistics and outcomes. YES staff tracks evaluation data and uses it to make program changes on an ongoing basis.


For all programs, participant demographics are collected, including sex, neighborhood of residence and race/ethnicity of participants so that YES can accurately determine who we are and are not reaching and how well we are serving our target population. Attendance is taken and monitored for all programs. YES has high expectations for consistent attendance, as attendance expectations teach important lessons about accountability.

YES routinely conducts pre and post participant surveys to measure changes in self perception (on factors such as confidence) and to measure the development of specific skills, such as resume writing. Survey questions are also used to capture the youths' satisfaction with the program, staff and volunteers. In addition, surveys are conducted with parents, who are asked about their satisfaction with the program and about the impact they observe the program having on their child. Supervisors provide observation and evaluation feedback.

YES also gathers and tracks information on the number of youth who return the following year, who participate in additional programming and the duration of their involvement. Other measures used by YES include capturing data on high school graduation rates, and college application and attendance rates.
Examples of Program Success 
FY18 YES Academy outcomes:
  • 100% of Career Exploration Outcomes Interns report the skills they learned with YES will help with future career and college goals
  • 95% of College Preparation teens increased their academic engagement
  • 90% of teens in the Leadership Corp's Downhill Ski track reported confidence in their leadership skills
  • 87% of high school students in the Career Exploration program can identify the types of jobs that will help in their career path. 

For the past seven years, 100% of YES Academy youth have advanced to the next grade level on time, graduated high school on time, and enrolled in college.


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr. Bryan Van Dorpe
CEO Term Start Oct 2008
CEO Email bvandorpe@yeskids.org
CEO Experience
Bryan Van Dorpe, Executive Director, joined YES in 2008 following the retirement of co-founder Mary Williams.  Prior to joining YES, Bryan worked at South Boston Neighborhood House for 24 years. As Executive Director there, he oversaw a decade of substantial growth including a budget that nearly doubled, a capital campaign and additional facilities, new programming initiatives, and expanded collaborations in response to community needs.  Bryan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA and a Master's degree in teaching from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Mrs. Mary Williams 2002 2008
Mr. Richard Williams 1968 2002

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Ms. Jamie Burch Director of Development & Marketing Jamie Burch, Director of Development & Marketing, has been with YES since 2011. She is a results-driven fundraising professional with 12 years of experience and is skilled at building development programs from the ground up and growing fundraising revenue. Jamie has expertise in development planning, donor cultivation and stewardship, and in small development shops. Jamie holds a Bachelor’s degree from Regis College in Weston, MA.
Ms. Shiona B. DeCarvalho Director of Impact and YES Academy
Shiona B. DeCarvalho, Director of Impact and YES Academy, joined YES in 2013 with experience working with youth in Mexico and Boston. Shiona is dedicated to serving the community and engaging youth with the larger world around them. 
 Shiona's background in program evaluation and measurement led to YES's increased efforts in outcomes measurements. Today, YES measures 10 outcomes across all programs, which has allowed YES to better demonstrate its impact on the community.
 
Before YES, Shiona spent several years educating young people about India and has taken over 20 students abroad. In the winter of 2013, she received the Boston Celtic’s A Hero Among Us Award for her efforts. Prior to joining YES, Shiona was the teen director for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston. She holds a Master's degree in Education Psychology from the University of Illinois. 
Ms. Hema Kailasam Finance Manager

Hema Kailasam, Finance Manager, recently joined YES. Hema began her career as an Investment Banker in New York City. Since returning to Boston, she has been working with small businesses to support their financial and administrative needs. Hema holds a Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies from Dartmouth College and Masters of Science in Finance from Boston College.

Ms. Laura Neubauer Director of Programs and Operations

Laura Neubauer, Director of Programs & Operations, joined YES in 2010 and has over 8 years of progressively increasing responsibility in youth development, teaching, and leadership development. Before working at YES, Laura was an Adjunct Instructor for the Theatre Department at Northeastern University, Bridgewater State University, and College of Southern Nevada. Laura holds a Master's degree in Playwriting from the University of Nevada - Las Vegas and a BFA from the University of Utah.

