Youngins Sisterhood Society (YSS) is a program for girls/young ladies to build and empower them while addressing the oppositions that has plagued women throughout today. Our focus is to embody the younger generation with the values of self-love, self worth, and dignity. It is our desire to educate young women on the importance of sisterhood, integrity, dreams, vision, community services and purpose. By participating in YSS program, student’s academic achievement improves; self-esteem and their competence show significant gains. The young ladies decision-making skills improve; they are paired with a caring adult as well as a supportive sisterhood.

The subject matter is the same for the entire month. Each lesson contains chat sessions, an essential question, lesson objectives, proposed outcomes and affirmation activities.


Facilitators review each lesson in advance to ensure that they have the resources and supplies needed to carry out the lesson effectively.



To develop and foster relationships with 9th-12th grade girls for the purpose of enhancing their self esteem/self image, through cultivating inner personal skills, conflict resolution, encouraging decision making and responsible behavior, effective communication, self awareness, and recognition of their talents/abilities/skills, and to develop a plan to pursue future endeavors.

YSS targets young girls who are in foster care, failing classes, exhibit problematic behaviors, and that would benefit from sisterhood relationships. We offer workshops, field trips, guest speakers, and volunteer opportunities, creative activities, teamwork experiences, parent participation, and an extravagant culminating event.

Core Result:  Growth and Development


Additional Benefits of YSS:

  • Community services and volunteer opportunities

  • Improve school attendance and grades

  • Improved communication skills




Self Determination.jpg

Self Determination is a voluntary alternative to the traditional way of providing regional center services. The program is facilitated by giving participants (or their parents or legal representatives) a specific budget to purchase the services and supports that they need to make their person-centered plan work better for them. Participants may choose their services and pick which providers deliver those services. Participants are responsible for staying within their annual budget.


How Does Self Determination Work?


The way the Self-Determination Program works is different than the way services are traditionally delivered. The thing that makes self-determination so exciting is that it gives the consumer or guardian flexibility in choosing their facilitator to aide them in their services, supports, and providers. In the Self-Determination Program, the consumer can buy different services, not just those through the regional center.


The program offers a lot of flexibility. Services can include, but aren’t limited to: individual training; vehicle adaptations; or support with communication. Services and supports can be from almost anyone in the community. Right now, the Service Coordinator from the regional center is the person who helps the consumer find the services that are needed.


In self-determination, the consumer or guardian get to decide who else they want to help them. This could be a family or friends, or an Independent Facilitator. Self-Determination offers the opportunity to be creative, think outside the box.


Gayle Gordon is. Independent Facilitator who has served individuals with disabilities professionally and personally for 30 years. Gayle’s grandson who is currently 30 years old has been diagnosed as a person with Developmental Disabilities. The young man received Special Education services throughout his entire education. Gayle and her family fought and still fight tenaciously for him. He has accomplished many successes and through her advocacy he has been employed for the past six years for the Air Force Base. She is currently her grandsons ‘s Limited Conservatorship. Gayle is the author of, When you Die will I have to Push a Basket? (transitioning individual with Developmental Disabilities from high school to adulthood). The book is a guide for parents who have individuals with Developmental Disabilities.