Youth and Family Enrichment Services Inc. (YoFES) is in the business of changing and shaping lives. We make sure our partners are empowered by creating opportunities for individuals and communities.
The Open Access to Music Education for Children program provides the opportunity for a regular practice of musical self expression. Through weekly private lessons and ensemble work, our youth develop new musical skills, learn the value of dedication, and increase their own self confidence. To showcase the growth of our students, YoFES holds multiple concert events per year. Check out the Past Performances page and hear their incredible talent for yourself!
The After school Program provides the educational support which is missing, and necessary for kids children to succeed in finding their place in the world. Our support includes improving literacy, working to improve grades, leadership, and employment for the youth. They also learn the importance of self-care through nutrition, and a sense of pride in their heritage.
Our summer program is an opportunity for kids/children or our youth to focus on doing more of the things they love, with a professional direction and supervision. This gives the youth a chance to learn new skills and discover new talents through recreational and creative activities. We offer both academic and enrichment programs during the course of the day to give the youth the best of both worlds. By the end of the program they will showcase their creative skills to close and be refreshed academically for the upcoming school year.
Youth and Family Enrichment Services, Inc. hosted its fifth annual cultural celebration event, YoFestival 2016, on May 22, 2016 at the Roxbury Community College. This festival aims to showcase artistic talents of young and promising artist while presenting an award to a well-established Haitian Artist in the community. Using the theme “Expression of Haitian Culture, Pride & Spirit”, the talent competition was divided into 3 categories: Singing, Creative Writing, and Musical Instruments.
Targeted Health Initiatives
YoFES has been in the forefront of offering evidence based model and best practice interventions to adolescents and young adults living in Metro Boston who may be at risk for STIs and HIV risk transmission and acquisition. YoFES, through its Boston Public Health Commission funded P & E program, conducts STIs and HIV/AIDS training for Haitian youth, particularly newcomer Haitian immigrants between the ages of 15 to 25, throughout the year. YoFES’s Enhanced Project SMART curriculum includes the following key components for our target group: Screening and risk assessments, behavioral skills practice; group discussions and lectures, and safer sex negotiation and communication skills. We trained more than 240 young Haitian Americans this past year.