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Youth and Family Enrichment Services

 1234 Hyde Park Avenue, Suite 104
 Hyde Park, MA 02136
[P] (617) 3640370
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Nesly Metayer
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EIN 05-0588064

LAST UPDATED: 12/07/2018
Organization DBA Youth and Family Enrichment Services, Inc.
Youth and Family Enrichment Services
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Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No



Mission StatementMORE »

The mission of Youth and Family Enrichment Services (YoFES) is to build strong families that can raise healthy children in the face of poverty, social inequity, and cultural transition. We do this by providing for urban youth access to academic support and enrichment, health promotion programs, and music education; engaging youth as leaders; and helping parents understand and support their children. While the majority of staff and program participants are Haitian, we welcome youth from all ethnicities with a focus on immigrants and minorities.


Mission Statement

The mission of Youth and Family Enrichment Services (YoFES) is to build strong families that can raise healthy children in the face of poverty, social inequity, and cultural transition. We do this by providing for urban youth access to academic support and enrichment, health promotion programs, and music education; engaging youth as leaders; and helping parents understand and support their children. While the majority of staff and program participants are Haitian, we welcome youth from all ethnicities with a focus on immigrants and minorities.


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2016 to Dec 31, 2016
Projected Income $587,235.00
Projected Expense $578,966.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Haitian American Responsible Teens (HART)
  • Haitian Health Career Leadership Seminar
  • Open Access to Music Education for Children (OAMEC)
  • Parenting Education
  • Youth Builders After School and Summer Program

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Mission Statement

The mission of Youth and Family Enrichment Services (YoFES) is to build strong families that can raise healthy children in the face of poverty, social inequity, and cultural transition. We do this by providing for urban youth access to academic support and enrichment, health promotion programs, and music education; engaging youth as leaders; and helping parents understand and support their children. While the majority of staff and program participants are Haitian, we welcome youth from all ethnicities with a focus on immigrants and minorities.


Background Statement

YOFES was founded by Nicole Prudent, MD, MPH, a Haitian-born pediatrician and health educator at Boston Medical Center.  YOFES is affiliated with BMC's Haitian Health Institute, which researches community needs, identifies service gaps, and evaluates programs.

YOFES became tax-exempt and began operations in 2004.  The health and non-health aspects of our programs are closely integrated, both because that is the best way to attract youth and family involvement and because we take a holistic approach to youth health and development.

YOFES Milestones

1. In a few years, YOFES has developed an active board; outstanding programs; solid fiscal, administrative, grants, and personnel systems; strong staff leadership; and exceptional partnerships.

2. Partnerships are strong, e.g. the Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Food Bank, ReadBoston, US Office of Women’s Health, and many churches and other Haitian groups.

3. Two partnerships are noteworthy: (A) YOFES and Boston Medical Center complement each other:  YOFES offers access to the community and to grass-roots resources, while BMC offers medical and research expertise.  (B) YOFES works closely with the Boston Public Schools in multiple ways, especially with the English Language Learner division and with the Boston Newcomers Academy.

4. YOFES is a leader in the Haitian community and has helped launch organizations such as the Boston Haitian-American Parents Association, Mattapan Coalition for Food and Fitness, and Haitian Mental Health Network.

5. Our programs are innovative and powerful models.  Each uses peer support (trained youth who teach and mentor others); relies on partnerships; applies awareness of cultural identity and customs; and helps youth learn and grow in lasting ways.

Haitian Youth

Haitian youth face challenges:  misunderstanding and isolation in school; poor communication between parents and schools, and a shortage of bilingual or other personnel who understand the culture.  Many are placed a grade or more behind their potential or languish quietly in inappropriate programs.  Outside school, they are often alienated from non-Haitian peers and from parents who are slower to acculturate.

Following the 2010 earthquake, we’ve witnessed a huge influx of children and youth to Boston. Many are sent to live with distant friends or relatives who may not be willing or able to care for them. We’ve learned that coping with trauma is a long-term challenge that did not go away after the immediate impact.

Impact Statement

2013 Accomplishments:

1. In 2013, Youth Builders served 110 middle school and high school youth in the winter-spring part of the school year, the same number in the fall part of the school year, and 210 elementary, middle school, and high school students in the summer program. With modest overlap between seasons, we served 280 unduplicated participants, an all-time high, due to increased demands for the program by families and by the Boston Public Schools.