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
YES awarded a scholarship to attend the prestigious TECH Networks of Boston roundtable. Conference includes panel discussions and workshops related to data storytelling. TECH Networks of Boston Roundtable 2018
YES was invited to attend the nationally renowned Social Solutions Impact Summit.The organization is in the running to receive the Impact Award which is awarded annually to 3 nonprofit organizations Social Solutions Impact Summit 2018
2nd Place Winner - YES 12 and Under Running Team Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) Youth Relay 2015
Executive Director Bryan Van Dorpe was chosen to participate in a panel for sports safety with the Center for Sports in Society. Northeastern University 2015
Executive Director Bryan Van Dorpe was chosen to participate in a round table on youth development for the Boston 2024 committee Boston 2024 Olympics Committee 2015
YES was selected to be one of 31 non-profit charity partners for the 31 Nights of Lights The Prudential Center/ Boston --

Affiliations

Affiliation Year
American Camp Association - Member 2018
Associated Grant Makers 2018
USA Track and Field 2008
Massachusetts Nonprofit Network 2002
Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association Massachusetts Nonprofit Network

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

YES's more than 150 partnerships and collaborations are essential to all that YES does. YES collaborates with numerous youth-serving agencies across Boston to promote its youth development programs and connect with hard-to-reach constituencies. YES has also been deliberately growing its partnerships with the Boston Public Schools (BPS) to engage students in YES programming and to offer on-site programming at the schools.
 
YES has increased its outreach efforts through its Commmunity Outreach Coordinator. Outreach is conducted through the Boston Public Schools; charter schools; Boston Centers for Youth and Family; economic development corporations; Boston Police precincts; and community and youth service agencies like Boys and Girls Clubs, Citizens Schools, and YMCA/YWCAs. This past year, 60% of YES youth served were from YES's targeted communities: Mattapan, Dorchester, and Roxbury. 
 
In addition, sporting goods manufacturers and recreation areas annually donate $150,000 worth of in-kind gifts to YES. Donations include sporting equipment; athletic gear and clothing; outdoor space; ski/snowboard lessons; and lift tickets.  In-kind partners include: Blue Hills Ski Area, Charles River Canoe & Kayak, Killington/Pico Resort, Loon Mountain, Pats Peak Ski Area, Ski New Hampshire, South Boston Athletic Club, Sugarbush Resorts, Sugarloaf Mountain Resorts, Wachusett Mountain, and Waterville Valley. 
 
Other essential programming partners include: Adaptive Sports New England, the Boston Parks & Recreation Department, the Boston Public Schools, Charles River Canoe & Kayak, Danversport Yacht Club, The Highland Street Foundation's Youth Philanthropy Initiative, John Hancock's MLK Scholars and Marathon programs, the Mass Promise Fellowship, Metro Rock, Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, USA Track & Field of NE, and Wompatuck State Park. 
 

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 10
Number of Part Time Staff 3
Number of Volunteers 220
Number of Contract Staff 3
Staff Retention Rate % 85%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 9
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 9
Male: 4
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan No
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration No

