Your dollars are the reason BYS is able to provide youths with the support and skills that will last them a lifetime. Your generosity allows us to offer evidence-based learning, to innovate, to adapt, and to create new programs to meet the evolving needs of teens – for free. Your donations also allow BYS to provide a safe and quiet place for young people to decompress, study or grab a healthy snack.
In 2019, BYS programs served over 700 youth and the demand is rising. So are the costs – especially during Covid-19. The real cost of one hour of counseling — $125 — includes all usual business expenses as well as behind-the-scenes staff time and pandemic adjustments.
Your Dollars Count
During the unusual spring and summer of 2020, generous donors responded with a $9,000+ emergency fund, giving us the flexibility to adapt services, maintain staffing, establish protocols and keep the BYS virtual doors open:
- Counseling and peer tutoring were switched from in-person to virtual sessions.
- Lead from Within students designed “Support Cards” that were sent to the home addresses of over 2,000 peers in grades 7 – 12.
- Virtual social events were designed by students and included cooking, yoga, and rock painting.
Here is some helpful information to inform your donation: