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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: 03/04/2015
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, 2015 to June 30, 2014
Projected Income $1,521,205.00
Projected Expense $1,507,578.00

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 2014 (%)

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

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 multiple-interaction 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 Snow YETTI (Youth Excel Through Tailored Instruction) and the YES Track and Field programs. The Tier 3 High Impact YES Academy (which includes the Girls Outdoor Adventure Leaders or GOAL program, the College Preparation and Career Exploration programs, and the Junior Volunteer Leaders program), is a gateway for underserved urban youth to reach their full potential and transforms teens into leaders. 

YES targets youth ages 7 to 18 from Boston’s most diverse and economically challenged neighborhoods: Dorchester, Roxbury, Mattapan, and South Boston. One out of three YES youth live in a single-parent household and three-quarters are from low to low-moderate income households. Girls are half of YES’s overall participants. Three out of five of all YES youth are of color: Black/ African American (22%), Latino/ Hispanic (18%), Multi-Ethnic (15%), and Asian (5%).

 
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 four 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 FY14 (July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014):

College Preparation - Successfully piloted the College Preparation program. Awarded a Mass Promise Fellow to help staff the program (which was renewed for FY15). Served 48 high school students.
 
Career Exploration - Established new partnership with the Boston Public School’s Jeremiah Burke High School in Dorchester to offer the Career Exploration program on-site to16 students who received course credit.
 
YES Academy – 100% of students in the YES Academy graduated high school on time, enrolled in college, and applied to at least one scholarship.
 
Selected by the US Olympics Committee and Citi to be one of eight charity partners for the nationally recognized Every Step of the Way program. Gold medalist Ted Ligety chose YES as his charity partner for the Winter Olympic 2014 games. Received national media attention on Good Morning America and in Sports Illustrated.
 
Successfully held the 4th Annual YES Black Diamond Gala. Over 350 people attended. Event raised a record-breaking amount of over $300,000.
 
Major Goals for FY15 (July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015):
 
Career Exploration – Expand partnership with Boston Public Schools to offer the Career Exploration program on-site at a second high school:  Charlestown High.

Summer Developmental Track & Field - Grow to serve more than 350 youth, surpassing previous numbers.
 
Girls Outdoor Adventure Leaders (GOAL) – Enrich the program by adding a Saturday session specific to girls ages 13 to 15 while continuing to operate the Friday session for girls ages 11-13.
 
Operation SnowSports - Launch new opportunities for deepened, repeat engagement by youth by piloting a Cross Country skiing program and expanding the Snow YETTI (Youth Excel Through Tailored Instruction) program.

Complete the 2015-2020 Strategic Planning process and begin to implement its recommendations regarding programming and funding growth.

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. ​

YES Academy. The demand for the programs of the YES Academy is explosive, outpacing current capacity. As YES focuses on deepening the organization’s long term influence on youth by strengthening its YES Academy programs, there is 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 reach more underserved youth and deepen our impact.

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  $450,000.00
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 
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 85% of youth will increase their confidence in the outdoors
  • at least 85% 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.  Results from FY14 (ending June 30, 2014) include:

  • 100% increased their confidence trying new activities
  • 90% increased their problem-solving skills
  • 90% increased their confidence in the outdoors
  • 100% felt safe.

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 through in-depth, multiple-interaction experiences and activities within the organization’s Operation SnowSports and Outdoor Adventure programs.   Includes Operation SnowSports’ YETTI program (Youth Excel Through Tailored Instruction) and Outdoor Adventure’s Week-Long Intensives, Track & Field and the YES Running Team.
Budget  $350,000.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Citizenship
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Minorities
Program Short-Term Success 

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 engagement in the YES Tier 2 programming, YESyouth develop self-confidence and a healthy lifestyle, becoming lifelong learners. 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 FY14 shows that:
  • 100% of youth in Track & Field increased their self-confidence.
  • 85% of YETTI youth increased their problem-solving skills.
  • 100% of youth in the Outdoor Adventure Week-Long Intensives increased their confidence trying new activities.
  • 95% of YETTI youth increased their confidence in the outdoors.
  • 100% of all youth felt safe.
  • 100% of all youth 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 the Tier 3 / High Impact YES Academy: Girls Outdoor Adventure Leaders or GOAL, Junior Volunteer Leaders, Career Exploration, and College Preparation.
Budget  $300,000.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Leadership
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Minorities
Program Short-Term Success 

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 80% will develop/increase awareness of college opportunities
  • At least 75% 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 athletics, service learning, weekly workshops, and peer helping. They increase the skills and confidence they need to succeed.
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 
2014 YES Academy outcomes:
  • 100% graduated high school on time and enrolled in college.
  • 98% of Junior Volunteer Leaders reported an increase in leadership skills.
  • 82% of GOAL girls increased their healthy lifestyle choices.
  • 100% of College Preparation youth applied to at least one scholarship.
  • 100% of youth in Career Exploration gained workforce readiness skills.
  • 100% advanced to the next grade level on time.