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Governance


Board Chair Mr. Geoffrey Soper
Board Chair Company Affiliation Wealth Management Advisor, Merrill Lynch
Board Chair Term Dec 2016 - Dec 2019
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Arnesse Brown Tenants Development Corporation Voting
Ms. Candace Burns Dana Farber Institute Voting
Ms. Betsy Edwards Harvard Business School Voting
Mr. Marcus Evans Keville Enterprises Voting
Mr. David Fitzgerald CB Richard Ellis Voting
Mr. Derek Fowler Boston Fire Department Voting
Mr. David Gaw CMI Project Voting
Mr. Phillip Gross Adage Capital Management Voting
Mr. Mark McKenna Putnam Investments Voting
Ms. Wendi McKenna Community Volunteer Voting
Mr. Christopher Peabody Peabody Office Voting
Mr. Michael Preiner Harvard University Voting
Mr. Geoffrey Soper Merrill Lynch Voting
Mr. Biria St. John CB Richard Ellis Voting
Mr. Richard Ward Verge Philanthropy Partners Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Jonas Adler Devonshire Recruiting and Consulting Partners NonVoting
Mr. Ron Arigo Commonwealth of Massachusetts NonVoting
Mr. Luis Barbosa Law Offices of Donald Green NonVoting
Ms. Elizabeth Bartlett Natixis Global Asset Management NonVoting
Ms. Erika Butler City of Boston NonVoting
Mr. Matt Chisholm Cantina NonVoting
Ms. Celeste Daye John Hopkins Medicine International NonVoting
Ms. Kim Dukes Rivers DSP Executive Search NonVoting
Mr. Deniz Ferendici Dyer Brown NonVoting
Mr. Bob Gaudreau Leerink Swann NonVoting
Ms. Gena Gough Clinical Ink NonVoting
Ms. Alexis Greiner Citizens Bank NonVoting
Ms. Katie Haffenreffer Harvard Pilgrim NonVoting
Mr. Kevin Hicks KD Hicks Insurance NonVoting
Mr. Joe Hill Consultant NonVoting
Mr. Tom Karam Karbon Partners NonVoting
Mr. Brian Lash Target Logistics NonVoting
Mr. Ted Ligety Olympic Gold Medalist NonVoting
Ms. Andrea Martin Boston Public Schools NonVoting
Mr. Rashaun Martin Haverhill Public Schools NonVoting
Mr. Sam Richardson Goodwin's Real Estate Capital Markets NonVoting
Mr. Khari Roulhac Cristo Rey High School NonVoting
Mr. Ian Sanderson Boston Pharmaceuticals NonVoting
Mr. George Stathis Citi NonVoting
Mr. Brian Strachan Morgan Stanley NonVoting
Mr. Jess Williams Morgan Stanley NonVoting
Mr. Mark Williams Volvo NonVoting

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 11
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 4
Male: 11
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 30%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Board Governance
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Executive
  • Finance
  • Program / Program Planning

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $1,630,031 $1,549,060 $1,518,667
Total Expenses $1,541,884 $1,402,741 $1,545,258

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- $0 --
Individual Contributions $954,098 $869,866 $622,205
Indirect Public Support -- $0 --
Earned Revenue $124,681 $136,285 $144,080
Investment Income, Net of Losses $6,731 $2,553 $673
Membership Dues -- $0 --
Special Events $544,521 $540,356 $510,229
Revenue In-Kind -- -- $258,581
Other -- $0 $-17,101

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $1,076,992 $1,009,809 $1,135,346
Administration Expense $217,631 $145,892 $166,844
Fundraising Expense $247,261 $247,040 $243,068
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.06 1.10 0.98
Program Expense/Total Expenses 70% 72% 73%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 16% 18% 21%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $1,333,096 $1,242,603 $1,087,496
Current Assets $1,013,989 $851,310 $742,287
Long-Term Liabilities $431,393 $406,000 $406,000
Current Liabilities $50,803 $73,850 $65,062
Total Net Assets $850,900 $762,753 $616,434

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value $0.00
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund No
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose The purpose of the Capital Campaign will be to raise the funds for YES to make a move to its new headquarters. A larger headquarters will allow YES to serve more Boston youth each year. 
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 19.96 11.53 11.41

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 32% 33% 37%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

YES’s financials are in a very stable position, and the outlook is positive for short-term stability and long-term sustainability. YES’s strategic efforts to diversify the organization’s charitable funding streams are successfully underway. In addition to funding received from grants and foundations, YES also focuses on building its network of individual donors.

 Events play a significant role in building this network of donors. YES's Black Diamond Council, made up of 15 of YES's Board Members and supporters helped leverage their personal networks to make the 8th Annual Black Diamond Gala a success. The 2018 Gala brought in over $625,000 - nearly twice what YES's 2014 Gala brought in. Additionally, YES continues to expand its Young Professionals Committee - a committee which engages millenials through after-work events.
 
 

Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per the organization's IRS Form 990s for FY17 and FY16 and per the audited financials for FY15.  Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.

Impact

The Impact tab is a section on the Giving Common added in October 2013; as such the majority of nonprofits have not yet had the chance to complete this voluntary section. The purpose of the Impact section is to ask five deceptively simple questions that require reflection and promote communication about what really matters – results. The goal is to encourage strategic thinking about how a nonprofit will achieve its goals. The following Impact questions are being completed by nonprofits slowly, thoughtfully and at the right time for their respective organizations to ensure the most accurate information possible.


