These projects are designed, planned, and led by students in the Youth Empowerment Solutions (YES) program at Beach Middle School, according to the press release.
Developed by the University of Michigan School of Public Health Prevention Research Center, the YES Program builds teamwork and leadership skills of middle school students, and prepares them to implement their own community improvement projects.
More than 40 students have participated in the YES program since it was first implemented in Chelsea in 2009. During four YES workshops, youth meet with Chelsea leaders, tour a community asset, and conduct a “wind-shielding” activity, where they learn how to identify community strengths and liabilities.
The YES Program kicked-off this week at the middle school with 20 students participating.
Past YES team projects have included: Operation Active, an after-school field day at Beach Middle School; Leap for Faith, a collection of birthday party supplies for families at Faith in Action; SRSLY Educ8, a bullying prevention assembly; and Bag n’ Tag, an informational brochure on prescription drug abuse.
The CEF grant will support each project team’s budget, helping them purchase supplies and other necessary items for implementation, from brochures and posters for educational projects, to refreshments or prizes for community events.
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