Youth Eastside Services helps kids and families coping with issues such as emotional distress, substance abuse and violence. Courtesy photo

Youth Eastside Services helps kids and families coping with issues such as emotional distress, substance abuse and violence. Courtesy photo

YES is lifeline for kids coping with challenges | Season of Giving

The Reporter highlights nonprofit organizations serving the Mercer Island community.

  • Thursday, December 7, 2017 2:30pm
  • Life

Editor’s note: This feature is part of an ongoing series that highlights nonprofit organizations serving the Mercer Island community.

What is the mission of your organization? Youth Eastside Services (YES) is a lifeline for kids and families coping with challenges such as emotional distress, substance abuse and violence. Through intervention, outreach and prevention, YES builds confidence and responsibility in young people, strengthens family relationships and advocates for a safer community that cares for its youth.

How many people does your organization help? 55,000 this year, at over 70 different locations.

What is your greatest need? Our greatest need is to be able to provide behavioral health services for all children, youth and families in East King County, regardless of their ability to pay. Each year, the majority of our clients are low income. These families are uninsured, their medical benefits do not include enough mental health coverage, or they are unable to afford co-pays. Private donations and community support allow YES to remain the only state-licensed Community Mental Health Center and state-certified Outpatient Chemical Dependency Treatment Program in East King County to provide free or reduced-fee services.

How can the community help your organization? Donate, follow us on Facebook, visit our website, and help spread the word about our services so we can help more kids in need.

Is there anything else you would like to add? Next year YES will be celebrating 50 years of providing life-changing services to youth and families on the Eastside, keep an eye on our website to learn more about our history and how you can celebrate with us.

What is the best way for the community to contact you? To learn more about YES and the services we offer, visit our website or contact Lindsey Peterson, fund development coordinator: LindseyP@YouthEastsideServices.org.

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