YES (YOUNG EISNER SCHOLARS)

Equal Opportunity for Equal Talent

aka YES   |   Inglewood, CA   |  www.yesscholars.org

Mission

Dedicated to promoting America’s promise of equal opportunity for equal talent, YES identifies promising students from low-income communities in Los Angeles, NYC, Chicago, and rural Appalachian North Carolina and provides the essential resources and support to meet their academic and socio-emotional needs at every milestone along their journey. YES aims to increase educational access and opportunities and to empower these historically underrepresented students to embrace educational opportunities and self-advocacy in order to make college and career success attainable goals.

Ruling year info

2010

Executive Director

Rebecca Tucker

Main address

P.O. Box 3085

Inglewood, CA 90304 USA

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EIN

27-2633827

NTEE code info

Student Services and Organizations (B80)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Educational inequality limits life choices, career options and income opportunity. While half of all people from high-income families have a bachelor’s degree by age 25, just 1 in 10 people from low-income families do. Furthermore, only 20% of first generation college students persist and graduate with a Bachelor’s degree. For ambitious students from under-resourced neighborhoods, a college degree represents a clear path out of the crippling cycle of generational poverty. But this potential is stifled by a lack of exposure and opportunity due to financial, educational, and social inequality. YES provides a support system to fill in the gaps in systemic and institutional support for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. We believe in a holistic approach to education, and our programming meets the needs of our scholars at every level - academic, socio-emotional, mental & physical health, financial - from the 6th grade through high school, college, and career.

Our programs

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Middle/High School & College to Career

MIDDLE SCHOOL
Middle school Scholars meet for weekly hour-long YES sessions, either as part of their school day or after school. Middle school Scholars also participate in two in-house summer programs, designed to prepare them for the academic rigors of competitive high schools and provide exposure to new places, people, and ideas in order to increase cultural capital. The 7th grade Scholars take the SAT and apply for selective scholarship programs, and 8th grade Scholars apply for various summer programs offered through outside organizations. Starting in 7th grade, YES Scholars have access to in-house STEM programs focusing on robotics and rocketry.
HIGH SCHOOL
Once accepted to high school, whether private day school, boarding school, or public magnet, Scholars receive support through email check-ins, lunches at schools, contact with school counselors, access to virtual tutoring, and enrichment program application support. Scholars also participate in group dinners and field trips to provide a safe place to discuss social and personal challenges they may face in their high school experiences. Scholars are prepared for the college admissions process through direct SAT tutoring, YES college counseling, college tours, and a college boot camp to provide application and financial aid support.
COLLEGE
Collegiate supplemental costs account for YES’ biggest budget line, providing resources to cover aid gaps for student tuition, housing, books, clothes, medical needs, life supplies, travel, workshops and internship support. YES Staff meets with college scholars throughout each semester, offering informed academic, mental health, and career advising that draws on the staff’s intimate knowledge our students, their home communities, and the college experience. Staff also work with Scholars to obtain additional scholarships, and scholars must maintain a 3.2 GPA in order to receive supplemental financial support.
CAREER
YES provides personalized advice on career choices and strategies, and edit and revise student resumes and cover letters. To ease the transition between academic life and the workplace, YES offers professional career workshops, social and business etiquette boot camps, and other programs that prepare our Scholars for professional success. YES assists Scholars pursuing graduate studies and other professional development. Scholars are also invited to join a YES alumni professional network, to draw on the experience of our older Scholars and connect with others pursuing similar professional goals.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

YES works to increase educational access and opportunity, providing a support system to fill in the gaps in systemic and institutional support for students from disadvantaged backgrounds - increasing the number of students from traditionally underserved backgrounds who graduate from college. We strive to level the playing field of education, providing our scholars with the means to access both crucial and transformative opportunities around the country and the world - those usually only available to their more affluent counterparts. We believe in a holistic approach, and our programming meets the needs of our scholars at every level - academic, socio-emotional, mental & physical health, financial - from the 6th grade through high school, college, and career.
YES provides crucial social immersion opportunities for Scholars to build their cultural capital through internships, travel, workshops, and professional mentors. These programs provide a vital social component that prepare our Scholars with the interpersonal, critical thinking and communication skills that are necessary for long-term success. YES’ long term, holistic approach allows us to nurture our Scholars’ interests early and to facilitate their path to, and graduation from, college.

