(YESS Program - Youth Educational Support Specialists)
SOAR’s educational services meet our youth wherever support is needed. The Youth Educational Support Specialist’s (YESS) act as a liaison between the youth and the school, connecting and collaborating with school professionals who can positively impact the youth's needs during school hours.
The YESS works alongside youth and their families to provide assistance on navigating different aspects of technology in regards to accessing and completing school work and assesses, assists, and encourages SOAR youth during the learning process. The YESS observes and documents the client’s progress, reviews materials used in classes, explains various topics, and addresses all doubts and questions of the client regarding school topics. The YESS provides services in-person or virtually, and may also work at schools giving extra support for clients needing extra support in specific subjects.
Of the 220+ youth SOAR has served in 2020, approximately 50% of those youth were referred specifically for aspects of educational support. Currently, 83% of youth in SOAR programming receive educational support, demonstrating the success and interest in our educational programming since implementing YESS.