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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 Martin Burch
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INCORPORATED: 1972
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EIN 04-2509466

LAST UPDATED: 09/17/2014
Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years Yes

Overview

Mission StatementMORE »

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


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2013 to June 30, 2014
Projected Income $1,452,925.00
Projected Expense $1,429,099.00

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 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

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Statements

Mission Statement

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


Background Statement

Founded in 1968, the mission statement of Youth Enrichment Services (YES) is to “inspire and challenge inner-city Boston youth with physical and mental activities that foster life-long respect for self, others, and the environment.” Each year over 1,600 Boston youth ages 7-18 participate in YES’s continuum of empowerment, outdoor, and leadership programs. Under the careful guidance of trained staff and volunteers, YES’s programs serve as a platform for promoting healthy behaviors and a gateway for urban youth to reach their full potential.

Tier 1 / Introductory Experiences & Activities– Goal is to give youth new experiences in the outdoors. These are one-time experiences and activities within the organization’s Operation SnowSports and Outdoor Adventure programs. 

Tier 2 / Intermediate Experiences & Activities– Goal is to give youth opportunities to build confidence, develop character, and increase their skills. Activities take place in the outdoors. Youth regularly interact with positive adult role models. These are multiple-interaction experiences and activities within the organization’s Operation SnowSports and Outdoor Adventure 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 Tier 3: Girls Outdoor Adventure Leaders (GOAL), Junior Volunteer Program, Career Exploration Program, College Preparation and the YES Track and Field Team.

The YES Academy houses four high-impact programs that challenge urban youth to achieve greater success in school, work, and life. Programs offered are the Girls Outdoor Adventure Leaders(GOAL), Junior Volunteer Program, College Preparation and Career Exploration. Over 170 inner-city teens participate in the YES Academy programs annually. In the YES Academy, youth develop leadership skills, give back through community service, learn professional / workplace skills, and prepare for college. High school seniors in the YES Academy can apply to the Richard Williams Memorial College Scholarship named in honor YES’s late founder. YES offered a Trip Advisor Scholarship in 2014 to two YES high school seniors in STEM majors. Through a Trip Advisor grant, YES will continue to offer this scholarship in the next few coming years. The YES Academy programs are a significant presence in youth’s lives and programs run throughout the year.  

YES engages young people who have limited access to outdoor activities and sports, especially ethnic minorities from low-to-moderate income families who live in Boston’s inner-city neighborhoods. All Boston neighborhoods are served, with a focus on Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan.Nearly one out of three youth served live in single-parent households. Girls comprise 46% of participants in the organization overall. Three out of five youth served by YES are minorities.

YES believes in:

  • Challenging and supporting youth development through outdoor sports and experiential education.
  • Positive power of mentoring.
  • Sharing the love and enjoyment of the outdoors.
  • Fostering stewardship of the natural environment.

 YES values:

  • Accessibility, affordability, and safety.
  • Relationships built on honesty, trust, and respect.
  • Volunteerism and our volunteers who are positive role models.



Impact Statement

YES is focused on growing the organization's highest impact programs in order to positively influence a new and growing generation of Boston youth. The organization's leadership is coming to the end of implementing a five-year Strategic Plan to increase the organization's capacity to provide year-round, high-impact programs that provide a dynamic continuum of opportunities for children and teens as they develop and grow throughout elementary, middle and high school. The plan calls for significant fund development to support this planned program growth. Organization-wide, there is a commitment to achieve its goal of expanded youth enrollment by at least 40% by 2015.

YES is pleased to report that in FY14 almost 1,600 youth were served through its Intermediate and High-Impact programs and that a record number of youth were served in its highest impact programs which are offered through the YES Academy. Additionally, in April 2014, YES held its 4th Annual Black Diamond Gala which raised a record amount of revenue. 