2. OAMEC, our music program, served record numbers of children and youth:  a total of 360 unduplicated participants in our year-round music program and in our summer and school-year Youth Builders programs. We also expanded our in-school music instruction program for students at the Boston Newcomers Academy.

3. YOFES successfully conducted its third year of the HART program (Haitian American Responsible Teens), which educates high school students around sexuality and nutrition.

4. We expanded employment of college- and high school-age Youth Educators and Youth Leaders.  They teach, mentor, and supervise younger students in all of our programs, while they themselves learn and mature in the process.

5. We expanded partnerships with the Boston Public Schools and Boston Medical Center.  We initiated or expanded partnerships with the Haitian Mental Health Network, the Steppingstone Foundation, several music institutions, and many grass-roots organizations.

Current Goals:

1. Expand the quality, depth, and individualization of instruction in OAMEC and Youth Builders.

2. Expand participant progress monitoring and tracking in Youth Builders, OAMEC, and other programs.

3. Develop our College Pipeline program to help high school participants to aspire to, plan for, and gain access to higher education.

4. Plan and develop additional career preparation, training, and placement programs.

5. Begin to plan and raise funds for acquisition, renovation, and relocation to a new YOFES facility.

Needs Statement

YOFES is a big dream with a humble beginning. We have grown and are still growing rapidly to keep up with the growing size and needs of Boston’s Haitian community.  Here are our top organizational needs:

1. We need a new home. We will need to locate a building in the community and initiate a capital campaign in the next 18 months in order to purchase and renovate this new facility.

2. We need to hire a Development Coordinator to expand grants, contracts, and donations to maintain and expand our programs.  We are already aggressively pursuing public and private funding, but need to step up our efforts and, especially, in obtaining large and small donations from supportive individuals.

3. We need to hire a Volunteer Coordinator; various volunteers, from both within and outside the Haitian community, are critical to making our programs both effective and cost-efficient.

4. We especially need to raise unrestricted contributions to strengthen the organization.  Grants that are restricted to specific programs or objectives are important, but need to be complemented by flexible funds.

5. Programmatically, we need to expand programming to motivate, train, and support young people’s career and college aspirations.

CEO Statement


Board Chair Statement


Geographic Area Served

City of Boston- Citywide (Indiv. neighborhoods also listed)
City of Boston- Jamaica Plain
City of Boston- Mattapan
City of Boston- Hyde Park
City of Boston- South Dorchester
City of Boston- North Dorchester
City of Boston- Roxbury

With a current population of about 70-80,000, Haitians are Greater Boston’s fastest growing immigrant community. YOFES’s main focus is on the city of Boston; Haitians are the second largest immigrant group in the city, accounting for 8.5% of the population.

In 2013, 31% of Youth Builders participants were from Mattapan, 29% from Hyde Park, 20% from Dorchester, and the rest from Roslindale, Jamaica Plain, and Roxbury.  Our other programs have similar profiles.

Organization Categories

  1. Youth Development - Youth Centers and Clubs (includes Boys/Girls Clubs)- Multipurpose
  2. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Music
  3. Education - Educational Services

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

Under Development


Haitian American Responsible Teens (HART)

YOFES embarked on its second year of implementing the HART (Haitian American Responsible Teens) program. The program provides comprehensive prevention education (sexuality and nutrition) to high school students. With the relentless efforts of our well-trained health educators, YOFES is able to engage High school youth, within the Greater Boston, to make prevention their priority as they prepare for their future. Our collaboration with school teachers is vital to the success of the program. It is because of their support that the program is now being implemented in Boston Tech Academy, Community Academy of Science and Health (CASH), Newcomers Academy, West Roxbury High school, all 4 in Dorchester, Malden High school, Everett High School, Cambridge Ringe and Latin High School, and Randolph High school. Participants receive a stipend, but more importantly, they contribute to a much needed research on Haitian teens, at the same time they learn to protect their good health.
Budget  $280,000.00
Category  Medical Research, General/Other Sexually Transmitted Diseases Research
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) At-Risk Populations Families
Program Short-Term Success 
Better negotiation skills
Good understanding of body parts
good exposure to sexual education 
Cultivate better relationships 
Program Long-Term Success 
Participants will develop better and stronger relationships with others
They will exhibit positive behaviors
They will succeed in school 
Program Success Monitored By 
Pre and post test 
6 months follow up 
Examples of Program Success  Student Jean decided not to pursue a relationship that he was involved in due the new knowledge he acquired in the program.

