2012-2013 School Year Marks 25th Anniversary of the Program
The Project Y.E.S. (Youth Experiencing Success) program in Allegany County Public Schools is one that offers in-school support, tutoring services, and guidance in career planning to all qualifying students in grades six through twelve. There is a Project Y.E.S. office located in each area high school combining with that school’s feeder middle school. The upcoming school year will mark the 25th anniversary of the implementation of the program.
At the conclusion of last school year, Project Y.E.S. coordinators asked students for their opinions of the program, and the testimonials from participants was overwhelmingly positive. “Project Y.E.S. has been life-changing,” said Alisa, a senior last year at Fort Hill. “It has made me set a career plan, and I am now enrolled in college. It has opened my eyes for the future, and is a great way for students to improve themselves.” Jamie, a student at the Career Center, said “Project Y.E.S. has helped me study better. It helped me learn there are others out there like me that need help too.”
“I have prospered from the Project Y.E.S. program by improving my grades and it helps with my homework,” said Randy, and eighth grade student at Mt. Savage Middle School last year. Billy, a sophomore at Mountain Ridge last year, echoed these sentiments. “I feel that this program has helped me academically and socially. Whenever I need help, I can go to Project Y.E.S. to get homework help and use their resources to help me finish projects.”
LeighAnn, an eighth grader last year at Washington Middle School, said “It has helped me to be a better person. Y.E.S. is fun and has helped me come out of my shell.” Fellow middle-schooler, Erica of Westmar Middle, said “I feel Project Y.E.S. gives us a chance to be with new people and excel in our learning.”
Project Y.E.S. teaches basic skills in reading and math, addresses study and organizational skills, monitors student progress, develops career activities, plans for transitioning from middle to high school and beyond, and fosters a working relationship between parents and schools. The program also offers students incentives and rewards for positive attitudes, good grades, good attendance, and showing improvement. Students may even earn opportunities for job shadowing, field trips, or cultural activities.
The 2012-2013 Project Y.E.S. coordinators are Terena Roberts, Allegany High School, Braddock Middle School and Career Center; Sydney Sibley, Fort Hill High School and Washington Middle School; and Terri Danner, Mountain Ridge High School, Westmar Middle School and Mt. Savage Middle School. For more information on the program, you may contact the schools directly, or contact Dr. Ben Brauer, Program Supervisor, at 301 759 2410.