Youth Empowered Society

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Mission: 

Youth Empowered Society (YES) is an organization that prevents and eliminates youth homelessness through the synergy of youth/peer and ally partnerships. The organization’s vision is that all of Baltimore’s youth will easily access supportive services and stable housing to become powerful in their own lives. YES deeply recognizes the power, strength, and vulnerability in youth telling us their stories – and we honor their resourcefulness and bravery in surviving and thriving in a world that has created innumerable barriers for them outside of their control.


History: 

YES grew out of the work of the Baltimore Homeless Youth Initiative (BHYI) Youth Leaders, a group of youth with personal experiences of homelessness that formed as an arm of the BHYI Coalition to help set its direction in 2009. Among other priorities, they identified the need for a comprehensive, "one-stop-shop" drop-in center for youth in a central Baltimore location, to be staffed in part by formerly homeless young adults with whom the youth could relate and be inspired. The vision of the BHYI leaders was realized when YES opened its doors in October 2012.

 

About YES:

YES is an organization that is growing quickly in its number of youth served, number and type of programs, and number of staff. We nearly tripled our size in the last 4 years, which has been both exciting and challenging. Our goals include: 1) maintaining and continuing to grow our staff and clients in response to local need; 2) continue to integrate and facilitate opportunity for youth leadership and youth power; 3) relocate YES headquarters to a more central location in Downtown Baltimore.

 

YES seeks to meet the challenges of the growing number of youth through trauma-informed peer and ally support; developing the leadership and employment readiness of youth who have experienced homelessness; and partnering with youth to advocate for systems change. Through these approaches, YES puts youth experiencing homeless on a pathway to stability by focusing on immediate needs, long-term stability, and civic engagement.


Visit https://yesdropincenter.org/ to learn more about YES!


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1600 W 41st Street
Suite 700
Baltimore, MD 21211

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      Youth Empowered Society is fiscally sponsored by Maryland Philanthropy Network, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, EIN 52-1326863. All the contributions are tax-deductible. No goods or services will be provided in exchange for the contribution.