Haitian Health Career Leadership Seminar

YOFES works with the Haitian Health Institute to conduct the annual Haitian Health Career Leadership Conference, which is an annual event that has been conducted by HHI since 2001 and annually since 2003.  Local college and gradate students also assist with planning.  The conference is intended for high school and college aged students.  We work with guidance counselors in the Boston Public School system to publicize the conference and identify Haitian students who are interested in attending the conference.  Recruitment of college students is conducted via the numerous student organizations on the BMC (Boston Medical Center) medical campus.  The majority of students recruited through this method have expressed interest in pursuing health and health related careers.  

Budget  $15,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
Population Served Minorities College Aged (18-26 years) At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success 
Increased level of interest of students in pursuing a health career 
New mentor for students who attend the conference 
Program Long-Term Success 

The goals of the conference are to:

1)      Develop leadership and social engagement among Haitian-American youth interested in health careers.

2)      Increase youth awareness about health issues affecting Haitians in Haiti and in the US.

3)      Provide opportunities for young people to network and be mentored by adult role models who have overcome the challenges of poverty and immigration to become successful professionals in the field of health. 

Program Success Monitored By 
How many students show interest in a health career field
How many students are paired with a mentor
How many students are doing better in school 
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Open Access to Music Education for Children (OAMEC)

The program started as an effort to reach out to children who were losing a parent to a terminal illness or living with parents who have chronic disease, especially HIV, which is widespread in the Haitian community.  Many of these children were living with fear and grief because of the sudden or progressive physical or psychological loss of their parents.  They missed having healthy parents to engage in creative activities with them.

OAMEC was kept anonymous for several years to protect the confidentiality of the early participants.  A few years ago, we expanded the program to include a broader target population, including a majority who are at high risk in some way, with special attention still paid to children who have lost parents to disease or who live with chronically ill parents.  The change avoids the need for anonymity, overcomes isolation and stigmatization, and fosters a more diverse social environment, with lots of peer support.OAMEC’s goal is to provide music education as a means of self-expression for youth who are at risk and/or face health or socioeconomic hardships in their families.  The program was originally exclusively for children of HIV victims and still serves some such children, but has broadened its target population
Budget  250,000
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Cultural Heritage
Population Served At-Risk Populations Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Families
Program Short-Term Success 

.    To offer at least 125 of these children daily, year-round, progressive music instruction at our Hyde Park facility.  About 90 of them will receive violin instruction and 35 will receive piano instruction.

3.  To offer violin instruction to an additional 40

To monitor the personal and family needs of at-risk participants and to intervene as appropriate through brief counseling, advocacy, and referral to a broad range of supportive services.

participants in our after-school program.

4.  To hold 3-5 participant performances each year, playing for parents and other community members at local schools or music institutions such as Berklee College or the New England Conservatory.

5.  To periodically take students to Boston Symphony or other performances and to involve parents and other caregivers to join us as well so they can support their children.

Program Long-Term Success 

To create a network of mutual support and creativity, foster asset-building and acquisition of new skills, and provide exposure to the world-at-large.

  To make the voices of youth more audible by providing them with skills and new knowledge to help them develop their sense of creativity.

  To offer opportunities for youth productivity, resilience, and contribution to cultural life and events in their community.

  To create a safe place where marginalized children can find support by establishing contact with mature, healthy adults who can mentor them.

  To get at least 70% of participants to attend the program regularly.

  To ensure that the majority of participants progress in their mastery of skills, generally one week for each child to master each particular skill level and to move to the next one.

Program Success Monitored By 
Students progress through their participation in quarterly recitals.
Consistency with attendance and practice
Maintaining practice log 
Examples of Program Success  Student "Peter" was so timid when joining the program.  He would not talk to anyone and refuse to practice.  We took Peter to a concert at the Symphony Orchestra and gave him the opportunity to speak directly with some of the performers.  Since then, Peter takes his instrument very seriously and is now among our best students.

Parenting Education

YOFES offers parenting education that support and help parents understand the developmental stages of adolescence.  These workshops teach parents how to better communicate with youth and support them through an often difficult developmental cycle.  The goal of the Parent Education program is to help parents and youth better communicate and engage with one another. In addition to this program, we offer the following services often free of charge to low to moderate families.

Traditional Haitian society has an authoritarian nature, especially regarding parent-child relationships; a minimum of parent-child communication is the norm, with little negotiation or information-sharing with children.  Children and adolescents are expected to follow rules that are sometimes not appropriate for their developmental stage.  

