YES is thrilled to welcome four new staff members to the Program team. Read below to learn more!
Adventure Programs Coordinator, Up2Us – Coach Across America
Rosa is originally from Connecticut. She attended Southern Connecticut State University for both her undergraduate and masters degrees. Rosa has extensive experience working with youth, including working for multiple state Parks and Recreation departments in Connecticut and summer camps. Rosa holds certifications in several outdoor activities, including kayaking and canoeing, and is a Leave No Trace master educator. Rosa says she is excited to be a part of the YES community as the Adventure Programs Coordinator and get involved with the YES Track & Field program!
Leadership Corps Success Coordinator, Mass Promise Fellow
Tess is originally from North Carolina and studied at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Her college experience was profoundly impacted by her involvement with a campus service learning organization that taught her how to practice pairing values with action. Tess spent three summers journeying across states and continents on bikepacking trips with students through Overland Summers. Witnessing students’ incredible determination and leadership inspired her to pursue work that empowers young people realize their potential. Her position as the Leadership Corps Success Coordinator at YES intersects her passion for connecting young people to meaningful service, leadership development, and experiential education.
Youth Leadership Coordinator
Emma is originally from Indiana and spent the past year completing a year as YES’s Adventure Programs Coordinator through Up2Us – Coach Across America. While she was in college, Emma spent a significant amount of time in the outdoor education department which allowed her to study abroad in New Zealand and hike part of the Camino de Santiago in Spain. Emma also spent several summers working at childcare centers and camps as a trip leader. Before coming to YES last fall, she spent the a year serving in an Americorps position at a non-profit loan lending organization in Boston. YES is thrilled that Emma is joining the team as a full-time staff member supporting YES teens.
College Prep Coordinator, Mass Promise Fellow
Amanda is originally from Kentucky and recently graduated from Wellesley College where she majored in Education Studies. Amanda’s background includes working with young people, writing, and marketing. Most recently, Amanda served as a Digital Marketing Intern at the MIT Press and previously served as the Storytelling Coordinator for the National Student Voice Organization. While in high school, a private college counselor worked with Amanda to research post-secondary transitions and figure out why many students like her do not go to college. Without college counseling, Amanda says she would have never known what was possible. She is excited to work with YES teens as our College Prep Coordinator to help them succeed in the same way!