Youth Empowerment Through Learning Leading and Serving Inc

Atlanta, GA   |  www.yellsinc.org

Mission

YELLS mentors youth to be active, healthy, and productive servant leaders within their communities who are capable of creating change. YELLS places youth in mentoring roles and provides leadership and character development opportunities to ensure they are positive role models who inspire the next generation of leaders.

Ruling year info

2011

Principal Officer

Laura Keefe

Main address

1156 Piedmont Ave NE Apt B6

Atlanta, GA 30309

EIN

27-0900525

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Program 1

The YELLS Mentoring Program matches high school "Bigs" with elementary school "Littles, and provides a service-learning curriculum that prepares them to design youth-led service initiatives together. 17/23 (74%) Mentoring Program participants with updated academic data available showed at least one letter grade improvement or maintained an "A" or "B" in the 2018-2019 school year. In this fiscal year, 23 high school Bigs and elementary school Littles forged powerful mentoring relationships that helped them grow as leaders while giving back to their community. Our Mentoring Bigs learned to conduct a community needs assessment, and then wrote proposal letters, drafted a budget, secured donations, recruited volunteers, and built partnerships to lead a "Franklin Fair" Block Party designed to uplift their Franklin Gateway community.

Expenses
$35,712
Revenue
$40,964

The YELLS Afterschool Program provides positive youth development, including leadership, art, recreation, character building, service learning, and academic support for elementary youth daily. The YELLS model engages the entire family through parent volunteering and participation in educational and community-building workshops. Of the 53 elementary youth served, 51 (96%) achieved academic success by promotion on grade level. Parents also reported that after participating in YELLS, 92% of children demonstrated improved behavior, 89% possessed excellent or very good self-esteem, and 96% have shown more care and kindness toward others. Additionally, YELLS provided an all-day (8:30am - 5:30pm) Summer Camp to provide learning experiences for youth while allowing parents to retain employment over the summer break. 89% of parents reported that their family's involvement in YELLS has increased their success as a parent.

Expenses
$228,357
Revenue
$251,824

The YELLS Community Action Café equips teens with real-world business and leadership skills as they manage a real coffee shop that serves as a hub for community-wide education, engagement, and empowerment. YELLS teens have become career-ready, developing resumes and going through a series of interview rounds before being selected to serve on Apprenticeship Teams (Marketing, Operations, Financial Management, Hospitality and Service, Community Planning, and Culinary Arts). YELLS teens have demonstrated their phenomenal leadership by applying business and life skills as they engaged hundreds of neighbors in youth-led events and community-building. While serving their community, YELLS teens have grown personally, with 96% (25/26 with survey data) of teens reporting high levels of self-efficacy, 92% making better choices, 79% improving their grades or maintaining an A or B in Math or Language Arts, and 91% of seniors graduating in 2019. Additionally, 86% of parents reported that YELLS helps them feel more connected to their community. Over 70 teens and adult community members of the Franklin Gateway community have also achieved SMART goals while building a network of support to improve their lives through our YELLS Achievement Club.

Expenses
$252,872
Revenue
$260,752

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