Announcing a new program enhancement: "My Rising Star Record"

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Unique Journals that will be kept by each youth in our Rising Star program and his or her adult Committed Partner. Recording their thoughts, feelings, successes and failures, hopes and fears, the process will enhance communication between them and facilitate the successful completion of promises made by the youth for self-improvement. Watch for more news here.

Our Mission

YES!Atlanta seeks to give at-risk teenagers a chance to experience personal success through voluntary programs based on long-term regular support by committed, caring and trained adults.

Youth and Mentor

Our goals are to:
  • Increase academic skills and performance
  • Reduce self-defeating behaviors
  • Increase self-esteem
  • Raise graduation rates
  • Improve relationships with all around them


Our History


In 1988 a small group of citizens concerned about despair among inner-city youth joined hands to create what later became YES!Atlanta (YES stands for Youth Experiencing Success ). We delivered our first Rising Star program in 1990, and Coaching for Success in 1993.

In the years since, Rising Star and Coaching for Success (now merged into Rising Star) impacted the lives of nearly 1,000 teenagers. In 1993, President George H.W. Bush named YES!Atlanta America's 1,003rd "Point of Light" in recognition of the quality of our work with at-risk teens.


Many thanks to these recent supporters

The Rich Foundation

And these generous individuals and organizations

Kevin Campbell

The Rich Foundation

Winston Wilson

Michael Halpern

Jennifer Koontz

Scott Cullen

John Nixon

Carmen Davis

Christi Johnson

John Hatfield

Ken Schuckers

Madison Fisher

Harold Hardnett

Paul Isler DDS

Gordon Waller

Joyce Abrams

Laller DeCosta

Alison Halpern

Marcus Ladd


The National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (Georgia Chapter) continues their generous multi-year support of the work we have been doing to make a difference with the at-risk youth of Atlanta. We thank them again!


The Coretta Scott King Young Women's Leadership Academy

Coretta Scott King Young Women's Leadership Academy Rising Stars with their Committed Partners from the Epsilon Iota Psi Sorority at Oglethorpe University.

Meeting every Friday afternoon during the school year, CSKYWA Rising Stars and their YES!Atlanta volunteer mentors discuss how one of these five Program Cornerstones applies to their life, now and in the future:

Possibility, Responsibility, Commitment, Support and Forgiveness.

Our goal is to have these young women graduate high school and continue maturing into successful and fulfilled adulthood. Every dollar you contribute will go toward generating the resources we need to continue to produce this unique and transformative program.


"It might have been my son in that orange jump suit...."

A long-time YES!Atlanta volunteer's personal story

To read this story, click here


 PO BOX 54692
  Atlanta, GA 30308

Email to Mary Mitchell

Executive Director

Email to Dottie Wimberly

Program Director

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