The Youth Empowerment Society
Empowering Youth to Make Better, Informed and Healthier Life Decisions
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Since 2008, the Hamilton County Coalition has been a community “change agent” with a mission to facilitate community change through comprehensive strategies, capacity building, community collaboration, and neighborhood problem-solving.
It’s critical to prevent youth from ever getting involved in these dangerous lifestyles to reduce the harms caused by illicit drug distribution, substance abuse, gang affiliation/violence, early high school drop-out, and more. With knowledge being power, the Youth Empowerment Society Summer Program was born in 2015.
The Y.E.S. Program utilizes the expertise of the Coalition’s membership to train and mentor youth participants. The young people, in turn, mentor at-risk elementary and middle school-aged youth across Chattanooga about the dangers associated with illicit drug use and violence while also assisting the Coalition with health fairs, community prescription drug take-backs, town hall meeting and social media campaigns.
Over 70 Y.E.S. ambassadors have graduated from the program. Among other impactful accomplishments like mentoring over 750 at-risk youth, Y.E.S. ambassadors convinced the Hamilton County School Board to revise the tobacco policy to make every school in Hamilton County a 100% tobacco-free campus.