Youth Emerging Successfully (YES!) receives Game Changer Grant for July
July 20, 2018
YES! is a program focused on Madison’s Northside that will work with youth of color to help mitigate violence in nearby neighborhoods. At the same time, it’s expected that YES! will create new pathways that allow for greater community engagement. This program is a partnership with the City of Madison and UW-Madison’s Pre-College Program that will span the summers of 2018 and 2019.
“Youth will participate in trainings that incorporate mindfulness, conflict resolution, relationship building, strategic planning, project management, business development, fund development, social media management and event programming.” states Eric S. Upchurch, Chief Visionary at Opportunity Inc. which is one of the partnering organizations of YES!.
YES! reverses negative trends by effectively empowering young people of color to use their lived experiences to reduce community violence. At the same time, YES! supports sustainable, equitable and socioeconomic development on Madison’s Northside by taking a hands-on local approach to developing social enterprises and initiatives led by people of color. The hope of this program is to provide these young proud leaders the chance to become mentors to youth in their community while experiencing success themselves.
The funds from this grant will go towards providing meals and transportation for these youth throughout the program.
Congratulations to YES!