Congratulations to the YES Class of 2021!

Starting in their freshman year, YES (Youth Exploring Science) teens meet regularly in sessions that develop the tools needed for a successful transition into higher education or a career. This year, 34 seniors will be graduating from the YES Program in April. They will be going into fields as varied as law, child psychology and neonatal nursing. The future is bright for all the graduating YES seniors, and we wish them well!


of the seniors are going on to college,

while others chose military or a trade school.


Career Goal: Air Force


“For me, the YES Program was a place where you can explore and learn new things. A place that can help you be more open and confident in yourself. This place prepares you for life and opportunities for the future. I am so glad that I got to work in a place like this.”


Career Goal: Mechanical Engineering


“The YES Program has given me work experience as well as providing me with experiences that most people probably wouldn’t get to experience in their life. I learned a lot about aviation and I once again worked on overcoming my social awkwardness.”


Career Goal: Forensic Pathologist


“The YES Program has helped me by improving my communication skills. I have learned to speak with volume in my voice and make sure what I say is heard.”


Career Goal: Cardiologist


“YES means a lot to me because it was my first job and I have had so many experiences. It prepared me with how to communicate with people no matter what their ages, such as kids, teenagers and adults.”


Career Goal: Pharmacist


“The YES Program helped me learn three things: how to collaborate with a small group to help a larger group; how to entertain people of all ages, backgrounds, and experiences; and how to make good connections with professionals.”

Thank You for Supporting YES

We would like to thank all our donors to the YES Program and especially recognize our donors who gave $500 and above from January 1 –December 31, 2020.

American Family Insurance
Dreams Foundation
Bellwether Foundation
Best Buy Foundation
Blues for Kids
The Boeing Company
Burroughs Wellcome Fund
Cardinals Care
Dana Brown Charitable Trust
Electrical Connection
GSK/The Franklin Institute
Frank Leta Auto Group
Heartland Coca-Cola
Henry A. Jubel Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Honigfort
Laura J. Niles Foundation
Thomas and Sharon McPherron
Missouri Beef Industry Council
Norman J. Stupp Foundation
Olin Corporation Charitable Trust
The Saigh Foundation
Society for Information Management–St. Louis Chapter
Toyota U.S.A. Foundation

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