This camp helped me accomplish something that is usually very hard for me, and that is making friends, one of the most important skills needed to succeed in life. I was able to be myself without judgement and put myself out there to be a leader. The positive and caring atmosphere that the entire community created is something that I will cherish for years to come.
The YES was the best thing that has happened to my daughter and I have no doubt that the skills she has learned there will continue to help foster her into a pretty terrific human being for a long time to come...So, from the bottom of my heart...thank you to The YES!
Parent of Participant
Over the course of camp, with the help of the staff and my newfound friends, I began to step out of my comfort zone and really express myself in the ways I’ve always wanted to. My self-confidence grew within each session and I truly believe the skills I’ve learned here will take me far into my workplace, school, and my relationships. Thank you from the bottom of my heart
I can't believe the person who came home from camp after only 6 days! After much persuasion by me, he reluctantly agreed to go but did so with an "I'm too cool for this" attitude. He returned home as a new person with such an amazing outlook on life and towards everyone he encounters. He says it changed his life and that it was the best thing he's ever done! I was so happy but I didn't really expect this great attitude to last long but to my amazement it did! He has been a role model even to me! Brandon loved the camp. He is really looking forward to attending a second time this summer!
Parent of Participant
"A Grateful Parent"
This is my third year attending YES Camp, and I can honestly say it was one of the most valuable experiences of my entire life. The YES gives teenagers such as myself the opportunity to become better members of society through sessions such as co-operation, leadership, and communication. … Through these three years I have grown in a living and supportive community that has provoked tears, insight, and a clear path towards the person I want to become. I cannot buy these experiences with any amount of money in the entire world and I will carry them with me for the rest of my life. Thanks you for the opportunity to find myself through inclusion, dance parties, taking risks, vulnerability, and so, so, so, so, so, much love.
My son last year at almost 15 was needing to get into a program to help him realize that his life did have meaning. "YES" had me in tears, from the day I found out they would be able to help us financially, to the day I convinced my son to go, to the day I dropped him off, to the day he told me "Mom, I didn't know I could be so happy! I was happy from the minute I woke up , until the minute I woke up again the next day." This coming from a young teen who had forgotten how to smile. He used to say camp was “for goofs and geeks ". The day I picked him up he said "Mom, can you please make sure I can come back again." I can't put into words the difference The YES made in his life. A heartfelt thank you to all who are involved with The YES on every level.