Our Mission

YES identifies young leaders from low-income communities and equips them with the resources, support, and academic skills required for success through high school, college, and career.

To find out how we achieve our mission, see below.

YES identifies Scholars entering middle school through extensive interviews, along with teacher recommendations and school transcripts. Once identified, YES works with Scholars by:

  • Engaging them for up to three hours a week in small group sessions, led by our team of educators, to develop critical thinking, language and leadership skills.
  • Placing them and providing tuition for summer programs at local and internationally acclaimed boarding schools.
  • Preparing for the SAT and/or ACT, in a subsidized program administered by the Compass Education Group, a private tutoring company.
  • Providing college counseling support and assistance in preparing for college.
  • Assisting in identifying and applying for college scholarships.
  • Providing supplemental financial aid and support for medical costs.
  • Assisting in identifying and securing internships and career placements.
  • Affording access to a robust support system, along with their families.
  • Inviting Scholars to be part of an active YES alumni association.
  • Encouraging Scholars to lead as examples in their communities.

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Our History


Founder Eric Eisner is offered an opportunity through the Richstone Family Center to work with academically promising children from Lennox, a severely disadvantaged community adjacent to Los Angeles International Airport.


YES begins to identify children within the Lennox School District who exhibit intellectual skills and curiosity and who would otherwise slip through the cracks of the education system. Working with each student twice a week during the school year, YES challenges its first Scholars to become active, verbally-engaged thinkers. The “YES method” is born.


YES’ first scholar wins a scholarship to Los Angeles’ elite Brentwood School. His success paves the way for hundreds of future LA YES Scholars to gain admission to the finest secondary schools in Southern California.


First YES Scholar receives the Gates Millennium Scholarship from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.


First YES Scholar graduates from College. Scholar attended Columbia University with the John W. Kluge Scholarship.


The Richstone Eisner Education Program becomes established in the State of California as Young Eisner Scholars (YES), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. YES holds its first Fundraiser, hosted by Malcolm Gladwell.


YES’s first Scholar accepted to a Boarding School. His success paves the way for future YES Scholars to gain admission to the finest East and West Coast Boarding Schools.


YES Founder is awarded the Wall Street Journal’s 2012 Innovator of the Year in Education award. YES, in a partnership with Columbia University, begins working with students in New York’s Community District Five, in Harlem.



YES expands to Chicago’s South Side, working with students at the University of Chicago Charter Schools.YES is featured in Los Angeles Magazine.


YES begins working with students in North Carolina through a partnership with GEAR-UP, a federally-funded initiative for college preparatory programs for low-income youth in remote Appalachian communities.


HYPE became fully merged with YES to maximize capacity, impact and effectiveness. HYPE was created in 2011 by a group of inner-city public middle school teachers who helped a number of highly gifted, low-income students get into elite college-prep independent high schools in the Los Angeles area.