For the past four 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 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 Master's degree in Education Psychology from the University of Illinois
Mr. Peter Haffenreffer Director of Finance & Administration Peter Haffenreffer, Director of Finance & Administration is a talented business executive and has been involved with YES since 1974. Peter originally joined the organization as a ski instructor after graduating from college. For over 25 years, Peter has played an integral role in the organization’s growth and served as a trusted advisor to YES’s founders. From 2002 to 2012, Peter served as vice-chair of YES’s Board of Directors, stepping down in 2013 to accept his current role as the organization’s first Director of Finance & Administration. In this position, Peter oversees day-to-day finance activities, long-range financial planning and budgeting, human resources, office administration, and IT. Peter holds a Bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College.
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.  She joined Cambridge Family & Children’s Service in 2005, working as Program Director and then as Director of Residential Services.  Bernadette holds a Master's degree in Criminology from Loyola University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northeastern University.

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
1st Place Winner - YES 12 and Under Running Team Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) Youth Relay 2014
31 Nights of Lights charity partner Prudential Center Boston 2014
Every Step of the Way charity partner Citi and the US Olympics Committee 2014
Inaugural Martin Richard Grant Saucony Run for Good Foundation 2014

Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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 conducts outreach 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, Teen Empowerment, Tenacity, Upward Bound, and YMCA/YWCAs.
 
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:  Metro Rock, Brooklyn Boulders, Cinnamon Rainbows Surfing Co., USA Track & Field of NE, Boston Parks Department, Danversport Yacht Club, the Fishing Academy; John Hancock's MLK Scholars and Marathon programs, the Mass Promise Fellowship, The Highland Street Foundation's Youth Philanthropy Initiative, Haley House, the Boston Public Schools, StepInspire, and Wompatuck State Park.  To provide high quality job shadowing and other career exploration opportunities, YES partners with Boston University, Boston Medical Center, Citi, Sherwin-Williams, and InterContinental Boston, among others. 
 

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 --
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 Ms. Betsy Strickland
Board Chair Company Affiliation Associate Director, Harvard Business School
Board Chair Term Dec 2014 - Dec 2016
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 NonVoting
Ms. Elizabeth Bartlett Citizens Bank NonVoting
Mr. Edward Beagan Assistant District Attorney NonVoting
Ms. Arnesse Brown Tenants Development Corporation Voting
Ms. Candace Burns Johnson Dana Farber Institute Voting
Ms. Kim Dukes Rivers Diversity Staffing Pros NonVoting
Mr. Marcus Evans Keville Enterprises Voting
Mr. David Fitzgerald CB Richard Ellis NonVoting
Mr. Derek Fowler Boston Fire Department NonVoting
Mr. Phillip Gross Adage Capital Management Voting
Mr. Kevin Hicks Kevin D. Hicks Insurance Voting
Ms. Rosalind Johnson Retired NonVoting
Mr. Tom Karam Delphi Midstream NonVoting
Mr. Yuji Koga Reynders, McVeigh Capital Management, LLC Voting
Mr. Brian Lash Target Logistics NonVoting
Mr. Ted Ligety Olympic Gold Medalist NonVoting
Mr. Mark McKenna Putnam Investments NonVoting
Ms. Wendi McKenna Community Volunteer NonVoting
Mr. Christopher Peabody Peabody Office NonVoting
Mr. Michael Preiner Harvard University Voting
Mr. Ian Sanderson Catabasis Pharmaceuticals NonVoting
Mr. Sheldon Simon Adage Capital Management NonVoting
Mr. Geoffrey Soper Bank of America/Merrill Lynch Voting
Mr. George Stathis Citi NonVoting
Mr. Brian Strachan Morgan Stanley NonVoting
Ms. Betsy Strickland Harvard Business School Career Svcs. Voting
Mr. Richard Ward Verge Philanthropy Partners Voting
Mr. Jess Williams Morgan Stanley NonVoting
Mr. Mark Williams Ken Garff Volvo NonVoting

