Project Y.E.S! Overview

The Youth Extension Service (YES) project was created in response to the growing need of youth development programming for military families involved in all phases of military deployments. This initiative, designed to expand and enrich the efforts of the Yellow Ribbon Program (YRP) and other military children and youth programs, is funded and made possible through a Memorandum of Understanding between the Department of Defense and the United States Department of Agriculture, National Institute for Food and Agriculture Partnership for military families.

Project YES provides youth development programming for military families affected by deployments or other service related programs. This goal is accomplished through a cadre of college undergraduate and graduate students who serve as YES staff interns for one year. Prospective interns are recruited from through a national application and interview process. Upon selection, Project YES interns receive high-level training in leadership development, facilitation skills, youth development and curriculum. As a result of the training and experience, they become highly skilled youth development leaders and facilitators. YES interns are equipped with cutting-edge technology and support to ensure their success.

Project YES interns will also work with an assigned professional mentor throughout their year of service and complete a career-enhancing project. Topics will be approved by the Project YES director. Interns seeking academic credit for the internship and/or related project are responsible for all coordination, paperwork, tuition, etc., required by their individual educational institutions.