YES’s programs have a long history of positive results and impact on teens and children. Youth who participate in YES programs show increased self-confidence, leadership skills, teaching/mentoring skills, vocational skills and aspirations to attend college. A 2014 survey of YES youth found that among 2014 YES Academy participants, 100% have graduated high school, 85% of Career Exploration students gained new skills and 80% of Girls Outdoor Adventure Leaders reported an increase in self-confidence. Three out of five YES youth served are minorities.


Needs Statement

There is a strong body of research demonstrating the importance of having access to out-of-school programs and the positive role that sports play in the lives of disadvantaged youth. Major cities throughout the U.S. have found that sports activities reduce juvenile criminal activity and arrests by 24-55%.  In Dorchester, a low-income Boston neighborhood with a high crime rate, only one out of four of the neighborhood’s 13,500 youth have access to out-of-school programs.  In the city’s Mattapan, Roxbury, South Boston and the South End districts, as few as one out of 10 youth have after-school program slots.  Nearly half of YES participants live in these highly under-served neighborhoods.
YES has several significant needs in the area of capacity building:
 
1. Outcomes Measurement: Improving YES's ability to measure the impact of its programs by identifying funding for the contract position of an Outcomes Measurement Consultant who has applied research and evaluation expertise in youth development, physical fitness, leadership development and social networks.
 
2. Technology: Using technology to increase the capacity of our programs- including, but not limited to making our program application process more efficient, improving our outcomes measurements via technology tools and more.
 
3. Building /Space: YES needs to engage a consultant to recommend how to maximize the agency’s capital assets: YES’s Boston headquarters worth an estimated $1.75 million and two leases on recreational lodges in Monterey, MA and Killington, VT.  The growth in on-site high-impact programming at the Boston headquarters has resulted in a high demand for meeting space and access to computers.
 
4. Fundraising:  Strengthen YES fundraising capacity to increase individual donations and expand special event revenue in order to support the organization's strategic plan goal of serving 40% more youth by 2015.

 


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 a critical part in 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 kids and families. 

Every day I leave YES’s office, I leave knowing we have made an impact on the children 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 youth and teens from diverse low-to-moderate income families who live in Boston, with a focus on Boston's underserved areas 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 give youth new experiences in the outdoors. These are one-time experiences and activities within the organization’s Operation SnowSports and Outdoor Adventure programs.

Budget  $500,000.00
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 

 85% of youth will have a positive experience with adult mentors.

 100% of youth will say they would recommend YES to others.

 85% of youth will feel the program increased their confidence.

 85% of youth will report improving their athletic ability/endurance.

Program Long-Term Success 
YES programs are intended to help youth lay the foundation to achieve greater success in school, work and life. YES youth develop self-confidence and a healthy lifestyle, connect with positive role models and become lifelong leaders and learners.
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 we 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 to our participants.

We routinely conduct 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 on the participants, rating the teens' performance and level of technical and workplace skills.

We also gather and track information on the number of YES 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 that YES’s programs are having a positive impact on the youth served. A survey of parents whose children participated in the Operation SnowSports program in FY13 showed that 93% report their children enjoyed YES’s programs and 77% felt their children’s interaction with adults had an “extremely” or “very” positive impact. A full 73% said their children learned they could do things they did not think they could do before and 93% would recommend YES to other families.


b. Tier 2 / Intermediate Experiences & Activities

Tier 2 / Intermediate Experiences & Activities– Goal is to give youth opportunities to build confidence, develop character, and increase their skills. Activities take place in the outdoors. Youth regularly interact with positive adult role models. These are multiple-interaction experiences and activities within the organization’s Operation SnowSports and Outdoor Adventure programs.
Budget  $400,000.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Citizenship
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Minorities
Program Short-Term Success 
85% of youth will have a positive experience with adult mentors.
 
100% of youth will say they would recommend YES to others.
 
85% of youth will feel the program increased their confidence.
 
