YES! Resource Center – Youth Empowered Solutions
YES! Resource Center

The Resource Center provides a range of information about supporting young people with serious mental health and substance use conditions. Providing access to a broad range of articles is intended to introduce a variety of topics and create familiarity with a variety of sources that can be reused over time.

The Resource Center also provides more depth on topics related to the developmental focus of the YES! framework and the outcomes produced during the 5-years in which it was developed and piloted.

Implementing a Developmental Perspective

An Overview of Challenges—Working Documents From the Provider Level

As an agency considers a youth-driven way of addressing developmental skills, they often want to know what kinds of challenges young people identify.  The reality is that the challenges identified earlier in treatment are more likely to be challenges related to be health and safety or social-emotional in nature.  And, as time passes and they become more comfortable with this kind of work, there are more challenges identified that are psychological and identify formation related.

A broad range of factors can cause barriers to any given challenge.  The engage, equip and empower process works well to help identify exactly what area of function is causing a young person to stumble in a given challenge.  To illustrate what to expect, we offer some unedited working descriptions of typical challenges and what they entail.

Challenge Areas Frequently Identified by Young People

Physical Well-BeingEmotional & Social Well-Being
Stable HousingFamily/other supportive relationships
Health & NutritionSocial connections
Financial ResourcesRepairing Relationships & Decreasing Isolation
Psychological Well-BeingSpiritual Well-Being
Productivity in school, work & other settingsPositive sense of self & ability to navigate challenges
Identity issuesSense of direction/purpose
Substance use related issues and Emotional stability/MoodCommitment toward actions leading to sense of accomplishment

Examples of Responding to Challenges Using the YES! Framework

Domains and Challenges—An Overview Integrating Theory and Practice

The challenges that young people identify as important to them often reflect their preparedness for handling the situations that youth and young adults must navigate. This section illustrates how the “kinds” of challenges identified by young people indicate the developmental stages that dominate their functioning.  It also illustrates in significant detail the kinds of executive skills and meta-skills that are can instrumental in assisting young people to meet particular challenges and move their lives forward.

This level of analysis is valuable, but can be overwhelming.  Intentional practice will lead a provider, over time, to an intuitive understanding of much of this.  At that point, this content becomes more easily understood and less overwhelming.

Physical Domain

Emotional and Social Domain

Psychological Well-Being

Spiritual Domain