YES Appalachia
YES Appalachia

Established in 2015, YES-Appalachia is the newest YES branch, and the only one that serves rural students. We currently serve 75 scholars from the counties of Ashe and Watauga in Western North Carolina. Scholars are identified and selected from the following seven Title I public schools in the Appalachian region of the state:

  • Blue Ridge Elementary School
  • Westwood Elementary School
  • Mountain View Elementary School
  • Bethel Elementary School
  • Cove Creek Elementary School
  • Green Valley Elementary School
  • Mabel Elementary School
YES Appalachia


  • Increase educational access and opportunities for promising, young leaders from rural Appalachian communities
  • Empower historically underrepresented students to embrace educational opportunities, new ways of thinking, and self-advocacy in order to make college success an attainable goal

100% matriculation and graduation from institutions of higher education for all YES-App Scholars

YES Appalachia

YES-App programming consists of three scaffolded phases, each which focuses on developing a set of core skills that propel our scholars' holistic growth. A fourth phase--one focused on college retention and graduation, as well as career placement--will be implemented into YES-App programming once our first cohort of scholars begin their college journey.

Phase I - Middle School

Rising 7th and 8th grade attend weekly in-school sessions that focus on logic and the notion of math as a language. Additionally, they partake in our own in-house summer camps, which focus on developing a strong sense of community amongst scholars, as well as test prep aimed at preparing them as strong candidates for national talent search programs and for independent schools.

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Phase II - High School

High school scholars transition to monthly in-school sessions that focus on test prep, academic counseling, college guidance, and socio-emotional wellness. Personalized support is offered to each scholar to ensure that they are being challenged academically. 9th grade scholars create a 4-year college readiness plan that aligns with the requirements needed to earn North Carolina Academic Endorsements on their high school diplomas.

Phase III- College Prep

Throughout high school, YES-App scholars receive tutoring, SAT preparation, access to summer programs tailored to their interests, and a strong YES peer network. Scholars and their families are also offered one-on-one guidance to help them navigate college applications, financial aid, and determining the best "fit" college for each scholar.

Our students currently attend the following High Schools:

Public High Schools

Ashe County High School

Ashe County Early College

Watauga High School

Watauga Innovation Academy

Private High Schools

Chatham Hall

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Recent YES-App Scholar Accomplishments (School Year 2019-2020)

Middle School
High School

Riley ‘24 - Accepted to the North Carolina School of Science & Mathematics Summer Accelerator Program

Whitley ‘24 - Accepted to Salem Academy & Chatham Hall

Kaycie ‘25 - Accepted to Vanderbilt’s PTY Summer course, “Molecular Gastronomy: Food, Chemistry and Art Combined” with 80% scholarship award for tuition fees

Rayden ‘25 - Accepted to North Carolina School of Science & Mathematics Summer Accelerator Course, “Environmental Explorations”

Grace ‘21 - Europe Summer Abroad High School Trip

Seth ‘21 - Accepted to the “James Houlik Saxophone Summer Retreat”

Makenna ‘22 - Accepted to Vanderbilt’s PTY Summer course, “Policy Making and Quantitative Analysis” with 80% scholarship award for tuition fees

Macie ‘22 - Accepted to the Duke TIP summer program “Philosophy in Literature and Film” at Duke University with scholarship

Tilli ‘22 - Accepted to Wake Forest University Pre-College Summer Program - Psychology course with 50% scholarship award for tuition fees

Ellary ‘22 - Accepted to the Wake Forest University Pre-College Summer Program - Psychology course with 50% scholarship award for tuition fees

Luke ‘22 - Accepted to the “School for Ethics and Global Leadership” summer exchange program in London

Adena ‘23 - Accepted to University of Chicago’s all-expenses paid “Rural Leaders Summer Program”

Bianca ‘23 - Accepted to Chatham Hall’s Australian Exchange Summer Program

Sullivan ‘23 - Accepted to Loomis Chaffee Summer Program with 50% scholarship for tuition fees

For more information about the YES branch in North Carolina, please visit their website

Para obtener más información sobre YES en Carolina del Norte, visite su sitio web.