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.

One Boy’s Highly Illogical Behavior: A Twist on Mental Illness in Literature
by S.E. Smith
In his new book, John Corey Whaley tackles the subject of mental illness and challenges stigmas that keep many teen boys from seeking help with depression and anxiety.
Choosing a President in a Time of Climate Crisis
by Sarah van Gelder
Our next president must be someone who understands the science of climate change and can build a clean energy future.
“They” and the Emotional Weight of Words
by Cole
Even in the smallest of interactions—like how we use pronouns—we can create connections that allow us to challenge one another on our assumptions about gender.
Only Six Years After BP Oil Disaster, Gulf Coast Is Faced With New Drilling
by Kate Stringer
Still recovering from the worst oil spill in U.S. history, Gulf Coast activists battle the threat of new offshore oil wells.
“Evil World Banking” Explained
by Yessenia Funes
In less than two minutes, John Perkins, author of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, explains how corporations can take over entire nations through predatory loans and debt collection.
Tiny Houses Are Cute, But Can You Actually Cook a Meal in One?
by Ellie Lillstrom
As an avid cook I wondered what orchestrating a sizable meal would be like in the two-burner kitchen of a 250-square-foot home. So I gave it a try with my favorite recipe.
"What We Fear" Middle School Winner Deedee Jansen
Read Deedee's essay, "How Do You Spell: Afriad, Dislexsa, Faer," about how people's biases toward dyslexia can lock her in a cage, but having dyslexia can also be a blessing for seeing things differently.
"What We Fear" High School Winner Clair Williamson
by Clair Williamson
Read Clair's essay, "A Different Kind of Relapse" about how her struggle with depression has motivated her to accept the love and kindness of those around her.
"What We Fear" University Winner Dion Medina
by Dion Medina
Read Dion's essay, "Chronic Pain," about sacrificing an active lifestyle—and inheriting an unthinkable future—to manage avascular necrosis, a disease that causes bone to slowly die.
"What We Fear" Powerful Voice Winner Jazmyn Bryant
by Jazmyn Bryant
Read Jazmyn's essay, "A Serf in the Midst of Feudalism" about personally confronting racial injustice, and how necessary it is to act collectively for a reformed system.
"What We Fear" Powerful Voice Winner Jonah Gold
by Jonah Gold
Read Jonah's essay, "A Future Me," about the challenge in balancing two different parts of himself, and his efforts toward becoming proud of the part he's less comfortable with.
"What We Fear" Powerful Voice Winner Nicole Reiber
by Nicole Reiber
Read Nicole's essay, "The Monster Within" about relationships and career opportunities in her life that have been lost because of her self-sabotaging behaviors, and how self-respect has helped her fight this monster.
"What We Fear" Literary Gems
We received many outstanding essays for the Spring 2016 Writing Competition. Though not every participant can win the contest, we'd like to share some excerpts that caught our eye.
Julie M. Elman's Response to "What We Fear" Essay Winners
by Julie M. Elman
Julie M. Elman responds to the winners of our Spring 2016 Student Writing Competition.
Why You Should Watch an Uplifting Movie Tonight
by Sophie H. Janicke
Research shows meaningful films, in particular those that depict values of love, kindness, and connectedness, go a long way toward changing your worldview.