Many of the jobs of the future haven’t even been imagined yet. The YES Program (Youth Exploring Science) prepares high school students for a new era by teaching STEAM skills that will enable them to innovate and adapt to new roles and technologies.
The YES Program is an integral part of the Saint Louis Science Center’s mission to ignite and sustain lifelong science and technology learning. Using an informal learning environment and project-based education in science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics, each year the YES Program helps 250 teenagers grow professionally and academically.
YES teens are chosen through our community partners, who provide technical and developmental skills to youth throughout the St. Louis area.
To learn more about the YES Program, contact our Educational Outreach department at 314.289.1414.
YES Program Components
Working closely with partners from NASA, the James S. McDonnell Planetarium, Boeing, Scott Air Force Base, and Saint Louis University, YES Teens in the Aerospace component work towards mastery in astronomy, flight, and living in space.
This component focuses on projects with chefs, food scientists, plant scientists, and others to learn about issues with plants and food and use that information to teach others.
College & Career Readiness
All YES teens participate in the CCR component, which maximizes individuals’ skills for a successful transition after high school. Teens follow specific educational tracks in academic development, career understanding, and financial literacy.
The Entrepreneur Component educates and empowers teens to become future stakeholders in their communities. YES teens work in project-based learning communities to create products and business prototypes.
Integrative Medicine & Well-Being
Integrative Medicine Teens focus on Sports Medicine to better understand how to prevent or offset heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Teens will develop workout circuits and spaces, complete nutritional need assessments, and master an understanding of how the musculoskeletal system functions.
Teens will discover and demonstrate the relationship between creativity and STEM using Raspberry Pis, 3-D printers, 3-D modeling software, CNC machines, and soldering stations. They will integrate engineering and computer design concepts to express their ideas and cultivate a Maker culture.
Media Lab focuses on mastering multimedia production. Rather than sitting through lectures, teens choose jobs found in professional production studios. They learn to perform these roles through mentoring, research, and experience.
YES Teen Ambassadors
YES Teen Ambassadors serve as liaisons between YES and the community. Their primary role is to represent the YES Program by promoting the importance of STEAM-related careers. Our Ambassadors also serve as a steering committee representing their fellow YES peers in the program’s decision-making process
Major supporters to the Science Center and YES program throughout the years include: The Boeing Company, Emerson, Mr. Jack C. Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. John F. McDonnell, Office of Naval Research, St. Louis Community Foundation, The Crawford Taylor Foundation, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, Dr. and Mrs. Philip Needleman, Mrs. Virginia J. Browning, National Science Foundation, MasterCard Worldwide, Norman J. Stupp Foundation – Commerce Bank Trustee, The Mysun Charitable Foundation, Enterprise Holdings, Mr. and Mrs. David P. Gast, Express Scripts, Inc., American Honda Foundation, Fox Family Foundation, Express Scripts Foundation, The Hearst Foundation, Inc. and Daughters of Charity Foundation of St. Louis.
The YES Program cultivates relationships with community-based organizations focused on wellness, diversity, and education. YES teens frequently work with these partners to facilitate science events and participate in internships.
21st Century Afterschool
Better Family Life
Blossomwood Day School
Boys and Girls Club of Greater St. Louis
Cognizant Technology Solutions
De La Salle Middle School
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
East St. Louis Community College
Family Resource Center/ MMP
Forest Park Forever
Forest Park Pharmacy
Gia Community Development Corp
Girls Scouts of Southern Illinois
Harris Stowe State University
Illinois Math and Science Academy
Marian Middle School
Marygrove Child Center
Matthews Dickey Boys and Girls Club
Mission: St. Louis
Monsanto Family YMCA
New Life Community Church
Northside Youth And Senior Services Center, Inc.
Park Central Development
Project Raise The Roof
Saint Louis Torchbearers 2
SLPS – Gateway
SLPS – LeClaire
SLPS – NROTC
SLPS – Peabody
SLU – Educational Talent Search
St. Louis Black Rep
St. Louis College of Health Careers
St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church
St. Charles Lwanga Center
St. John Community Improvement Corporation
St. Louis ArtWorks
St. Louis City Family Court
St. Vincent Greenway, Inc.
Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc., St. Louis Chapter