Our long-term holistic programming focuses on providing the essential academic, social, and cultural preparation necessary for our scholars to become competitive candidates for college acceptance. Through socio-emotional support, involvement with family and community, and a long-term commitment to each Scholar's individual path, YES seeks to support students in every aspect of their life. Our long-term programming focuses on providing the essential academic, social, and cultural preparation necessary for our scholars to become competitive candidates for high school & college acceptance and career success. YES provides generous supplemental financial support for tuition, testing fees, cultural experiences, indirect school fees, medical costs, and other essential elements that that lock so many low-income students out of higher education and perpetuate generational cycles of poverty.
YES spends an average of $40,000 to financially support a scholar from the 6th grade through college graduation. Our middle school students receive weekly school-day education enrichment programs, high school admittance counseling, books, and preparatory courses for the Independent School Entrance Exam. In 9th grade, YES works with every scholar to create a 4 year college readiness plan. High school students get free professional SAT/ACT prep courses, academic tutoring, internship opportunities & personalized assistance through the college admissions process, from financial aid workshops to personal statement seminars. Middle & high school students participate in our robust summer programming. College scholars are provided with personalized academic & career counseling, and assistance with applying for/navigating internship options, and grad school prep. YES staff maintains regular, meaningful contact with college scholars throughout each semester, helping with time management & navigating a bureaucracy designed to be indifferent or hostile to first gen students without resources & social leverage. Additionally, student health and wellness services have become essential factors in ensuring that our diverse student population can successfully transition from their home neighborhoods to independent high schools and later, college. YES provides scholars and families with access to mental health, legal & medical resources. We help facilitate essential counseling services for the mental health struggles that affect our Scholars, including eating disorders, anxiety, depression, physical & sexual abuse, substance abuse, and sexual & gender identity. Additionally, many of our highest-needs Scholars don't have access to quality healthcare; YES helps wi the costs of doctor appointments, orthodontics, glasses, treatment for various debilitating illnesses, prescription medicine costs, dermatology, hospital bills and grief counseling.

We prioritize directly integrating our organization with the communities we serve, especially the deep relationships we develop with the schools, parents, and extended families of the communities we serve. YES relies on our active alumni board to guide and oversee the growth of our organization and our programs. Our evidence-based practices are directed influenced by our YES alums; we solicit feedback about their middle, high school, and college experiences and then develop and implement new programs in order to better serve their younger peers and move closer towards our ultimate goal of a 100% college graduation rate.

100% of YES scholars are accepted to college. 73% of current YES college and graduate students are attending or have graduated from schools on the US News & World Report Top 100 List. In total, YES scholars are attending or have graduated from 115 colleges and universities in 29 states. Graduate students are in or have completed dental, medical, and law school, as well as many graduate programs. To their careers - which span law, medicine, finance, media, engineering, and the arts - they bring a unique experience and perspective of first-generation graduates who have broken the cycle of poverty.
Our grads are are employed at companies including Apple, PitchBook, Morgan Stanley, Google, NPR, Teach for America, KPMG, Goldman Sachs, Grandview/Automatik, The Whitney Museum, Boeing, UTA, Mercedes Benz, Lucid Motors, Americorps, Thomson Reuters, Gore, Hogan Lovells LLP, Autodesk, The National Park Service, Banijay Studios, Northrop Grumman, & Warner Media.

Financials

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YES (YOUNG EISNER SCHOLARS)

Board of directors
as of 10/17/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Elizabeth Callender

Skip Brittenham

Ziffren, Brittenham LLP

Adan Acevedo

Warner Media

Peter Benedek

UTA

Roger Birnbaum

Pin High Productions

Trisha Cardoso

The Chuck Lorre Family Foundation

Eric Eisner

Founder

John Goldwyn

Michaels Goldwyn

Sara Hernandez

DLA Piper

Dawn Olmstead

Universal Cable Productions

Allen Shapiro

Dick Clark Productions

Drew Zager

Morgan Stanley

Elizabeth Callender

Attorney (Retired)

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/16/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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