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.
YoFestival is an annual event held by YoFES in honor of Haitian Mother's Day. Traditionally, it also marks the conclusion of Haitian Heritage Month festivities in Boston. Friends and supporters gather together to celebrate the strength, progress, and the thriving culture of the greater Boston Haitian community. Students perform to compete for prizes and to showcase their yearly musical development and audiences also enjoy appearances by YoFES Staff, local artists, and public figures.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, YoFES was unable to host an in-person event for YoFestival 2020. However, we were still able to create an exciting, vibrant virtual program! Check it out on the right!
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 enrichment program, YoFES Youth Builders Summer (YBS) Camp, is designed to provide Boston area children and youth with a safe, structured environment to explore their curiosity, be creative continuing engaging in the activities they love. This year (2020), YBS Camp presents a unique opportunity for participant to experience a wide variety of creative and performing arts. Our campers will immerse themselves in exciting activities such as singing, instrumental music, dance, and theatre, all of which will be lead by highly qualified teaching artists and professionals. We'll also host daily "Virtual Adventure Time" sessions, where students will gain scientific knowledge, explore creative writing and language arts, and discover new, amazing things about the world around them.