y.e.s - nashville

Youth Encouragement Services (YES) of Nashville strives to enrich the lives of children in inner city Nashville by encouraging them to reach their full potential.  


Through daily programs such as tutoring, summer camp, a basketball league, job skills training, and other recreational and cultural activities, low-income children are given a positive alternative to the streets and opportunities for a bright future.


MEET Y.E.S STUDENTS

50/50 mentor program

The 50/50 Mentoring Program fosters positive results in the personal, educational and professional development of local college students.  Students are selected to participate in enrichment workshops and seminars facilitated by mentors, motivational speakers, career and industry professionals.  


The programs overall purpose is to aid in the successful graduation of each student.  In return, the college students provide FREE tutoring through volunteer service hours to inner city youth participating in after school programs.  They help inspire the next generation of youth to go to college and fulfill their personal and professional goals. 


50/50 STUDENT TESTIMONIALS

50/50  graduate testimonials

  • richard mead

    psychology/English/pre-law - Fisk University 2015

    “The 50/50 Mentoring Program has given me an opportunity to network with & pique the minds of numerous alumni and professionals. It has instilled in me a sense of service & aspiring to give back. I am able to make a difference in a child’s life at an early stage, which goes to show the massive impact this program can have in the lives of future students. Fisk Forever!”


  • richard baylor

    sociology, fisk university - 2015

    “I now really have a sense of work ethic and how to network and converse with people in a more professional manner. I attribute that to my involvement in the 50/50 Mentoring Program at Fisk University. I want to return the favor with our youth because of the impact this program has made on me. To see the faces when I help tutor or mentoring is an amazing feeling of accomplishment. I had mentors who gave back to me when I was growing up who showed me the right path and I now have a platform to pay it forward to the next generation.”


  • shantil Lewis

    psychology and business - fisk university - 2017

    “I am more open and able to come out of my comfort zone as a member of the 50/50 Mentoring Program at Fisk Universit. I’ve expanded my horizons when it comes to meeting new people and overall has helped me develop into a well-rounded person. I like the idea that our program teaches us how to return the favor to youth that live in the inner city Nashville community. They are the future and I want to help remove the label of “inner city youth” while expanding their expectations of themselves so history won’t repeat itself.”


  • Ashton stansbury

    business admin/mgmt., Fisk University - 2016

    “Being involved in the 50/50 Mentoring Program at Fisk University has given the opportunity to not be on the path to being a statistic. It has afforded me to meet people that I never thought I would meet. I’ve decided to return the favor by helping inner city youth because I don’t want them to be labeled as statistics either. I want them to be more than what society or their environment says they have to be.”