YES! Foundation Records

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YES! Foundation Records

The materials in this online repository form part of a larger YES! Foundation record group held by the Bentley Historical Library. For a more complete index to the materials, please consult the collection's online finding aid.

For questions or more information, please contact the Bentley Historical Library's Division of Reference and Access Services

The YES Foundation, is a non-profit organization formed in 1992 by Julia T. Richie, a former business owner, accountant and the University of Michigan-Dearborn alumna. The foundation was created to empower children and young adults through the implementation, support, resources, and opportunities in employment, education, and enrichment. The record group comprises of administrative records, including legal (start-up) and board materials; records pertaining to the organizations affiliates and partnerships including various Detroit Metropolitan area charter and college preparatory schools; employee and volunteer materials; and events, including the Children’s Literature Conference and the Distinguished American Award ceremonies. The record group also comprises of materials related to various YES Foundation programs including background information, program curriculum, students (cohorts), and program director files for the YES for PREP program. The collection subsequently contains publications created by the YES Foundation, photographs, and digital components.

A visionary for academic and professional excellence, Julia T. Richie founded the YES Foundation in 1992 to raise money and mobilize volunteers to assist Detroit area African American students in developing their reading skills. Since its inception, the foundation has established additional programs to assist students from kindergarten to high school in developing the necessary skills to succeed academically and as future professionals. Many of the foundations prominent programs include but are not limited to the Buddy and Buddy Study program(s), KinderCamp and the Collaborative for Academic Proficiency (CAP). The YES Foundation also provides pre-employment training skills for young adults. In addition to the aforementioned programs, the foundation has expanded its focus to include the preparation of disadvantaged middle school students in and around the Detroit metropolitan area for entry into the country’s top college preparatory high schools and universities.

The YES for PREP program, modeled from New York’s Prep for Prep program, has developed an array of alliances with other organizations and institutions including the Skillman Foundation, the Detroit Free Press, Marygrove College, Ferris, Grand Valley, and Wayne State Universities. Similarly, the YES for PREP program has also aligned itself with numerous college preparatory high schools outside and around Michigan including the University of Detroit Jesuit High School (Detroit, Mich.), the Detroit Country Day School (Beverly Hills and Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Cranbrook Schools (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), the Phillips Academy (Andover, Mass.), the University Liggett School (Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich.), the Lawrenceville School (Lawrence Township, NJ), and the Hotchkiss School (Salisbury, Conn.). As a result of its ongoing success, the foundation now serves over 1500 students and young adults per year.

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Copyright has been transferred to the Regents of the University of Michigan.

Access to digitized sound recordings may be limited to the reading room of the Bentley Historical Library, located on the Ann Arbor campus of the University of Michigan.

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