Dear YES Institute Supporters & Friends,
My heart is full as I reflect on the previous year. It’s difficult for me to share an update without becoming emotional. Amid the sweeping groundbreaking moves YES Institute has accomplished, there are countless individual stories that hold my heart captive. I’ll share just one.
At a recent Communication Solutions™ course, a young man courageously and matter-of-factly-opened up about multiple suicide attempts, and being verbally and physically assaulted daily in school. “But, “he said, “I don’t feel hopeless anymore.” When I asked him why, he said, “I want to spare my little sisters the pain that I experienced. I want to tell my story with YES so people can see that kids like me are actually worth something.” He paused, and with a huge smile, said, “I just want to live.”
I’m really proud of what our team has accomplished this year to advance our mission. Please go here for more highlights from the second half of 2017. Looking ahead to 2018, YES Institute is poised to tackle the challenges facing our community with fresh energy and a powerhouse, dynamic team. Our partnerships will allow us to impact youth from preschool to graduate school; healthcare providers in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties; faith communities; foster care personnel; and, of course, parents and families.
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for your generosity and commitment to keeping all youth safe. Your support makes our life-saving work possible. Wishing you the happiest of holidays!