Our Mission Statement
  
United Youth Empowerment Services (UnitedYES) is a 501©3 non-profit organization with a mission of to generates uplifting change in our community. Our filming talents allow us to advise, encourage and teach positive expectations to youth as well as adults. We develop and produce independent films of many genres that appeal--globally--to teen, young adult, and family audiences. Through our dedication, passion, and commitment we make original, compelling, films that not only excite and entertain, but also inspire, create change, and reveal both the human condition and the human spirit. 
  
ABOUT US
  
The United Youth Empowerment Services was founded April 18th, 2016 by four twenty-something family men knowledgeable about refugee community needs, enthusiastic about educational filming, and willing to volunteer our time for the good of our people. 

United Youth Empowerment Services (United Y.E.S) are the brand new brainchild of four friends who grew up together in Lewiston after being transplanted from Southern Somalia through Kenyan refugee camps to Maine.  We are by now a group of twenty-something family men who share a love of multimedia production and maintain a firm commitment to helping our community.  Along with four young women who have recently joined our Board of Directors, we aim to unite these twin passions in projects to educate our struggling youth by producing instructional yet edifying short films to be posted on social media for our teenagers to consume. In addition, we envision the transfer of media production skills to younger African immigrants being central to our mission

Informally, however, we have existed for several years under the name Dalanta Nabada (Youth of Peace).  As new high school graduates, we four organized more than twenty other young men and women to work together making and screening digital videos.  We had noticed that younger people (boys and girls ages 12-18) were too often failing in school and we were acutely aware that their immigrant parents did not know how to help.  In fact, the two generations were not having good communication at all.  The young ones were running too wild in the streets at that time.  We called a meeting and proposed making a film together.  They each made their small donation when we met every Saturday.  With those small contributions adding up, we began to purchase our equipment. 
  
The United Youth Empowerment Services has been creating multi-cultural narrative films and documentaries for the Immigrats population in order to encourage refugee youth towards positive choices.  Through lenses, we entertain and educate our community.

One major reason we began the organization is because we are both hi-tech and “cool”; the youth believe in us. The youth love what we are doing. We have to find something that they can hang onto to move forward. We are the only immigrant NGO in Maine, indeed in all of New England that is focusing on film and video production as a way of encouraging and inspiring youth to be the best they can be. Our goal is to make Lewiston+Auburn a better place by helping youth to take a better path in life.

United Youth Empowerment Services films because we believe movies have something to say to the world.  Videos bring awareness of certain subjects to the public and can tell an interesting story about a historical event or person.  

We appreciate your cooperation in helping us to make this project run.