85% of youth will report improving their athletic ability/endurance.
Program Long-Term Success 
YES transforms engagement in sports and outdoor activities into volunteer and career planning opportunities that help youth lay the foundation to achieve greater success in school, work and life. YES youth develop self-confidence and a healthy lifestyle, connect with positive role models and become lifelong leaders and learners. 
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 we 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 to our participants.

We routinely conduct 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 on the participants, rating the teens' performance and level of technical and workplace skills.

We also gather and track information on the number of YES 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 Track and Field in the 2013/2014 season showed that 100% reported experiencing increased confidence as a result of participating in the program and 86% had positive experiences with role models and adult mentors. A full 100% of the participants reported feeling safe, which is so important as boys and girls from inner-city communities face a unique combination of barriers when it comes to sports and athletic activities such as running, including concerns about safety. We strive to provide a high level of program satisfaction and are proud to say that 100% of the youth reported that they would recommend YES to others.

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 Tier 3: the programs in the YES Academy (Girls Outdoor Adventure Leaders or GOAL, Junior Volunteer Program), Career Exploration Program, College Preparation Program and Track & Field Team.
Budget  $347,000.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Leadership
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Minorities
Program Short-Term Success  To ensure YES is serving its target population, all YES Academy programs share the goal that at least 75% of each program's enrollees will be ethnic minorities from low-to-moderate income families. Furthermore, in all 3 programs YES anticipates that at least 75% of the youth enrolled in each program will report an increase in self-confidence.

In 2013-2014, the GOAL program further anticipates the following outcomes:
• At least 80% of GOAL girls will report YES staff and/or volunteers as primary positive role models in their life;
• At least 75% will report an increase in healthy lifestyle choices.

Additional target outcomes for the Junior Volunteer program include:
• At least 75% will report increased leadership skills;
• At least 95% of Junior Volunteers who are high school seniors will graduate; and
• At least 75% will develop/increase awareness of college opportunities.

The Career Exploration program evaluation metrics are:
• At least 75% will gain problem solving skills;
• At least 75% will gain employment readiness skills;
• 100% who are high school seniors will graduate.
Program Long-Term Success 
YES transforms engagement in sports and outdoor activities into volunteer and career planning opportunities that help youth lay the foundation to achieve greater success in school, work and life. YES youth develop self-confidence and a healthy lifestyle, connect with positive role models and become lifelong leaders and learners. 
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 we 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 to our participants.

We routinely conduct 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 on the participants, rating the teens' performance and level of technical and workplace skills.

We also gather and track information on the number of YES 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 YES Academy outcomes:

GOAL: At the conclusion of our 2014 school-year program, 82% of GOAL girls reported an increase in healthy lifestyle choices while 75% of GOAL girls reported an increase in self-confidence.

Junior Volunteer: For the past four years, 100% of high school seniors in the JRV program have graduated high school and enrolled in college. At the conclusion of our 2014 program, 98% of JRVs reported an increase in leadership skills.

Career Exploration: After completing our CE program in FY 13, 100% of participants reported increasing their employment skills. For the past three years, 100% of high school seniors in the CE program graduated high school and are currently enrolled in college.
 
College Prep Program: In its first year of programming, 100% of College Prep participants who graduated high school went on to college. 100% of participants increased college awareness and applied to at least one scholarship. Many participants reported that after completion of this program, they were considering college for the first time.

