People are Saying About YES
Writing about Adam Ballard in Dan Rather's
new book The American Dream. (Pg 161)
advice and counsel, YES brings in working writers, executives,
and celebrities to mentor youth on their projects and teach
them about the vast range of jobs behind the sense: "Real nuts
and bolts," as Adam calls them, "that you can't get anywhere
else." For Adam, it was a real chance to start turning his dreams
into reality. "I loved it. All the students loved it. We put
all our heart and soul in our projects." His first summer at
YES, 1995, he directed a short music video about a "bad seed"
who turned his life around with his cousin and fellow student
performing as rapper. Next year, he directed, produced, and
co-wrote a short film about abuse in teanage relationships.
Edward James Olmos,
Actor, Producer, Director
YES is one of the most innovative and exciting
educational programs I've come across. It brings together young
people from all backgrounds - Hispanic, African-American, Asian,
Caucasion - and gets them to focus on a goal and then work as
a team to complete projects.
The power of
the YES concept is that it "hooks" at risk youth through the
allure of the entertainment media and redirects them towards
education. YES proves that leading with the Arts produces real
results in the academic growth of young people.
I think YES
is a great idea . . it's a competitive world out there and to
have solid foundation in the business, learning from professionals
will help those who participate in YES compete in the real world.