Budget  $30,000.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Adults Families At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success 
Encourage parents to attend regular workshops
To facilitate positive communication between parents and children
To strengthen relationship between parents and children 
Program Long-Term Success 

  To provide parents with skills and resources that will contribute to the well being of their families.   To help parents and youth better communicate and engage with one another.

Program Success Monitored By 
We use the following to track success
Attendance sheet
Levels of participation 
Pre and Post Test
Behavior change
Success stories 
Examples of Program Success  Parent "Charles" came from Haiti not too long ago with his two children.  Charles became overly upset with his children behavior not reflecting the values they used to have when living in Haiti.  The family become very dysfunctional where Charles does not communicate with his children.  After convincing Charles to attend our workshops, he became more receptive to the idea of changing his attitude toward his children.  He and his children attended on of our workshops and decided to stand up and share their testimony with the group.  For the first time, the family was able to sit together in one place and hold each other's hands.   Both parent and children do understand each  other better and are working toward a better and stronger family.

Youth Builders After School and Summer Program


The goal of Youth Builders (YB) is to help at-risk, newcomer Haitian children and youth to develop skills, attitudes, and support systems to succeed in school, health, relationships, and long-term outlook.

The heart of YB is a five day a week after-school program held at a Mattapan church for 40 middle schoolers and at the Boston Newcomers Academy public school for 60 high schoolers. It offers English learning, homework help and academic skill-building, health education, recreation, cultural awareness, community service, and nutritious snacks. We also offer a six-week, five day a week summer program for 105 high school youth, 60 middle school youth, and 35 upper elementary school children.

YB uniquely offers: mobilizing peers, adults, and older youth to spur achievement; group discussions on many topics (e.g. substance abuse, ethnic pride); parent education and support; and help for families to navigate the education system and access critical resources.


Budget  $202,175.00
Category  Education, General/Other Afterschool Enrichment
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees College Aged (18-26 years)
Program Short-Term Success 
By the end of the program, 80% of participants will receive a better grade in Math and English.
90% of participants will engage in new enrichment activities (dance, martial arts,  music, arts).
Program Long-Term Success 
80% of participants will master the basic skills necessary to successfully attend a  two of four year college and graduate.
All participants will engage in positive behaviors to become responsible citizens.
Program Success Monitored By  Attendance sheet, completion of program/homework sheets, level of participation, report cards, graduation rates, behavior changes are among the tools we use to track success of the program.
Examples of Program Success 

In 2012, 80% of limited English proficiency students were able to write correct sentences using proper grammar and punctuation and showed major improvement on the final reading comprehension test.

Pre- and post-tests showed that participants attending Youth Builders on a regular basis increased vocabulary by 40% and were better able to communicate with peers and teachers.

Marie (not her real name) came from Haiti after the earthquake with no friends and no immediate relatives. Marie is always sad and does not feel that life is worth living. A Boston Public Schools teacher suggested enrolling her in Youth Builders Summer Program. After the six weeks, Marie had a full network of friends and tutors who are willing to help her. Life has taken on a new meaning for Marie: she is now ready to graduate in May and will attend college.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

The Earthquake Impact - The devastating January, 2010 earthquake in Haiti brought an influx of children and youth to Boston, the US’s third largest Haitian community. Many are unaccompanied by parents, in some cases sent to live with distant relatives or acquaintances who may or may not be equipped or willing to supervise and support them for the long term. All of them face great trauma. Even three years out, we continue to feel the devastating effects of the earthquake on Boston’s Haitian community, including an epidemic of post-traumatic stress disorder(PTSD), and we now know that our trauma work will continue for many years.

Many Youth Builders and OAMEC participants are newly arrived earthquake survivors. Many more have been affected by the earthquake, by losing parents or other close relatives or by being uprooted and dislocated. YOFES programs are key resources in helping to stabilize these traumatized children and youth, providing counseling and other fundamental helping services, and assisting them to adjust to American culture and schooling.

In some disasters, the younger the survivor, the greater the trauma. That was true in many ways for the Haitian earthquake, yet in some ways adolescents faced the heaviest burdens, because there were fewer people willing and able to step up and take care of them than for younger children. Many adolescents have truly had to fend for themselves, often in a foreign land and culture.

Funding - Securing adequate funding is a challenge for most grass-roots non-profit organizations in the current recession, especially for organizations involved in serving economically disadvantaged, underserved populations. Our challenge is even greater, as the Youth Builders program has expanded rapidly in response to the new wave of post-earthquake newcomers and in response to requests from the Newcomers Academy and other Boston Public Schools programs.