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 founder Mary Williams.  He worked at South Boston Neighborhood House for 24 years, and 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 BA in English from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA and Masters 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
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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Ms. Rachel Cina Program Coordinator, YES Academy Rachael Cina, Program Coordinator, YES Academy, joined YES in 2012 as the GOAL Program Manager. During the 2012-2013 school year, Rachael took on a Commonwealth Corps service position at the Medford Boys and Girls Club (in addition to her work at YES), where she worked to improve the clubs’ academic programming and its relationships with the Medford Public Schools. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Global Studies with a minor in Women’s Studies from Lesley College.
Ms. Shiona B. DeCarvalho Director of YES Academy Shiona B. DeCarvalho, Director of 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. She has 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 Masters in Education Psychology from the University of Illinois
Ms. Jamie Martin Burch Director of Development Jamie Martin Burch, Director of Development, 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. Bernadette Peeples Director of Operations Bernadette Peeples, Director of Operations, joined YES in August 2011 with 10 years of progressively increasing responsibility in program management.  Bernadette brings a wealth of experience working with inner-city youth, in particular at-risk teens, starting with her work as a youth counselor and moving to Cambridge Family & Children’s Services in 2005, working as Program Director for two years and Director of Residential Services starting in 2007.  She holds a Masters in Criminology from Loyola University and a BA from Northeastern University.

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

Partnerships with various agencies across Boston are a key way in which YES promotes the agency's youth development programs and connects with hard-to-reach constituencies. Many kids and teens are recruited to participate in YES through the agency's 150-plus partners.  YES's current partners include Boston Public Schools; charter schools; Boston Centers for Youth and Family; economic development corporations; Boston Police precincts; as well as community and youth service agencies like Boys and Girls Clubs, Citizens Schools, Teen Empowerment, Tenacity, Upward Bound and YMCA/YWCAs.
 
In addition, sporting goods manufacturers and resorts annually donate $230,000 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, Butternut Ski Resort, Charles River Canoe & Kayak, Courageous Sailing, The Fishing Academy, Jiminy Peak, Killington/Pico Resort, Loon Mountain, Metro Rock, Pats Peak Ski Area, Pico Mountain, Rock Spot, Ski New Hampshire, South Boston Athletic Club, Sugarbush Resorts, Sugarloaf Mountain Resorts, USA Track & Field, Wachusett Mountain, and Waterville Valley.  
 

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 7
Number of Part Time Staff 5
Number of Volunteers 220
Number of Contract Staff 3
Staff Retention Rate % 85%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 10
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 11
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

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

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. Richard Ward
Board Chair Company Affiliation Verge Philanthropy Partners
Board Chair Term Dec 2009 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Luis Barbosa Law Offices of Donald Green --
Ms. Elizabeth Bartlett Citizens Bank --
Mr. Edward Beagan Assistant District Attorney --
Ms. Arnesse Brown Tenants Development Corporation Voting
Ms. Candace Burns Johnson Dana Farber Institute --
Ms. Kim Dukes Rivers Diversity Staffing Pros --
Mr. Marcus Evans Keville Enterprises --
Mr. David Fitzgerald CB Richard Ellis --
Mr. Derek Fowler Boston Fire Department --
Mr. Phillip Gross Adage Capital Management --
Mr. Kevin Hicks Kevin D. Hicks Insurance --
Ms. Rosalind Johnson Retired --
Mr. Tom Karam Delphi Midstream --
Mr. Yuji Koga Reynders, McVeigh Capital Management, LLC --
Mr. Brian Lash Target Logistics --
Mr. Ted Ligety Olympic Gold Medalist --
Mr. Mark McKenna Putnam Investments --
Mr. Christopher Peabody Peabody Office --
Mr. Michael Preiner Harvard University --
Ms. Marla Quinones Hill Boston Children's Museum --
Mr. Ian Sanderson Catabasis Pharmaceuticals --
Mr. Sheldon Simon Adage Capital Management --
Mr. Geoffrey Soper Bank of America/Merrill Lynch --
Mr. George Stathis Citi --
Mr. Brian Strachan Morgan Stanley --
Ms. Betsy Strickland Harvard Business School Career Svcs. --
Mr. Richard Ward Verge Philanthropy Partners --
Mr. Jess Williams Morgan Stanley --
Mr. Mark Williams Ken Garff Volvo --

