An extraordinary life transforming experience

Youths look at their lives in ways that leave them confident, empowered, and responsible.

Our Work​

In 2022, YESS Global Initiative impacted over 400 youths and Teachers in Jamaica by enlightening the youths on morals, health and self care, the importance of transformation and the value of education.

We have joined hands and heart with a number of organizations and individuals both locally and internationally so we can reach students and young adults and make a real difference in their lives.

We are confident that YESS Global is the answer to many of the challenges our young people face. Together we will watch the massive shift taking place on the planet for future generations to come.

YESS Global strives to make young adults confident and creative builders of their future. Our focus is on the total well-being of youth intellectually, socially, emotionally, physically, morally, and spiritually.


We work toward creating an integrated network that reaches across and disciplines of all age levels. Our youth encouraged to meet life’s challenges with openness, enthusiasm, and a willingness to solve problems in a safe container.


Our YESS Global programs are designed to target every area of a youth's life - Physically, Emotionally, Mentally, and Spiritually. With our programs, Youths see a tremendous positive shift in their lives, transforming from the inside out.


The YESS! (Youth Empowerment & Success Seminar) program is a 1 day extra-ordinary life transforming experience for young people facilitated by Courtney Kazembe, Annika Kazembe and Jody Marie Smith. The objective of the program is to develop self-confidence, will power, leadership skills and patriotism in youth so that they can make their lives not only good but also useful.

Dress For YESS

Our Dress for YESS program empowers youths to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire, and the development tools to help youths thrive in work and in life. We want you to feel your best while job searching and in the first few weeks of employment. If you have an interview or event coming up, contact us to visit your local Dress for YESS boutique.

Global Medical

YESS Global Medical provides medical care and needed supplies to those unable to access them. We leverage years of experience in medicine to develop clinics that can be held on an ongoing basis.  We bring well-trained medical professionals, willing volunteers, and needed supplies. As we grow our network, our goal is to empower local communities with the tools they need to lead healthy lives together.

Legal Advocacy

We envision a world where the racist legal system has been dismantled and BIack, Latiné, Indigenous, and other youth of color have the freedom and power to live their full lives. YESS Legal Advocacy uses legal services, policy advocacy, peer education, and other tools to build power and opportunity for Black, Latiné, and other youth of color who the criminal legal system and other systems of oppression harm.


Shanelle Cunningham

“I want to thank each and every member for giving me this opportunity to shine, to put myself out there, to stay positive, to say “I can and I will”, to delete negativity, to say “cancel, cancel, delete, delete” to negative thoughts, and finally to say YESS! to success and set specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely goals.”


“Special thanks to the Kazembe Foundation and YESS Global for deeming it important to invest in talent, creativity, and competence. This scholarship will not only be my driving tool for even greater success but will start the butterfly effect in nurturing trailblazers and 21st-century thinkers.”


“I learned a lot, things I didn’t know before. I also learned more about things I previously thought didn’t make much sense. It was really an educational and fun experience and I hope to get to attend more of these seminars. I am really grateful and thankful.”


“The seminar was fun informative and enlightening. I learned that it is better to focus on the positive aspects of life than the negative and that my health is more important than anything else. I can proudly say that I am eating better than before and that I am determined to make every day the best day of my life.”