CEO/Executive Director Dr. Nesly Metayer
CEO Term Start Mar 2016
CEO Email
CEO Experience

Dr. Nesly Metayer is an accomplished manager, with deep experience in strategic management, organizational capacity-building, program implementation and creating partnerships with local communities, public and private foundations and government agencies. He has served in leadership positions at Tufts University, the Center for Public Management at Suffolk University, the Center for Community Health, Education & Research and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Haiti, and a Doctorate in Administration from the University of Paris-Sorbonne, and has been awarded several other degrees and fellowships.

Metayer has strong connections with the Haitian Community in Boston as chair of Haitian-Americans United and as a volunteer at grassroots Haitian organizations. He also remains involved with Haiti, providing consultation to the State University of Haiti, grassroots groups and local government.

Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Dr. Nicole Prudent Apr 2003 Mar 2016

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Ms. Chantal Firmin After School & Summer Program Coordinator --
Mr. Kyung-Nam Oh Artistic Director --
Dr. Joel Piton Health Program Coordinator --
Mr. Wilson Simeon Parent Liaison --


Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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• Boston Medical Center - We partner with BMC’s Haitian Health Institute on the HART program, Haitian Health Career Leadership Conference, other health careers programming, and needs assessment.

• Boston Public Schools - The BPS Office of English Language Learners, Boston Newcomers Academy, Boston Adult Technical Academy, and other schools help plan programs and refer BPS students to YOFES services.  Various schools have hosted our Youth Builders programs.  OAMEC offers in-school music instruction in partnership with the Newcomers Academy.

• Other city agencies, e.g. Boston Centers for Youth & Families, Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness.

• OAMEC partners include Suzuki Institute of Boston, Johnson String Instruments, Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory, and Boston City Singers.

• Haitian Mental Health Network.

• Other Haitian groups, e.g. Haitian Multi-Service Center; Haitian American Public Health Initiative; Boston Haitian-American Parents Association; Center for Community Health, Education, Research and Service.

• Church of the Holy Spirit in Mattapan, long-time site of our middle school Youth Builders program.  We work with many other churches as well.

• Other - Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition, ReadBoston, Boston Food Bank.


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 5
Number of Part Time Staff 8
Number of Volunteers 38
Number of Contract Staff 50
Staff Retention Rate % 80%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 44
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 8
Caucasian: 8
Hispanic/Latino: 4
Native American/American Indian: 1
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 28
Male: 35
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy --
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Exempt
State Registration Exempt

Risk Management Provisions


Reporting and Evaluations

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


Board Chair Mr. Jean Lionel Lucien
Board Chair Company Affiliation Mass. Dept. of Transportation
Board Chair Term Mar 2015 - Feb 2019
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Bernadette Cantave Catholic Charity Voting
Ms. Ruth Gorges City of Boston Voting
Mr. Nicholas Harvey Mass Dept of Transportation Voting
Mr. Stephen Von Lichtenberg Accountant/Small business owner Voting
Mr. Jean Lionel Lucien Mass. Dept of Transportation Voting
Mr. Wendel Mirbel student --
Mr. Jeffrey Stone Mass Health Council 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
Dr. Gabrielle Bercy -- --
Dr. Immacula Cantave -- NonVoting
Dr. Michelle David -- --
Mrs. Edna Etienne community volunteer NonVoting
Mr. Henry Milorin community volunteer NonVoting
Mr. David Palombo -- --
Mr. Bill Walczak -- --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 5
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 3
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 2
Male: 5
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 4
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Under Development
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Board Development / Board Orientation

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

To see a captivating smile on the face of a healthy and intelligent child as he or she bows the violin is invigorating. To see a child become perceptive and experimental, and to be part of his or her success is gratifying. To see children succeed in school and reach their dreams is hopeful. To see not one, or two, but many talented young boys and girls working towards achieving their dreams  is to appreciate the raison d’être of YoFES. For almost a decade Haitian young men and women have come to YoFES to gain competence and control over their lives and their environment. They leave their homes in Dorchester, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Roxbury, seeing engagement with the wider world. They want to be part of it.  . They have seen their parents struggle with a complicated world which may be unfamiliar and intimidating.  Yet, when asked what they desire most, they often reply “to become a nurse, an engineer, a pilot, a lawyer, a dentist”. One ten-year old child put it simply: “I want to buy my parents a house.” This is the reason we created YOFES: to give children hope, and to show them Yes! they can have dreams and achieve them.