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 --
Mr. Carter Bevans BNY Mellon --
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. --
Ms. Erika Butler City of Boston --
Mr. Kevin Corcoran Egan Entertainment Network --
Mr. Ted Curd Sovereign Bank --
Mr. Tony Darocha Emmanuel College --
Mr. Louis DeGeorge DeGeorge Home Improvements --
Mr. Steve Delaney IBM --
Mr. Mark Fanger Licensed Psychologist --
Ms. Sabrina Fanger Community Volunteer --
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 --
Ms. Courtney O'Connor John Hancock --
Mr. Nike Okediji WGBH --
Ms. Marla Quinones Hill Boston Children's Museum --
Ms. Brianne Rafford-Varley Jordan Boys & Girls Club --
Ms. Khari Roulhac Bunker Hill Community College --
Ms. Jennifer Ryan Schultz 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. Melvin Vieira Jr. ReMax --
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 --
Ms. Mary Williams Habitat for Humanity --
Mr. Wayne Wytrzes Economist --
Mr. Dave Zablatsky Realtor --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 9
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 18
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 7
Male: 22
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 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2015 to June 30, 2014
Projected Income $1,521,205.00
Projected Expense $1,507,578.00
Form 990s

2014 YES 990

2013 YES 990

2012 YES 990

2011 YES 990

2010 YES 990

2009 YES 990

2008 YES 990

Audit Documents

2014 YES Audit

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 2014 2013 2012
Total Revenue $1,396,427 $1,776,444 $1,317,606
Total Expenses $1,426,771 $1,259,557 $1,341,508

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $679,883 $1,238,162 $649,983
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $178,041 $152,068 $174,149
Investment Income, Net of Losses $4,530 $12 $13
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $285,958 $243,743 $223,110
Revenue In-Kind $262,993 $164,301 $301,930
Other $-14,978 $-21,842 $-31,579

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Program Expense $1,039,552 $916,095 $1,013,792
Administration Expense $146,753 $139,305 $131,794
Fundraising Expense $240,466 $204,157 $195,922
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.98 1.41 0.98
Program Expense/Total Expenses 73% 73% 76%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 25% 14% 22%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Assets $1,085,369 $1,117,367 $649,866
Current Assets $708,082 $734,533 $259,117
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $402,844 $413,686
Current Liabilities $442,344 $41,154 $79,698
Total Net Assets $643,025 $673,369 $156,482

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 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 --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 1.60 17.85 3.25

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 36% 64%

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. YES has realized increased events revenue over the past four years by establishing an annual gala fundraiser and offering a series of after-work events for young professionals. For the 2015 Black Diamond Gala, YES has established a major donor leadership council to lead fundraising efforts. The Council consists of 15 major YES donors who have the capacity to sponsor the event themselves and to bring in their networks. YES has successfully expanded its email and direct mail campaigns, adding two new campaigns in FY15, while also growing its social media presence. Currently, YES is putting increased focus on stewardship activities with individuals, corporations and foundations capable of making major gifts. 

Page 2 of YES's 2014 Audited Financials, Statement of Financial Position, Mortgage Payable (current liability) line item indicates that the mortgage note was within one year of renewal, thus bringing the balance due into a current position as of 6-30-14. The mortgage was refinanced in September of 2014. Under Net Assets, the change in the Undesignated Operating and the Temporarily Restricted reflect the transition of cash from restricted to unrestricted status.

Page 2 of YES's 2014 Audit Reports also shows a significant increase to cash balance in 2014 as compared to 2013 as a result of a multi-year grant being paid in advance.

Page 3 of YES's 2014 Audited Financials, Statement of Activities and Changes in Net Assets, Revenue and Support and Expense line items both reflect organization growth and a significant improvement in unrestricted net assets.

Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is 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 provide transformative opportunities for Boston inner-city youth, ages 7 to 18, through a continuum of safe, affordable and in-depth outdoor sports and experiential learning programs. YES’s intended outcomes are that youth develop the skills, courage and confidence to make healthy lifestyle decisions, to pursue their academic and career dreams, and to be active contributors to their community. 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 (2015 – 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 to 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 four 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.   Boston’s minority and economically disadvantaged youth 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. Peter Haffenreffer, Director of Finance & Administration, has played an integral role in the organization’s growth over the past 25 years. Most recently, from 2002 to 2012, he served as vice-chair of YES’s Board of Directors. In 2013, Peter stepped down from the Board and accepted his current role as the YES’s first Director of Finance & Administration.  Jamie Burch, Director of Development & Marketing, 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. 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, starting with her work as a youth counselor.  Prior to joining YES, she was Program Director and then Director of Residential Services at Cambridge Family & Children’s Services.  Shiona DeCarvalho, Director of 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.

