September 2016

YES School: Home to teens committed to sobriety

By Molly Lautamo

In a beautiful old Victorian near downtown Santa Cruz sits a school unlike any other in the country. On any given day you can find its students in class or seeking guidance from counselors, watching movies, studying in the garden or playing games with their friends. Encompass’ YES School (Youth Experiencing Success) is both a youth recovery program and an alternative high school. It is a safe and supportive environment for Santa Cruz teens who are overcoming addiction.