Jahn Kirchoff

Board Chairperson

Jahn Kirchoff board member yes institute

Deli Lane Cafe & Sunset Tavern
Co-Owner

Time is precious, so it is the perfect reason for my cause to be the YES Institute. For 20+ years I have been witness to real change in the hearts and minds of people that would be last on my list for being open to that change. YES’ model takes the work around gender and orientation to the front lines, where the real fear about even speaking about these topics lives. The model gives the possibility to families reuniting, workers collaborating, teachers and social workers advocating and health care providers cutting through immobile and outdated bureaucracies.

So given the choice of where I can put my best volunteer hours in there is no choice, YES is and will remain my source of inspiration and devotion. Now is a challenging time and YES is uniquely positioned to further our understanding and compassion around these topics. With the courses now offered and the ones we are developing… the future is bright!

I learned that bullying can be a form of communication. I learned how youth might be copying what they see from their parents, and other adults. I learned that we can all make a contribution to stop it.

A Communication Called "Bullying" course participant

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