Youth Emergency Services (YES, is excited to announce they have received $46,000 in grants from United Way of the Midlands. United Way of the Midlands granted $36,000 toward YES’s Job Readiness program and $10,000 to help fund its Street Outreach program.

The Job Readiness program helps youth aged 16-24 identify long-term career interests, pursue education goals, learn appropriate job applicant behavior, and seek and obtain employment. Street Outreach is the gateway to most YES programs. The Street Outreach Program Assists homeless and near-homeless youth in crisis. It provides case management services, staff to work with youth on life skills and independence, and addresses food security.

Youth Emergency Services is the only nonprofit in Omaha with the sole mission to help youth experiencing homelessness and near-homelessness in our community. Last year, YES provided support and services to more than 500 youth in the Omaha metro area. Many of these youth have been physically, emotionally, or sexually abused, making it unsafe for them to return home. Without YES, these vulnerable young people cannot succeed independently. YES offers a full continuum of care to ensure all youth receive the support they need, no matter their situation. This includes a Street Outreach Center, Emergency Shelter, Transitional Living program, Maternity Home and Rapid Rehousing program. For more information, visit