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. Ike Adams Harmonics --
Ms. Leandra Brantle Victory Human Services --
Ms. Heidi Brooks Citizens Bank -- --
Mr. Clarence Brown K&L Gates, LLP --
Mr. Phil Brown Apartment Recovery Specialists, Inc. --
Mr. Kevin Corcoran Egan Entertainment Network --
Mr. Ted Curd Sovereign Bank --
Mr. Louis DeGeorge DeGeorge Home Improvements --
Mr. Steve Delaney IBM --
Mr. Mark Fanger Licensed Psychologist --
Ms. Beth Feinberg Keenan College Coach --
Ms. Jessica Ferri Schmitz Interstate Battery --
Ms. Anna Frank Community Volunteer --
Mr. Lance Gomes Homisco, Inc. --
Ms. Gena Gough PHT Corporation --
Ms. Daphne Griffin Boston Center for Youth and Families --
Ms. Katie Haffenreffer Harvard Pilgrim Health Care --
Mr. Sam Hill Actuality Systems Inc. --
Ms. Stephanie Krzysewski Northeastern University --
Ms. Joslyn Lee Northeastern University --
Ms. Jen Maitland Reebok --
Ms. Erin McCloskey John Hancock Financial Services --
Mr. Brian McCourt The Bowdoin Group, Inc. --
Mr. Keith McDermott Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center --
Mr. Gerry Moore Putnam Investments --
Mr. Will Morales YMCA Roxbury --
Mr. Michael Munn Mass Convention Center Authority --
Mr. Nike Okediji WGBH --
Ms. Jennifer Ryan Dwyer & Collora, LLP --
Ms. Karen Savage Boston Public Schools --
Mr. Okolo Schwinn-Clanton Northwestern Mutual Financial --
Ms. Carrie Sheinberg Community Volunteer --
Mr. Jason Soules EHS Partners --
Mr. Harold Sparrow YMCA Boston Development Office --
Ms. Linda Sullivan Dougherty Macy's --
Mr. Dane Tullock REI --
Mr. Steve Vaitones USA Track & Field --
Mr. Robert Wadsworth The Boston Foundation --
Mr. Jim Wall Pats Peak --
Ms. Bernie Weichsel Bewi Productions --
Mr. James Wildash Zevin Asset Management --
Mr. Darnell Williams Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts --
Mr. Wayne Wytrzes Economist --
Mr. Dave Zablatsky Realtor --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 9
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 16
Hispanic/Latino: 3
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 6
Male: 11
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths --
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy No
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions --
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Executive
  • Finance
  • Program / Program Planning
  • Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2011 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2013 to June 30, 2014
Projected Income $1,452,925.00
Projected Expense $1,429,099.00
Form 990s

2013 YES 990

2012 YES 990

2011 YES 990

2010 YES 990

2009 YES 990

2008 YES 990

Audit Documents

2013 YES Audit

2012 YES Audit

2011 YES Audit

2010 YES Audit

2009 YES Audit

2008 YES Audit

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Total Revenue $1,317,606 $1,317,606 $1,100,866
Total Expenses $1,259,557 $1,341,508 $1,247,348

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $649,983 $649,983 $473,419
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $174,149 $174,149 $188,283
Investment Income, Net of Losses $13 $13 $76
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $223,110 $223,110 $186,309
Revenue In-Kind $301,930 $301,930 $273,730
Other $-31,579 $-31,579 $-20,951

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Program Expense $916,095 $1,013,792 $980,003
Administration Expense $139,305 $131,794 $110,676
Fundraising Expense $204,157 $195,922 $156,669
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.05 0.98 0.88
Program Expense/Total Expenses 73% 76% 79%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 23% 22% 24%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Total Assets $1,117,367 $649,866 $657,249
Current Assets $734,533 $259,117 $260,405
Long-Term Liabilities $402,844 $413,686 $424,020
Current Liabilities $41,154 $79,698 $52,845
Total Net Assets $673,369 $156,482 $180,384

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value $0.00
Spending Policy N/A
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Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
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Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
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Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 17.85 3.25 4.93

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 36% 64% 65%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in charts and graphs are per the organization's audited financials.  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 give a large number of diverse urban youth access to an affordable and in-depth program that challenges them through outdoor sports and experiential education. YES would like to engage youth in a continuum of positive activities and quality experiences that foster character development and physical fitness. Through YES, youth will build strong relationships with positive role models and take advantage of apprenticeship opportunities that build their technical and leadership skills. Youth Enrichment Services would like to establish a recognizable presence in the community that attracts a large group of committed volunteers as well as community support and involvement.
 
