Youth Empowerment and Support Services
Edmonton, AB T6C 0Z6
Executive Director: Margo Long
Board Chair: Robert Blackwell
Charitable Reg. #: 12953 7437 RR0001
Grade: B+The grade is based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.
Need for Funding
Cents to the Cause
Full-time staff #56
Avg. Compensation $55,122
Top 10 Staff Salary Range
|$300k - $350k||0|
|$250k - $300k||0|
|$200k - $250k||0|
|$160k - $200k||0|
|$120k - $160k||1|
|$80k - $120k||1|
|$40k - $80k||8|
About Youth Empowerment and Support Services:
Founded in 1981, Y.E.S.S. – Youth Empowerment and Support Services (formally Y.E.S.S. – Youth Emergency Shelter Society) works to provide stable housing for homeless youth and support services for those at risk. Y.E.S.S. was originally opened to serve Calgarians between 16 and 18 who were too old to be helped by Child and Family Services, but too young to access adult programs. In the past year, Y.E.S.S. has seen an increase in the number of youth harmed by the opioid crisis, gang involvement, and undiagnosed mental illnesses.
Y.E.S.S. operates Nexus, an emergency shelter with 24 beds available. The shelter also provides basic personal items like toiletries, clothing, and backpacks. Nexus was at 60% of capacity during F2018. Staff at Nexus can recommend youth to long-term housing if they have plans to finish school, overcome addiction, or are struggling with mental health. Y.E.S.S. operates 2 long-term housing facilities which can each help 8 youth at a time. For at-risk youth not staying in the shelters, Armoury Resource Centre offers medical care, counselling, and help finding housing.
In F2018, Y.E.S.S. helped 781 youth, all of which had suffered from abuse, violence, or addiction. A significant majority, 70%, identify as LGBTQ2S+. Of the youth helped, 48% were indigenous and 62% were male.
Results and Impact: Youth Empowerment and Support Services reports spending an average of $6,003 each year per youth. End Poverty Edmonton reported that each chronically homeless person costs taxpayers directly or indirectly $100,000 per year. The impact of Y.E.S.S.’ work is reduced cost to taxpayers through preventing chronic homelessness.
Youth Empowerment and Social Services is a medium-sized charity, with donations and special events revenue of $3.1m in F2017. Its administrative costs are 21% of revenues and fundraising costs are 24% of donations. For every $1 donated 55 cents go to the cause, falling below Ci’s reasonable range. Y.E.S.S. has funding reserves of $940k which could cover program costs for about 4 months, indicating a need for funding.
This charity report is an update that was sent to Youth Empowerment and Support Services for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.
Updated on June 8, 2018 by Madison Kerr.
Financial RatiosFiscal year ending March
|Administrative costs as % of revenues||21.4%||22.7%||23.5%|
|Fundraising costs as % of donations||23.5%||24.3%||23.4%|
|Program cost coverage (%)||34.6%||28.4%||31.4%|
Summary Financial StatementsAll figures in $s
|Fees for service||41,531||56,413||61,168|
|Cash flow from operations||187,055||(116,798)||296,116|