The mission of the YES! (Youth Empowerment Services) Program is to be a bridge from our church to our local neighborhood. YES! offers a seasonal STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) based Saturday enrichment program to K-8 students in our community. 

Through YES!, North River members help community families secure school supplies, meals, and other essentials. We are continually thankful for our partnership with the Marietta City Schools social workers who tirelessly serve families in our great city.


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We Miss Our YES! Friends

Prayerfully, we will connect in small groups and virtual events in Fall 2020.

How Can I Get Involved in 2020?
Opportunities for North River Members to Serve

This fall, we won't be able to offer our Saturday enrichment program as we have traditionally. Have no fear! This is just an opportunity to pivot and provide support to our neighbors in other meaningful ways. We're eager to collaborate with the Sports Ministry to plan a socially-distanced, intimate event for our neighborhood kids in the coming months. We're also partnering with a group of NR volunteers who have compiled a wonderful online database of book readings they've recorded along with other skillshare videos (more info below).  

For over 5 years, members have been coming in on Saturdays to lead a "Wildcard!" by sharing their expertise, teaching a fun new skill, or talking about their career. If you would be willing to record a Wildcard! to be shared with our kiddos, please complete this form to receive more information. 

We also want to provide our kids with physical materials beginning with books and activity workbooks. If you would like to donate a workbook (or a few), please follow this link to the Amazon wishlist.


Thank you for sharing with our community during another season of our God's providence- "And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:19


North River Has It's Very Own "Reading Rainbow"
The YES! Program Honors These Partners
During the early summer when serving opportunities with children, families, and community organizations were severely limited because of the COVID restrictions... a few disciples (campus and professionals) wanted to explore options that would enable us to continue building trusted community relationships during this unique time while planting seeds that would develop into future "in-person" connections. 
One locally respected organization that educates and supports Atlanta children living within marginalized populations asked if we could make some book/career/skills videos for their summer camp program. We were ALL IN!
These few volunteers enlisted the help of more campus students (and other friends from all ages and backgrounds) to create quality videos of excellent children's books, career choices, and skillsets. 
We quickly obtained positive and highly recommended books (some hot off the press!) from local libraries and matched these books with eager volunteer readers! After just a handful of weeks, this dedicated group of volunteers has created over 65 videos (and counting)! Just wow!
We hope to make these videos, and future ones of all types, available to the YES! Program, our church families, and many other community and school programs that educate and support children and families! While opportunities to build relationships "in-person" may be restricted for a time, these love-filled videos are planting seeds for connecting "heart to heart" with many children and families in the future! 
For more information on the volunteer video project for children and teens, please contact Noelle Broyles.