YES Company is a
year-round performing arts/career, prevention/intervention program that
provides a comprehensive musical theatre experience for students to
learn positive alternatives to potential high-risk behaviors.
Participants acquire lifetime skills of leadership, communication,
teamwork, discipline, and a strong work ethic.
Company, chartered in 1992 by the Stanislaus County Office of Education
and Modesto City Schools, provides students with a fulfilling activity
in a safe, nurturing environment, where differences are valued and
celebrated. Utilizing theater as a tool to impact behavior positively,
YES Company breaks down cultural/economic/social/academic boundaries
fostering new talents and abilities. Students finish YES Company more
empowered, increasing involvement in school/the community/the work
YES Company is supported by the Education Foundation of Stanislaus
County, as well as grants and donations from individuals, businesses,
civic organizations, and philanthropic endeavors. Over 100 community
volunteers, including theatre professionals, donate time, guidance, or
materials at an estimated $100,000 of in-kind service each year.
Overall, well over 1,000 students, every school in the county
represented, have participated in YES Company. Students who might never
have acknowledged one another become lifelong friends. Over 100,000
community members have attended YES Company performances/activities in
the past 20 years.
Company’s goal of involving not only Modesto youth, but youth
county-wide, has led to many deeply developed partnerships. Ongoing
collaborations with Modesto Junior College and CSU Stanislaus allow students to earn
college credits, work on college campuses, and feel encouraged to take their education beyond high
Citizens are integral, serving as guest speakers, professional
consultants, and volunteers. The public is given the opportunity to
observe teens engaging in significant work and, in turn, can take pride
in the youth of their community.
Company continues its youth outreach through the inception of YES
Kidettes, YES Kids,
YES Grads and YES Ambassadors. All facets considered, an estimated
25,000 community members will be involved or observe a YES Company
performance or activity this year.