all you have to do is say yes!

We’re inviting 10 teens, preferably middle (50% or more) & high school school aged or who live in neighborhoods with high rates of youth incarceration and/or probation to join our pilot youth empowerment program, YES!

Fenix Youth Project’s Youth Empowerment Solutions (YES) is different from other kinds of programs for youth. Unlike other programs, YES is not only focused on the youth in the program. Instead, youth in the YES program work to change the community as a way to prevent youth violence. In YES, youth are part of the solution; they have power to make decisions about how to make their community more peaceful and stop youth violence. Youth and adults work together to accomplish the program goals. 

Short Term Goals

  • Empower youth to change their community. 

  • Create a positive setting for youth to develop. 

  • Help form positive relationships among youth and adults.

Long Term Goals

  • Change conditions in the community that play a part in causing youth violence.

  • Promote attitudes that support community participation and nonviolence.

  • Reduce the number of youth who are victims and perpetrators of violence