Students in the YES Summer School also take part in various enrichment activities, including engineering, drumming, health care science, culinary arts, cosmetology, digital media and library research. David Perdue with S.A.G.E. (Students Affecting Generations Everywhere) partnered with the summer program to provide students a physical fitness outlet.
“We do assessments on kids and give them pedometers to track their steps,” Perdue said. “We also do a nutritional component along with the fitness component.”
Javian Lawson, a rising sophomore and second year YES program student, decided to take advantage of the summer school as an opportunity to continue enhancing his academics.
“I thought you never can learn too much. I knew I could be better and do better than I did last year,” said Lawson, who aims to pursue a career in the military or as an actor or artist after graduation. “It’s helped me a lot with things I didn’t know. You learn a lot in the YES program and you can still have fun.”
The summer component will conclude today with a short culmination ceremony to thank parents and showcase talents of participating youth.
“I’ll be part of the group rapping about Edgar Allan Poe,” said Da’Quan Shelley, 14. “I definitely recommend the YES program to other students. It’s a lot of fun and it has helped me understand math.”
The YES program during the regular school year kicks off in September and will continue each day after school from 3 to 5 p.m. through the beginning of May. The program’s mission is to raise achievement and educational aspirations for students in grades three through 12 each school day, ultimately aiming for students to work together in order to build a whole community that says “yes” to making promises come true. YES is a collaborative project of Georgia College, the Baldwin County Board of Education and Baldwin County Parks and Recreation.