The demand for YES Institute education has never been higher, and it is our goal to raise $300,000 by the end of 2018 to meet that demand! We invite you to be part of the solution in keeping all youth safe by pledging to this campaign. Achieving this fundraising goal will allow us to reach 4,000 additional youth, families, teachers, and community members with our life-saving education.
Patricia McKay Verbeeck’s 17-year-old child took their life by suicide on March 6, 2018. Hope, born as Eric Verbeeck, was in the process of a gender transition to female, and her tragic death highlights the urgency of prevention education to keep our youth alive and safe.
People across South Florida are opening their hearts and contributing to YES Institute in Hope's memory, honoring a request Hope made in her good-bye letter. Please consider contributing today and be part of preventing the heart-breaking loss of another young life.
Instructors who invite YES Institute to their class are providing students with access to the latest research, critical thinking, and first-hand life experiences on gender and orientation. We’ve also worked with dozens of administrators, educators and students (from pre-school all the way to graduate level) to create tools, trainings and curricula that create a safe and supportive environment for students as well as staff and faculty.
Fear around gender and orientation can often be linked to substance abuse, homelessness, and families torn apart. Residents of Camillus House courageously shared how stigma surrounding gender and orientation has impacted their lives.
YES Institute courses give participants the opportunity to examine how gender and orientation impacts everyone. Gain new skills through communication that support shifting the focus from reacting to addressing bullying at its source, and powerful communication tools that give you access to breakthroughs and the opportunity to produce results even in the face of disagreement.
"I am so used to arguing with people because I am always ‘right’ and they are ‘wrong’ but this course changed my perspective. I can still keep relationships with people by finding a solution instead of arguing with them.”
-13 year old youth, Communication Solutions™ participant
Come join us in our next upcoming courses, yesinstitute.org/courses
New study published by researchers from University of Miami and YES Institute, reveals prevalence of anti-gay & gender-related verbal and physical bullying in Florida schools. This study will hopefully bring more awareness to these topics!
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Internships with YES Institute provide opportunities to contribute to our groundbreaking work and receive training in our powerful models of communication and education.
YES Institute Educational Dialogues
YES Institute uses a powerful model of communication to engage participants in authentic and open discussions that include all viewpoints and beliefs. These dialogues give people the opportunity to publicly speak their fears, concerns and questions, often for the first time. Once misinformation and fears have been addressed, people begin to generate solutions and take actions to ensure the healthy development of all youth.
We deliver groundbreaking research-based education on the topics of gender, orientation, communication and bullying.
Our courses are designed for youth and their families, schools, universities, therapists, healthcare providers, religious communities, and systems of care.
Participants authentically share their attitudes and beliefs on gender and orientation, examine behaviors that contribute to unsafe/unsupportive environments, gain practical tools for preventing bullying behaviors, and suicidal thoughts/actions among youth,
and take steps toward creating environments where ALL youth are safe and supported, and families stay connected.
We connect communities across South Florida, the US and Latin America through videoconferencing and travel. Our work is also available in the Spanish, Haitian Creole and American Sign languages.
Volunteer & Internship Program
YES Institute’s extraordinary Volunteer & Internship program allows us to keep pace with the rising demand for our work. Our Volunteer & Internship program provides:
- Ongoing training and development to increase your abilities as a powerful communicator, one who can touch hearts and inspire others to take action.
- Immersion in the latest community-based research and critical thinking on gender and orientation.
- An experience of co-creating powerful learning environments where people with diverse backgrounds and experiences can find shared understanding.