Just Say Yes!

Dallasites say yes to investing in youth at annual celebration

Dallasites say yes to investing in youth at annual celebration

JSY Mentors +  Chief Brown
Just Say YES mentors with former Dallas Police Chief David Brown Photo by Lori Wilson
Tom Bumpass, Alyson Bumpass
Tom Bumpass, Alyson Bumpass Photo by Lori Wilson
Linda Rossi, Kathryn Rossi
Linda Rossi, Kathryn Rossi Photo by Lori Wilson
Luann Gutierrez, Jorge Gutierrez
Luann Gutierrez, Jorge Gutierrez Photo by Lori Wilson
JSY Mentor Jasmine, Anna De Haro
Just Say YES mentor Jasmine with Anna De Haro Photo by Lori Wilson
David Carruth, Chief David Brown, Ann Carruth
David Carruth, former Police Chief David Brown, Ann Carruth Photo by Lori Wilson
Mariana Harrison, Chief David Brown, Brian Pearson
Mariana Harrison, former Police Chief David Brown, Brian Pearson Photo by Lori Wilson
Jane Beeson, Josh Huffman, Chief David Brown
Jane Beeson, former Police Chief David Brown, Josh Huffman Photo by Lori Wilson
Barbie Blaylock, Dick Blaylock, Dan Bailey, Dr. Reed Williams
Barbie Blacklock, Dick Blaylock, Dan Bailey, Dr. Reed Williams Photo by Lori Wilson
15 year award
Presentation of the 15 Year Award Photo by Lori Wilson
JSY Mentors +  Chief Brown
Tom Bumpass, Alyson Bumpass
Linda Rossi, Kathryn Rossi
Luann Gutierrez, Jorge Gutierrez
JSY Mentor Jasmine, Anna De Haro
David Carruth, Chief David Brown, Ann Carruth
Mariana Harrison, Chief David Brown, Brian Pearson
Jane Beeson, Josh Huffman, Chief David Brown
Barbie Blaylock, Dick Blaylock, Dan Bailey, Dr. Reed Williams
15 year award

What: Just Say YES Celebration

Where: Belo Mansion Pavilion

The 411: More than 300 guests showed up to support this year's seventh annual "Building Bridges"-themed Just Say YES celebration, which aims to equip students with the tools needed to develop stronger connections with their families, their community, and one another. While the raffle and silent auction certainly created an exciting buss in the room, it was the Just Say YES student/parent interview that was the highlight of the evening. Just Say YES senior mentor coordinator Veronica Lee interviewed a student mentor and her mother about the positive effects of the program both in the classroom and beyond.  

Post-interview, keynote speaker retired Dallas Police Chief David Brown took the stage and delivered a moving speech on the importance of investing in the youth of today in order to ensure a better tomorrow.

Just Say YES — Youth Equipped to Succeed is an educational nonprofit that empowers students to say yes to their dreams and goals and no to risk behaviors such as drugs, alcohol, sexual activity, and bullying. For 15 years, Just Say YES has provided respected speakers, peer-to-peer mentoring, and other resources to students, educators, and parents in 39 states across the nation.

Who: Dan Bailey, Barbie and Dick Blaylock, Dr. Reed Williams, Juleeta and Dave Harvey, Ann and David Carruth, Jane Beeson, Josh Huffman, Kellye Price, Anne Ray, and Paula McCutcheon