As part of this overarching mission, YES's goals are:
 
Programs:
Goal #1a: Increase the number and percentage of urban kids that come and excel in our high intensity programs (by 40% by 2015)
Goal #2a: Develop a consistent and skillful group of volunteers that supports the high intensity programs.
Goal #3a: Establish a comprehensive system of outcome measurement to monitor program effectiveness, promote continuous improvement, and show results to community and funders.
 
 Building:
Goal 1b: Ensure that YES operates in a building that provides the needed infrastructure to support its programs and mission and reflects its commitment to accessibility, diversity, environmental issues, participants and volunteers.
 
Fundraising: 
Strengthen YES fundraising capacity by increasing individual donations  and expanding special event revenue.
 
Marketing:
Communicate a consistent “Youth Leadership Development” branding message to different constituents.
 
YES has made progress on every one of these goals, which has helped it achieve its goal of giving a large number of diverse urban youth access to an affordable and in-depth program that challenges them through outdoor sports and experiential education.
 
 
 
 
 
 

2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

YES employed multiple strategies for its 2010-2015 plan to successfully meet its goals.
 
For its goal to increase and diversify the youth in our high-impact programs, YES has implemented the following strategies:
-Align volunteer and staff skills and resources to facilitate progression into high intensity programs.
-Reach out to non-traditional groups, particularly in neighborhoods currently underserved by YES.
-Offer high quality programs that are appealing and desirable to the target group.
-Develop strategic partnerships with other Boston youth development programs.
 
For YES's goal to increase its team of dedicated volunteers, YES has implemented the strategy to: Revise the current volunteer model, understanding that volunteers cannot replace staff and keeping a balanced volunteer/staff ratio.
 
For YES's  goal to establish a comprehensive system of outcome measurement to monitor program effectiveness, promote continuous improvement, and show results to community and funders: 
YES has been investing in training staff and board on outcome measurement. Additionally, YES has been developing solid logic models for each program, indicators and measuring tools.
 

For YES's goal to ensure that YES operates in a building that provides the needed infrastructure to support its programs and mission and reflects its commitment to accessibility, diversity, environmental issues, participants and volunteers:YES has established a plan to decide whether or not to re-locate within the next couple of years.

For YES's Fundraising goal to strengthen the YES fundraising capacity by increasing individual donations and expanding special event revenue: YES has implemented the strategy to explicitly engage all board and staff members in the development function through training, participation and support.
 
For YES's Marketing goal to communicate a consistent “Youth Leadership Development” branding message to different constituents: YES has established marketing guidelines and branding which it continues to implement and train leadership and staff on.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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

YES is set-up to be a leader in the field of youth development, through its experienced staff, strong community partnerships and capacity to increase fundraising through the years.
 
Staff: 
YES Staff and Board Members include a group of experienced youth development professionals. 
 
Senior Leadership includes:

Bryan Van Dorpe, Executive Director, joined YES in 2008 following the retirement of founder Mary Williams. He worked at South Boston Neighborhood House for 24 years, and 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. 

Bernadette Peeples, Director of Operations, joined YES in August 2011 with 10 years of progressively increasing responsibility in program management. Bernadette brings a wealth of experience working with inner-city youth, in particular at-risk teens, starting with her work as a youth counselor and moving to Cambridge Family & Children’s Services in 2005, working as Program Director for two years and Director of Residential Services starting in 2007. 

