On April 15th, more than forty students from West Nashville’s “Nations” neighborhood were recognized for Academic, Excellence, Achievement, Improvement, and Diligence at an Honors Dinner hosted by the staff of West Nashville’s Youth Encouragement Service (YES). The honored students, all participate in the daily after school tutoring program offered by Y.E.S.
Nashville Judge and West Nashville native, Bill Higgins who serves on the Board of Youth Encouragement Services attended the dinner. Serving a community where almost half the adults have not obtained a high school diploma, and where the current drop out rate at the local high school is twice the county average, Higgins said that he “was proud to be small part of this wonderful organization that helps lift up West Nashville’s children.” Active in the local community Judge Higgins is committed to serving West Nashville and was instrumental in establishing the YES center four years ago.
West Nashville’s Y.E.S. center directors Dave and Suzie Estes work daily with their students and provide innovative methods to inspire and encourage the children in their program. In February the center hosted fifteen Fulbright scholars from fourteen different countries. Representing multiple fields of study including engineering, archaeology, architecture, and political science , the visiting scholars met the center’s high school students and discussed the importance of setting and fulfilling educational goals.
To learn more about Youth Encouragement Services visit www.youthencouragement.org. The center is located at Saint Lukes Community House at 1605 56th Avenue North.