1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

YES’s ultimate goal is to provide transformative opportunities for Boston youth, ages 7 to 18, through challenging, active outdoor experiences embedded with leadership development programming. YES’s intended outcomes are that youth develop the experience, confidence and leadership skills needed to achieve, lead and excel in college, career, and life. YES facilitates social change by giving youth the tools and encouragement needed to change how they see themselves and others; to make value-driven decisions; and to interact positively with the world and all those they encounter.

YES’s strategic goals for the next five years (2016 – 2020) reinforce YES’s historical and current efforts to make lasting, meaningful change for underserved Boston youth. In particular, YES will be focusing on deepening the organization’s long term influence on youth by strengthening its high impact YES Academy programs; increasing emphasis on in-depth, repeat engagement with YES; and expanding its already robust efforts to secure the resources necessary to do so.
 
1,600 inner-city Boston youth come through YES's doors each year, curious and willing to take a risk: trying a new sport, like skiing or rock climbing; interacting with unfamiliar peers and adults from different backgrounds; or getting outside the city to the Berkshires or New Hampshire for the first time. Today, YES can proudly say that YES youth graduate high school, attend college, give back to their communities, and are ready to have successful careers and lives. Tomorrow, YES will point to community leaders, athletes and community role models and say, “They are a YES alum!"
 
 
 
 

2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

YES utilizes multiple broad complementary strategies.

  • Promote regular outdoor physical activity. YES inspires youth to get outside and get moving all year-round, through downhill and cross country skiing, snowboarding, track & field, rock climbing, kayaking, and biking. The Centers for Disease Control clearly outlines the benefits of being physically active, which include reducing the risk of obesity and diabetes, for which the YES target population is at risk (Health of Boston Report, 2013). YES youth routinely continue to exercise regularly.
  • Foster meaningful relationships. Because of the high numbers of adult staff and volunteers involved in program delivery, YES is able to foster the development of consistent, positive, trusting relationships between youth and supportive adult staff and volunteers. Relationships with caring adults are widely recognized as being essential for youth to achieve their full potential. YES youth unfailingly say that they feel supported by their coaches and have positive interactions with adult staff and volunteers.
  • Model positive social values. The YES culture reinforces positive social norms and builds improved social skills by recognizing good sportsmanship and rewarding resiliency; by setting the example that everyone in the group is valued and their participation matters; and by practicing accountability in terms of rules of behavior towards each other, their coaches and others they encounter while on the trails, mountain, water and in the community. Promotion of pro-social norms is considered to by the Institute of Medicine to be an essential feature of effective youth development programs. YES youth consistently make healthier lifestyle choices and improve their academic efforts.
  • Opportunities for skills building.  In addition to teaching sport-specific skills, YES helps youth build the personal skills of goal setting and problem-solving. YES provides youth the chance to set and pursue their own goals, build on their existing strengths, and take the lead on working through challenges individually and as a group. Research clearly indicates that such skills are essential for positive youth development. YES youth consistently increase their problem-solving and goal setting skills. YES also teaches leadership, college-and-workforce readiness skills. Youth gain the tools and practical experiences needed to succeed in school, work and life through workshops, job shadowing, college tours, and one-on-one assistance. For the past seven years, 100% of the youth in the YES Academy have advanced to the next grade level and graduated high school on time and enrolled in college.
  • Facilitate Access & Inclusion.  Low-income youth and youth of color are faced with inadequate access to quality educational and workforce development opportunities and limited meaningful out-of-school programs, with less than half having access to such programs (Boston Indicators Report, 2012). By keeping programs low-to-no cost, YES offers youth opportunities that most would not otherwise have. 
  • Provide physical and psychological safety. Many YES youth live in high crime areas, so it is essential that they feel safe when they are with YES. Practices and activities are held at high quality and well managed facilities, using quality equipment and developmentally appropriate training from certified coaches. Emotional safety is promoted by focusing on the overall well-being of the child and from utilizing a positive risk taking approach: encouraging youth to try something new that they might not be initially good at, and supporting them to keep trying. Literature supports the importance of safety and YES has an excellent record on this measure, with youth routinely reporting feeling safe with YES.

