The Love, YEG Show

e31: Youth Empowerment & Support Services (Desiree Conception)

Episode Summary

In this episode, we speak with Desiree Conception of YESS (Youth Empowerment & Support Services) in Edmonton, AB since 1981 when a group of community members saw the need to support youth. What started out as a youth overnight shelter is now focused to feed, clothe & safe shelter for our youth. For more information, visit their website at

Episode Notes

[2:02] Who is YESS?

[4:10] Adjustment to programs during COVID

[6:31] How many youth do they support daily?

[8:00] How they are supported on a typical day

[8:49] How do people find them?

[9:21] How Desiree became  involved in the industry

[10:45] 100% of our youth have had some form of trauma

[13:24] Trauma-informed care

[14:35] Workplace & Job programs

[15:46] How many staff do they have?

[19:30] How to get involved?

[22:58] Desiree's journey to Alberta

[25:07] How does she want to be remembered?

For more information, visit their website at