Most Recent Articles - YES!

YES! has a positive solution-oriented focus. We reframe issues, reflect diverse human-scale stories, and offer tools for people to use and to pass along. Here are our most recent articles and blogs.

Winter 2018: "Less Stuff, More Heart" Powerful Voice Winner Jake Hill
Read Jake’s essay, “Kayla,” about the experience of unexpected loss and learning to trust the journey.
Winter 2018: "Less Stuff, More Heart" Powerful Voice Winner Heriberto Nava
Read Heriberto’s essay, “Same Dreams, Different President,” about using the power of his voice to stand up for immigrants and DACA recipients, especially those he holds close.
Winter 2018: "Less Stuff, More Heart" Literary Gems
We received many outstanding essays for the Winter 2018 Writing Competition. Though not every participant can win the contest, we'd like to share some excerpts that caught our eye.
Christopher Zumski Finke's Response to “Less Stuff, More Heart” Essay Winners
Christopher Zumski Finke responds to the winners of our Winter 2018 Student Writing Competition.
Why You Really Should Disconnect From Your Phone Every Day
by Jamie Gruman
If you want to enjoy feelings of closeness, connection, and intimacy with your friends and family, put away your phone.
They’re Walking Five Days Straight to Honor Harriet Tubman—and Black Women Everywhere
by A. Rochaun Meadows-Fernandez
The women of GirlTrek are traversing 100 miles of the Underground Railroad to highlight Black female health and wellness.
The Catholic Sisters Empowering Women Around the World
by Gina Ciliberto
Next week, Catholic sisters will be joining a U.N. discussion on opportunities for gender equality.
The Ways Gratitude Can Also Make You Physically Healthier
by Summer Allen
Some research suggests that grateful people may have better sleep, healthier hearts, and fewer aches and pains.
Wakanda in Schools: The Black Panther Curriculum Makes Its Debut
by Shaima Shamdeen
How a Chicago teacher inspired by Black Panther is using the movie to teach about race and colonialism in America.
The Big Reason Young People Don’t Debate Gun Control the Way Adults Do
by Mike Males
A dramatic 25-year reduction in gun violence among youth puts high schoolers in a unique position to influence debate.
Decolonizing Birth: Women Take Back Their Power as Life-Givers
by Sarah Sunshine Manning
“We’re just beginning to bring those Indigenous perspectives forward again.”
5 Things We Know About the People Who Live Longest
by Megan Wildhood
How communities are using longevity research to ensure everyone can have a long, healthy life.
And the Winner for Best Political Moment Is ... the Oscars
by Mark Rahner
If you’ve got a conscience and you’ve got a few seconds in front of a billion people, how could you not speak out against injustice?
Black Farmers Reviving Their African Roots: “We Are Feeding Our Liberation”
by Kevon Paynter
Community farmers in D.C. say crops and methods of their African ancestors hold an essential key to restoring Black health.
10 Films That Would Win If the Oscars Had Awards for Empathy, Resilience, and Forgiveness
by Jeremy Adam Smith, Maryam Abdullah, Jesse Antin, Amy L. Eva, Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas, Jill Suttie
These films go beyond achievements in acting, directing, and editing.