The YES Program


The Youth Empowerment Service is paramount to OTTA United's mission. One YES Group consists of approximately 4 to 6 students with the purpose of tackling problems specific to their communities.

Each group has been carefully selected through a meticulous process to truly ensure the highest standards of quality in the impact being made, accounting for location, prior experience, passion, and behavioral traits among each individual.

When a group identifies the issue they’d like to address in their community, OTTA’s 6 Phase Procedure for Change and experienced staff help guide these groups to make a difference with pinpoint accuracy and maximum impact.

6 Phase Procedure For Change.

  1. Research.

    1. The entire group must understand the strengths and weaknesses of their area, assets that could be useful in the future, and expand their knowledge further than their own sphere of existence by engaging themselves within local programs, businesses, and organizations.

  2. Identify.

    1. Using the research that has been conducted, the group shall choose one issue to combat and consider several factors, including the significance of the issue to the community, the passion within the group about the issue, and the plausibility of action.

  3. Plan.

    1. The group must then construct a plan of action regarding the root cause of the issue and an operational procedure. This must include their research, mission statement, logistics, funding, target audience, end goal, and a time schedule with clear checkpoints along the way.

  4. Prepare.

    1. In order to prepare for the execution of the program, a series of actions must take place. The group shall reach out to authorities, book venues, recruit volunteers, advertise, and gather the necessary supplies.

  5. Execute.

    1. During this phase, the group will launch its program and measure its impact through the collection of data as specified in Phase 3.

  6. Conclude.

    1. Here, the group will release the impact data to the public, acknowledge and thank supporters who helped make their program possible, and lay the necessary foundations for future endeavors of the YES Program.