The Youth Empowerment Series (YES)

The Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) is dedicated to providing access to resources that offer support and empower Georgians and their families, thus ensuring “Stronger Families for a Stronger Georgia.” Each respective division - Aging Services, Child Support Services and Family and Children Services – acts as an integral piece in delivering those services to Georgia families.

A critical component of the anatomy of Georgia’s families are children. The Youth Empowerment Series (YES) is an outreach program that seeks to develop a generation of young people who are engaged in the needs of their communities and are equipped to educate and recruit others to help DHS build Stronger Families for a Stronger Georgia.   YES began in 2016 with a group of 51 high school students from around the state who participated in several “meetups”. At each meetup, participants developed leadership skills through meaningful conversation with state and local leadership, examined critical issues that face Georgia youth, and participated in community service.

Mission
Support Georgia’s families by providing opportunities for empowerment, learning and community impact to youth

Vision
Transforming Georgia families by empowering youth to be tomorrow’s leaders, today

Values

  • The Blueprint. YES is a community-minded program that empowers youth to be the blueprint for change in their communities and in the state.
  • Input on Issues. YES values teen-youth input on the services DHS provides to Georgia families. Our program encourages youth to tap into the importance of their opinion and participation.
  • Leadership. YES champions leadership development through workshops, networking and invaluable experiences in order to grow a generation of young trailblazers.  
  • Workforce Development. YES focuses on practical, personal and professional development through events like career panels, with a belief that this program enables youth to recognize and harness their own potential.
  • Exposure. YES exposes participants to the work of the Department through our three divisions and informs participants of the needs of the vulnerable Georgians we serve.

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