Shiona B. DeCarvalho, Director of 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. She has 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. 

Jamie Martin Burch, Director of Development, 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. 

 Community Partnerships, Networks and Fundraising Capacity:
 
YES is currently executing a five-year plan (2010-2015) to diversify the organization's charitable funding streams. We are presently focused on prioritizing our attention on donor relationships and major gifts to build a stronger pipeline of individual donors. The establishment of a major gifts program that attracts donors interested in making a mission-driven investment in YES will help ensure that funds for our programs are secured for today and tomorrow. Additionally, YES was pleased to welcome two new individuals to the and 13 new members to our Board of Trustees, each of whom has made a financial commitment to YES and bring in . YES is also undertaking the development of our 2015-2020 Strategic Plan. A task force of stakeholders and community leaders is assisting with this critical project. 
YES has successfully increased events-related revenue over the past five years by establishing an annual gala fundraiser, hosting house parties, and offering a series of after-work events for young professionals. YES hosted its 4th Annual Black Diamond Gala on April 3, 2014. Over 350 people attended and a record-breaking $300,000 was raised for our youth. YES' Young Donors Committee is partnering with Boston Young Professionals Association for YES's 3rd Annual Harbor Cruise in June.
In April 2014, YES was selected as a charity partner by Pearson Education to raise funds for YES youth and to further educate the Boston community about the work that Youth Enrichment Services does. YES also received two bibs for the 2014 Boston Marathon and our two runners collectively raised more than $15,000 for YES.
These new and expanded funding sources and partnerships are clear examples of how YES has the capacity to grow as a program in the next coming years to fit community needs. 

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

Youth Enrichment Services uses outcome measurements on its programs to ensure that its programs are reaching its primary goals to give youth new experiences, develop their confidence and enhance their leadership skills.

 Outcome statistics from FY 14 (ending June 30, 2014) clearly demonstrate the positive impact YES Academy programs have on youth. Below is a sampling of our most recent results:

Program

Measure

FY14

GIRLS OUTDOOR ADVENTURE LEADERS

INCREASED HEALTHY LIFESTYLE CHOICES

82%

GIRLS OUTDOOR ADVENTURE LEADERS

INCREASED SELF CONFIDENCE

75%

JUNIOR VOLUNTEER TEEN LEADERS

GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL & ENROLLED IN COLLEGE

100%

JUNIOR VOLUNTEER TEEN LEADERS

GAINED NEW LEADERSHIP SKILLS

98%

CAREER EXPLORATION

GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL & ENROLLED IN COLLEGE

100%

CAREER EXPLORATION

IMPROVED EMPLOYMENT SKILLS

100%

COLLEGE PREP

INCREASED COLLEGE AWARENESS

100%

For all programs, student demographics are collected and attendance is taken. YES routinely conducts pre and post youth/family surveys to measure changes in self-perception and development of specific skills. Surveys are conducted with parents to capture their satisfaction and ask about the changes they see in their child. Supervisors provide observation and evaluation feedback. The numbers of returning youth, high school graduates and college enrollees are also documented.



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

YES has surpassed its goal made  to serve 40% more youth in high-impact programs. In 2008, 473 youth were served in high-impact programs.  Today, 1165 youth are served in high-impact programs, making for a nearly 200% increase. YES continues to reach its goals of  offering youth new experiences, confidence and leadership as demonstrated by our outcomes above.
 
Beyond these programmatic accomplishments, YES continues to increase its fundraising capacities and has built significant connections in the past year. This year, YES offered its Career Exploration program as an on-site program at the Burke High School, a Boston Public School. YES has also developed partnerships with Trip Advisor, Pearson Education and many other local businesses.
 
In the near future, YES will be focusing on growing its funds for YES Academy programs in order to continue serving more youth in the high impact programs each year. YES also continues to invest in outcome measurements training.