3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?

YES has the necessary experienced staff, robust development efforts, strong community partnerships and well-developed volunteer infrastructure.

Senior Leadership:

Bryan Van Dorpe, Executive Director, joined YES in 2008. Prior to joining YES, he worked at South Boston Neighborhood House for 24 years. As Executive Director there, he oversaw a decade of substantial growth including a budget that nearly doubled, a capital campaign and additional facilities, new programming initiatives and expanded collaborations. Jamie Burch, Director of Development, has been with YES since 2011. She is a results-driven fundraising professional with 15 years of experience and is skilled at building development programs from the ground up and growing fundraising revenue. Jamie has expertise in development planning, donor cultivation and stewardship and in small development shops. Shiona DeCarvalho, Director of Impact and YES Academy, joined YES in 2013 with experience working with youth in Mexico and Boston. She has spent several years educating young people about India, taking students abroad and received the Boston Celtic’s A Hero Among Us Award for her efforts. Prior to joining YES Shiona was the teen director for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston. With a background in program development and measurements, Shiona expanded YES's efforts in measuring outcomes for all of its programs. Laura Neubauer, Director of Programs & Operations, joined YES in 2010 and has over 8 years of progressively increasing responsibility in youth development, teaching, and leadership development. Before working at YES, Laura was an Adjunct Instructor for the Theatre Department at Northeastern University, Bridgewater State University, and College of Southern Nevada. Laura holds a Master's degree in Playwriting from the University of Nevada - Las Vegas and a BFA from the University of Utah. Hema Kailasam, Finance Manager, joined YES in 2018. Hema began her career as an Investment Banker in New York City. Since returning to Boston, she has been working with small businesses to support their financial and administrative needs. Hema holds a Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies from Dartmouth College and Masters of Science in Finance from Boston College.

Development Capacity:

YES is prioritizing donor relationships and the establishment of a major gifts program. The Black Diamond Council, which is made up of 15 influential leaders in the YES community, leveraged their personal networks and helped to raise over $625,000 through YES's 8th Annual Black Diamond Gala.

The YES 2018 Black Diamond Gala brought in more than $625,000 - nearly double what it raised in 2014. The YES Young Professionals Committee, which plans quarterly after-work social networking events to engage millennials in philanthropy, is continuing to grow in effectiveness, as does YES's Alumni Circle which is chaired by YES Trustee, Mark Williams - the son of YES's founder.

Community Partnerships:

The ability to successfully collaborate is one of YES’s greatest strengths. YES partners with more than 150 organizations.

For the Operation SnowSports, YES partners with many mountains, including Blue Hills Ski Area, Ski Butternut, Cranmore Mountain Resort, Jiminy Peak, Killington Mountain, Loon Mountain, Nashoba Mountain, Pat's Peak, Pico Mountain, Sugarbush Mountain, Sugarloaf Mountain, Wachusett Mountain, and Waterville Valley Ski Resort.

For the Outdoor Adventure Programs, YES partners widely with Massachusetts Department of Parks and Recreation to access the harbor islands in Boston as well as to access outdoors activities in the Berkshires. YES partners with SONAS Stand-up Paddle Boarding, Carson Beach, Quincy Quarries Rock Climbing, Charles River Canoe & Kayak, USA Track & Field, Boston Parks Department, AMC Beartown Forest, Greater Boston Trout Unlimited, Womputuck State Park, and many others.

The four-season Track & Field program at YES partners with Boston English High School, the Boston Parks Department, the Boston Athletic Association, USA Track & Field-New England, the Massachusetts Track and Field Officials Association, and Blackstone Community Center.

Job shadowing takes place at partners including Cantina, Citi, and Putnam Investments. YES works with a large variety of organizations to connect with youth, including the YMCA, Boys & Girls Clubs, and Boston Public Housing.

Volunteers:

The 200+ adult volunteers are essential to YES’s ability to fulfill its mission.Volunteers are instructors and coaches; provide mentorship, job shadowing, speak at panels, and lead workshops. Volunteering is a major part of the YES culture: they increase capacity and model this value for YES youth.


4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?

