- Discounts to four annual events
- The Power of Self-Advocacy Workshop – Sept
- Be Your Own Superhero – November
- Assistive Technology: Leveling the Field for Dyslexic Students – March
- Trust and Empowerment Picnic – June
- Personal Ambassador Leader
- Parent Network and Support
- YES! Welcome Packet
Power of Self-Advocacy Event
Saturday, September 9th, 2017
The YES! (Youth Examples of Self Advocacy) Program in Massachusetts is holding it's annual Community Event called The Power of Self Advocacy. The event will be held on Saturday, September 9th at Chapel Hill Chauncy Hall from 9:30am-12:00pm. This program is a great opportunity for students ages 9 and up to explore their learning strengths and weaknesses, how to self advocate and more about dyslexia in general. Each participant will be paired up with a YES! Ambassador who has been trained in self-advocacy. This program is open to both YES! members and the community at large.
WHERE: Chapel Hill Chauncy Hall- 379 Lexington St, Waltham, MA 02452
*Entrance is at the Green Building attached to the old church building
Not a member yet? Those interested can sign-up for the program when you register for this event. BONUS: When you sign up for the YES! Program, you receive YES! member pricing for this event!
Join YES! Today
- Don't forget to wear your YES! shirt
- Note: A parent or guardian must attend this event with their students
- Previous YES! members can also renew online when registering for this event.
Meet the Ambassadors
Aidan is 13 years old and in the 8th grade. He was in public school until 5th grade, when he was diagnosed with dyslexia, and then he switched to a private school. It has totally changed his attitude toward reading. He got involved in the YES! Program because he wanted to help younger kids realize that being dyslexic isn’t a terrible thing. When he isn’t at school, he is usually on a basketball court or reading and listening to audiobooks.
Emily is an 8th grader at a public online school and hopes to attend a technical high school for 9th grade. She currently volunteers at a local day care with preschool students. Emily’s creativity appears in her talents of both baking and singing. She has always been a part of a chorus and has been in musical productions such as Shrek. Emily attends a Young Chef’s Program each summer and enjoys experimenting in the kitchen. Her portfolio of cakes and cupcakes just keeps growing.
Erin is 14 years old and attends 9th grade at a public school which focuses on animal, plant and agricultural mechanic science. Erin’s favorite academic subjects in school are history and science and she loves all of her vocational classes. Erin enjoys working with her hands to create school projects and is known for creating projects that are edible! Her favorite sports are hockey, skiing and softball and can be seen around town riding a unicycle. Working with kids with disabilities is one of Erin’s strengths. She was diagnosed with dyslexia in the 3rd grade and loves to share methods for coping with dyslexia with other students.
Jake is a sixth grader at his neighborhood public school. He is a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. He loves making movies with his friends and attends film making camps and workshops. His future plans may involve becoming a movie director. Jake continuously places first in his fencing and archery classes. He also enjoys football, target shooting, horseback riding, golf, tennis, soccer, hiking and skiing. Jake loves playing video games and hanging out with his friends. He especially loves being with his dog and cat. Jake is an active member of his church and he is involved in many community projects. Jake enjoys helping people and animals. Jake loves being a YES! Ambassador and a mentor. Jake wants to empower those with dyslexia and educate as many people as he can about dyslexia.
Johnny is 14 years old and a freshman in a public high school. Through hard work and perseverance, he has achieved honor roll status throughout his middle and high school years. His favorite subjects are the sciences and English Composition. He uses his “CRAZY strong” right-side brain to compensate for his problem-solving and language weaknesses and credits his attention to detail as to why he excels in Science. With his skills, he hopes to enjoy a career in science, architecture, or engineering. Johnny is an avid sailor and plays on two hockey teams. As a Learning Ally YES! Ambassador, he enjoys empowering our future scientists, authors, engineers, artists and entrepreneurs in reaching their goals.
Josh is a 9th grader at an independent school that teaches students with dyslexia. His favorite subjects are history and math. Outside of school, Josh is on his school’s x-country, swimming and track teams and swims for a team outside of school. Josh is one of 5 children in his family and he and 3 of his siblings have dyslexia.
Kate is thirteen years old and going into eighth grade. She was diagnosed with dyslexia in the fourth grade. Ever since then she has received useful assistive technologies, accommodations, and outside help. Today she gets straight A’s. Kate enjoys babysitting, track, cross-country, skiing, playing the saxophone, and hanging out with friends. She also likes paddle boarding and mountain biking with her family. In 6th grade, Kate started advocating and testifying at her local statehouse with Decoding Dyslexia, Massachusetts. She is very excited to be a YES! Ambassador and helping other children with their dyslexia.
Lily is 16 years old and a junior at a public high school. She takes all honors level classes and maintains high honor role. Science and math are her favorite subjects. She is a competitive dancer and is part of the varsity dance team at her local high school. At school, Lily also participates in the clubs Brownie For Books and Take Back The Night. In addition, she enjoys golfing, scrapbooking, and spending time with friends. While previously attending a private school for kids with dyslexia, Lily has become passionate for helping other students with their dyslexia and spreading awareness. Lily is excited to be a YES! Ambassador so that she can mentor younger students and help them be successful.
Sam is a freshman at a local private high school. Science and history are his favorite subjects. Sam is an avid fisherman and outdoorsman. He loves sharing his knowledge of nature and animals with kids and by making videos. Sam is a new ambassador in the YES! program and is looking forward to sharing his experiences as a dyslexic to help other kids succeed. He’s appreciative of this great opportunity to build his leadership skills and use his speaking skills!
Samantha is fourteen years old and a freshman at her public school. She was diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD in the fourth grade. She currently has trouble spelling, and working and reading quickly. Her strengths are math, science and creative ideas. One of Samantha’s favorite accommodations is her iPad, because of all the software and apps that are available to help her. Through hard work and dedication, she is taking honors-level classes and maintains an A average. She is the goalie on her high school soccer team, plays softball, basketball and coaches a 5th grade basketball team. She enjoys hanging out with friends and family, and playing with her dog, Taylor. She loves helping others understand their dyslexia and teaching them new ways to understand how to utilize their strategies while they grow into being strong self-advocates. Samantha is a proud YES! Ambassador and loves helping whenever she can.