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Director of Development Sarah Conner: “Why I Say YES to YOUTH” Director of Development Sarah Conner shares her heart for the Just Say YES mission, and explains how your North Texas Giving Day gift impacts students’ lives in our community. Having lived in the great city of Dallas, Texas for 25 years, philanthropy has always been a...

Back to School Programs Start the 2019-2020 school year strong with a Just Say YES school assembly It’s a new school year, which means new pencils, new faces and new goals! Equip your students to start the 2019-2020 school year strong with a Just Say YES school assembly. Program topics may include (but are not limited to): ...

JSY Topics: Overcoming Adversity How does adversity affect the lives of young people? The definition of adversity is, “A state or instance of serious or continued difficulty or misfortune.” When it comes to adversity relative to today’s youth, support systems and resources need to be established in order to help them not only overcome, but change the trajectory...

JSY Topics: Drug and Alcohol Prevention Teen Substance Use and Risks With the stresses of peer pressure, physical changes and self-discovery, teens today are particularly at risk for abusing drugs, alcohol and other substances. As defined by Youth.gov, a U.S. government website that helps citizens create, maintain and strengthen effective youth programs, substance abuse is the harmful pattern...

JSY Topics: Dropout Prevention What are the dropout rates of U.S. high school students? As defined by the National Center for Education Statistics, the dropout rate represents the percentage of 16-24 year olds who are not enrolled in school and have not earned a high school credential (a diploma or an equivalency credential such as a GED...