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YES New York

Program Description

YES is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that aims to provide long-term holistic support services that meet students' academic and socio-emotional needs throughout their educational journey. Our scholars come from racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds that have traditionally been underserved by New York City Public Schools.

Students are selected during the 6th grade from six public middle schools in Manhattan's District 5 in Central & West Harlem. In the summer prior to 7th grade, scholars participate in our Columbia University based summer program, which blends field trips around New York City, outdoor experiences, test prep for high school exams, and a culminating final project. Beginning in 7th grade and continuing throughout 8th grade students receive weekly in-school sessions, and weekly Saturday enrichment programming at Columbia University. YES programming is additionally focused on the preparation of our scholars for high school applications, including screened public, specialized, and independent high schools.

As Scholars progress through the YES trajectory in high school, they benefit from individualized programming, including but not limited to: high school and college admissions counseling, resume building, SAT Prep, access to summer programs tailored to their interests, and a strong community of their peers. Through social-emotional support, involvement with family and community, and a long-term commitment to each student's individual path, YES seeks to empower students in every aspect of their lives.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Arts and cultural
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • College transition and retention support
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Leadership development
  • Mentoring
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
  • Science, tech, engineering, & math (STEM)


Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 40
  • Middle School: 46
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 15
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically High-performing
  • ESL Students


  • Between 50% and 75%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Amherst College
  • Bard College
  • Columbia University in the City of New York
  • CUNY City College (2)
  • CUNY Hunter College
  • CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • Georgetown University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Spelman College
  • SUNY at Albany
  • SUNY at Purchase College
  • University of Southern California