Development Capacity:

YES is prioritizing donor relationships and the establishment of a major gifts program and was pleased to welcome 10 new influential individuals to the Board of Trustees, each of whom made five-figure gifts to YES in FY14. Also in 2014, YES was selected as a charity partner by Pearson Education, by the Prudential Center's 31 Nights of Lights program, by Citi for its national Every Step of the Way program, and was awarded the inaugural Saucony Martin Richard Run for Good grant at the recommendation of the Richard family. YES received two bibs for the 2014 Boston Marathon and our runners raised more than $15,000 for YES.  The YES 2014 Black Diamond Gala brought in more than $350,000.
 
Community Partnerships:
 
The ability to successfully collaborate is one of YES’s greatest strengths. YES partners with more than 150 organizations.  Partners include recreations area such as Blue Hills, Weston Ski Track, Pats Peak, Waterville Valley, Wompatuck State Park, Brooklyn Boulders, Moakley Park and Charles River Canoe & Kayak.
 
YES is a partner of the Boston Public Schools, offering its Career Exploration program at the Jeremiah Burke High School in Dorchester and Charlestown High. Job shadowing takes place at partners including Boston Medical Center, Boston University, and Citi. Other partners include Haley House and The Highland Street Foundation’s Youth Philanthropy initiative. 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,  many of whom go on to volunteer at YES and in their communities.
 

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 the girls in the GOAL program inspired YES to launch the Saturday GOAL session specifically for older girls.

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 FY14 outcomes demonstrate the positive impact YES has on youth. YES is especially proud to say that for the past four years, 100% of youth in the YES Academy have graduated high school on time and enrolled in college.

FY14 Outcomes: 
 

Program

Outcome Measure

FY14

OPERATION SNOWSPORTS

INCREASED CONFIDENCE

96%

Track & Field/ Cross Country Running

Decreased involvement in risky behaviors

90%

Outdoor adventure

INCREASED PROBLEM-SOLVING SKILLS

90%

YES Academy (Junior Volunteer, GOAL, Career Exploration, College Preparation programs)

GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL & ENROLLED IN COLLEGE

100%

YES Academy (Junior Volunteer, GOAL, Career Exploration, College Preparation programs)

ADVANCED TO NEXT GRADE LEVEL ON TIME

100%

CAREER EXPLORATION

GAINED Work force READINESS SKILLS

100%

GIRLS OUTDOOR ADVENTURE LEADERS (GOAL)

PUT MORE EFFORT INTO SCHOOL WORK

100%

JUNIOR VOLUNTEER LEADERS

GAINED NEW LEADERSHIP SKILLS

98%

COLLEGE PREPARATION

INCREASED AWARENESS OF COLLEGE AND FINANCIAL AID OPPORTUNITIES

100%

 

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

YES set itself a goal of serving 40% more youth in its high impact programs YES Academy programs by 2015. YES is proud to say that this goal has been surpassed in advance of the established time frame. In 2008, YES engaged 81 teens and pre-teens through Junior Volunteer Leaders, GOAL and Career Exploration. By 2014, the YES Academy had grown to include a new program (College Preparation) and served a total of 185 youth, an increase of 128%

 
YES grew in other ways, too, during this time.  YES increased youth served in its Summer Developmental Track & Field program by two and one-half times, from 140 youth in 2008 to 357 in 2014. YES also enriched its opportunities for repeat and deepened engagement, launching new program components including the Tier 2 programs of Cross Country Skiing, Youth Excel Through Tailored Instruction or YETTI, and the Week-long Outdoor Adventure Intensives.

Beyond these programmatic accomplishments, YES continues to increase its fundraising capacities, gaining important new major donors and organization leaders who work at Putnam Investments, Citi and Morgan Stanley.  YES also built significant new connections with Trip Advisor, Olympian Ted Ligety, the Mass Promise Fellowship program, and the Doug Coombs Foundation. YES has raised its profile locally, being spotlighted through the Prudential Center’s “31 Nights of Lights” program, and nationally with exposure on Good Morning America and in Sports Illustrated.

While this unprecedented growth is phenomenal, it presents a very real need for additional funding, volunteers and space to support it; it is YES’s biggest challenge. YES has already begun working on solutions, including bringing some of its YES Academy programming off-site, exploring the development of additional adult volunteer training options, and stewarding new individual donors to support the organization.

As YES moves into its next strategic planning period (2015-2010), in addition to continuing to pursue growth in numbers served in certain programs, such as Career Exploration and GOAL, YES is focusing on repeat youth engagement and deepened participation in other programs, especially its Tier 2 programs. This horizontal growth strategy enables youth to increase the frequency and deepen the quality of their YES experience, resulting in more meaningful relationships between youth and their positive adult role models (i.e., YES staff and volunteers).  When children gain a richer and more impactful experience at YES, it moves YES closer to its long term goal of developing youth who are prepared for college, careers, and life’s challenges.