YESS Academy Classroom
Welcome to the YESS Classroom
Watch our Welcome Video to see how it works!
Our SEL specialties
Student mentees are matched with peer mentors and work one-on-one for an entire academic year developing SEL skills, academic supports, and leadership skills through the "Road to Success" curriculum.
What community leaders are saying
Check out our impact on students:
of YESS students demonstrate positive changes in social-emotional learning
of YESS students see an increase in earned school credits
of YESS seniors achieve post-secondary acceptance
of YESS students are on track to graduate.
Some feedback from our students and instructors
“Learned so much from YESS ”
“I’ve learned a lot from being a part of the YESS classroom. Leadership skills. Being able to pass my classes. Staying on track to graduate. It has helped me so much more than I ever expected.”
YESS Student Mentee at North High School
“One of the best things that happened to the school”
“The program being here at West Leadership Academy is one of the best things that has happened to the school. The curriculum itself provides SEL skills and a classroom where we can have discussions on race, drugs, alcohol, abuse – all relevant issues that we still face today in any classroom.”
Carlos Villagrana-Juarez; YESS Program Manager & former YESS Student
“Lead by example ”
“One thing I’m learning as a leader in the YESS classroom is that you have to lead by example. Because if you’re doing well, your mentee will do well.”
Devin, YESS Student Mentor Lead at North High School
Road to Success Curriculum
Road to Success contains six interdisciplinary units and over 250 hours of educational instruction based on leading research in fields of adolescent brain development, trauma-informed care, and mental health support and is aligned with best practices in positive youth development and cross-age peer leadership.
Peer Leadership Development
By working one-on-one and in small peer groups, students cultivate a more equitable learning community that lends confidence and comfort to learning, connecting, and coping.
Leading research evidences that adolescents are the primary influence on other adolescents; youth behavior complies to the norms of the cohort to which they do, or want to, belong to.
Unlocking student potential
Each lesson is intentionally constructed to provide every student with essential social-emotional tools for lifelong success in school, relationships, and life. Unit content includes building community; developing personal identity; drug and substance use prevention; financial literacy; practicing accountability; and pursuing social justice.
880+ Page SEL Curriculum
Unique Learning Paths
Peer Leadership Model
Meets National Standards
- Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning
- Colorado Department Education Academic Standards