YES’s goal is to gain a comprehensive picture of the youth being served and the positive changes that can be directly attributed to their involvement in YES programs, including changes in self-perception, development of specific skills, related improvement in school, and overall satisfaction with the program. To do this, YES conducts pre and post-surveys with youth in all programs, using both traditional “paper and pencil” surveys and web-based surveys. Data is also gathered from registration forms and school documents. Anecdotal testimonies are gathered through reflection journaling and youth interviews. In addition, surveys are conducted with parents who are asked about their satisfaction with the program and about the impact they observe the program having on their child. Supervisors provide observation and evaluation feedback. The numbers of returning youth, high school graduates and college enrollees are also documented.

All surveys encourage the respondent to add in their own comments so YES can hear what’s working or not working well about the program. For example, feedback from youth in Operation SnowSports directly factored into YES's decision to continue building out its YETTI (Youth Excel Through Tailored Instruction) program. YETTI gives youth the opportunity to ski or snowboard four times throughout the winter with the same group of youth and instructor. By offering two tracks of the program, youth have a greater opportunity to participate in the program.

Success is defined and measured against established outcome objectives for each program, which are intended to measure the program’s positive influence on health and development, including making better lifestyle and academic choices, as well as the development of skills. Evaluation results are shared with program staff and the organization’s leaders, including the Program Committee of the Board of Directors. YES routinely incorporates the lessons learned from its evaluation efforts to refine its programs and approach to service delivery. For example, attendance-taking alerts staff to any youth who might be struggling and provides insight into which activities are the most and least popular and why.

A sample of FY18 outcomes demonstrate the positive impact YES has on youth. YES is especially proud to say that for the past seven years, 100% of youth in the YES Academy have graduated high school on time and enrolled in college.

FY17 Outcomes: 

Program

Outcome Measure

FY17

Operation Snowsports

INCREASED CONFIDENCE IN TRYING NEW THINGS

89%

Operation SnowSports - Cross-Country Ski Program

FELT MORE CONFIDENT IN OVERCOMING A CHALLENGE

74%

Outdoor Adventure - Track & Field Program

REPORTED FEELING STRONGER AND HEALTHIER AFTER THE PROGRAM

74%

Outdoor Adventure - Week-long Sessions          

REPORTED TRYING SOMETHING NEW AND CHALLENGING

79%

YES Academy (Leadership Corps, Career Exploration, College Preparation programs)

GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL AND ENROLLED IN COLLEGE

100%

Career Exploration - Outcomes Internship Program   

REPORTED THE SKILLS THEY LEARNED WILL HELP WITH FUTURE COLLEGE AND CAREER GOALS

100%

Career Exploration

CAN IDENTIFY THE TYPES OF JOBS THAT WILL HELP IN THEIR CAREER PATH

87%

Leadership Corps

REPORTED LEARNING SOMETHING NEW AT YES  80%

Leadership Corps - Downhill track

REPORTED FEELING CONFIDENT IN THEIR LEADERSHIP SKILLS

90%



5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?

Over the past two years, YES has been focused on achieving its strategic goals as outlined in the 2016 - 2020 Strategic Plan. By 2020, YES aims to: integrate college, career, and life readiness elements in all outdoor programming; double the number of youth served in Tiers 2 and 3; and undertake a capital campaign to secure a new facility.

To that end, YES adapted its Leadership Curriculum in 2018 by merging its former stand-alone Tier 3 Career Exploration and College Prep programs into the existing Tier 3 Leadership Corps. YES will offer three Leadership Corps concentrations: leadership development, college preparation, and career readiness. Teens ages 13-18 can enroll in all three. Tier 3 classes will no longer be offered off-site as less than 5% of youth served off-site further engaged with YES. The goals for all three concentrations are that teens will develop transferable career/college/leadership skills.

The revised Leadership Corps model will result in an increase in the number of youth engaged with YES over time. In 2018, YES engaged over 1,000 youth in Tiers 2 and 3 (an estimated 800 youth in Tier 2 and an estimated 200 teens in Tier 3). Due to space constraints, growth of these numbers are limited. YES aspires to continue growing this number in future years

Ultimately, YES’s development and capacity-building strategies, combined with a new facility, will enable YES to serve more youth at its headquarters and spur even more growth.