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Youth Empowerment Support & Services

YESS is a non-profit organization that is relentlessly dedicated to shaping the future of Edmonton by supporting youth facing difficult realities.

Over the years, thousands of kids have come through our door. It all started in 1978 when a group of concerned individuals established the Youth Emergency Shelter Society in response to a gap in our social services system which was devoid of services for homeless children between the age of 16 and 18.

The society provided youth with shelter, safety, and hope during difficult times. Since then we have grown into so much more than an emergency shelter and have changed our name to Youth Empowerment & Support Services to better reflect what we do.

In addition to providing emergency shelter, we also offer youth ongoing support programs and individual guidance through a non-judgmental, relationship-based approach that allows them to heal from traumatic experiences and rebuild their lives.

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