Jaydia likes swimming and softball. She has dreams of being a guitar player, and her favorite Bible verse is, “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Jaydia is one of the many students who have attended Youth Encouragement Services, a 2013 beneficiary of Steps of Success 5K. Keep in mind that when you register for the run/walk on Sept. 7, you’re helping more young people get a little closer to their dreams.

Located in Nashville, Tenn., Youth Encouragement Services operates three youth centers that offer educational and recreational programs as alternatives for kids ages 6 to 18 during after school hours, weekends and summer break. The programs offered by Y.E.S. effectively keep children who live in the inner city off the street, giving them a safe place to go where they can engage in social, educational and cultural activities.

Pictured here: Steps of Success 5K Director Demetrius Short with Youth Encouragement Services Executive Director Rob McRay.

Y.E.S.’s three facilities are located in areas where lower income and education rates pose a credible threat to the child’s development. And Y.E.S. has created programs and volunteer opportunities to give a life-changing, odds-defying opportunity to our youth.

Y.E.S. activities include spiritual development (daily chapel), tutoring and homework assistance, summer Bible camp, physical development through athletics, arts/cultural enrichment, Back-to-School store, Christmas store, Honor Roll trip, computer learning, community awareness/service, field trips, job skills training, college scholarships and other various activities.

You’ll meet students and members of the Y.E.S. staff at Steps of Success 5K on Sept. 7. More important, you’ll help change their lives for the better when you donate or register today.