We had heard enough of heartbreaking stories-of their parents leaving Haiti, some in haste, without a cent and with no education. They could utter not a single word of English, and most had no transferable skills. They faced monumental challenges, including the culture shock engendered in moving from the poorest nation in the hemisphere to the richest.  Because they were unskilled, the most they could achieve were the poverty-level wages paid to unskilled. Because they did not have enough money, they could not afford health insurance. They tended their aches and those of their children with bush teas, as their parents had for them, but could no longer reach for  the leaves in their back yard.  Because many of them did not have the luxury of formal education, they could not help their children with homework, and often missed parent-teachers meetings, for fear of being humiliated because of their deficient schooling. The intergenerational gaps grew so wide that many youth started falling into the cracks, to prison and deportation. 

It remained our obligation and privilege  to create a sanctuary for new Haitian immigrant families with children. At the core of our formation, we targeted the children. We cried with many parents. We saw in their sad faces the many challenges they were facing, both socially and academically. But beyond the uncertainties of the newcomer reality, we also saw deep curiosity, and strong determination to learn and to succeed. We were eager to tap into their ideals, their positive energy, and their good will to help empower them. That was the inspiration behind  the creation of Youth and Family Enrichment Services (YOFES)  in 2003, and this inspiration remains as compelling today. To hear parents heartfelt praise of YOFES’ after-school tutoring, its health and nutrition education,  its peer leadership programs, is our greatest reward. And to hear them say thank you, my daughter was accepted to college, feels like a blessing. These comments continue to fuel our own dreams.

Through its varied programs YoFES creates opportunities for youth to acquire diverse skills and develop critical thinking, while at the same time celebrating their elders, respecting their family traditions, and remembering their country of origin.  Young people  organize cultural events for their community.  We represent them when talking with health departments officials, school committees, public or private foundations, social services and federal agencies. We are determined to promote the empowerment of those who might otherwise be silent, hidden from the larger society, perhaps struggling with disabilities in addition to grappling with the challenges of poverty in what for them is a strange and unfamiliar landscape.

Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2016 to Dec 31, 2016
Projected Income $587,235.00
Projected Expense $578,966.00
Form 990s

2014 990

2013 990

2012 990

2011 990

2010 990

2009 990

Audit Documents

2014 Audited Financials

2013 Audited Financials

2012 Audited Financials

2011 Audited Financials

2010 Review

2009 Compilation

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Revenue $1,026,823 $965,647 $960,869
Total Expenses $879,693 $823,368 $896,078

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- -- $209,700
Government Contributions $966,210 $905,521 $639,616
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $966,210 $905,521 $639,616
Individual Contributions $276,922 -- $62,988
Indirect Public Support $0 -- --
Earned Revenue $59,773 $57,686 $47,134
Investment Income, Net of Losses $0 -- --
Membership Dues $0 -- --
Special Events $0 -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $840 $2,440 $1,431

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Program Expense $780,771 $749,110 $824,077
Administration Expense $51,695 $47,998 $49,079
Fundraising Expense $47,227 $26,260 $22,922
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.17 1.17 1.07
Program Expense/Total Expenses 89% 91% 92%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 4% 3% 3%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Assets $463,759 $321,982 $198,405
Current Assets $437,423 $302,057 $176,466
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $45,837 $51,190 $69,892
Total Net Assets $417,922 $270,792 $128,513

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
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 Percentage
Percentage(If selected) 80.0%
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 2.00

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? Anticipated In 3 Years
Capital Campaign Purpose To acquire a new space for the organization
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates Sept 2014 - Aug 2015
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount $25,000.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 9.54 5.90 2.52

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

YOFES has grown tremendously over the past three years.  From an annual budget of $290,000 in 2009, we have reached the $600,000 limit with possibility to reach $1,000,000 by the end of the year.

Although our budget has increased, the need for our program has also grown significantly. In its short history, YOFES has launched several innovative and high-impact programs.

Our programs are innovative and powerful models. Each (in different ways) maximizes peer support and partnerships, applies awareness of cultural issues, and helps youth learn and grow in lasting ways.

We invite individuals and organizations to partner with us so we can continue to make a difference in the community.

YOFES serves as a fiscal agent for the Haitian Mental Health Network and the Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition (MFFC).

Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above are per the organization's IRS Form 990s.


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