YES BizCenter was a nonprofit, youth co-operated social enterprise that operated 40 hours per week for nine years, between July 2004 and August 2013. YES members taking part in our 140-hour CoopBizTeam program wrote the business plan.
• provided quality, reasonably-priced products & services to our neighbors
• prepared youth for workforce success with training and work experience
• supported other community organizations with an everyday 5% discount
- B&W and color copies from paper originals, flash drives, and email files onto
color papers, labels, and transparencies
- Finishing: stape, fold, bind, booklet, 3-hole punch
- Mail merge, bulk USPS mailing
- Scan, laminate
- Free UPS delivery on orders over $75
- Fax send/receive
- Authorized ship by UPS & FedEx Ground & Express
- Passport photos
- Notary Public
Teen Cyber Cafe
The Teen Cyber Café at YES was created by area teens in 2004 to help bridge this digital divide to help teens get connected to social, vocational, business, and educational opportunities. The cafe featured 8 PC stations with high speed DSL built from parts by YES TechVenture! participants running on Microsoft Windows and loaded with Microsoft Office Professional. A wireless-N router provided access for those using laptops. The cafe served free organic fair trade coffee donated by our neighbors at Dean’s Beans. Free to members, with an hourly fee for others, the cafe was funded each year by area youth-serving partners in exchange for advertising their services via a literature rack and posters and providing their staff with opportunities to outreach to teen cafe patrons, including Franklin-Hampshire Career Center, Community Coalition for Teens, DIAL/SELF Teen Services, Quabbin Mediation, NELCWIT, Tapestry Health Systems, and YouthServe AmeriCorps. The cafe was handicapped-accessible with support provided by the Alliance for Technology Access. CTCNet VISTA Project provided staffing. The cafe was a member of the Community Technology Centers’ Network.
BLINQ.info (Better Living In North Quabbin) was a regional web portal.
Friendly Town Films was a 2004 joint venture of YES member Charlie Pierson, III and YES that revived the tradition of screening films at Smith Auditorium in Orange Town Hall. Several films were screened on the first weekend of the month and titles were selected by popular demand using a monthly email newsletter and survey. Tickets were on a donation basis, in compliance with its MPLC screening license, and a full range of refreshments, including fresh popcorn, were sold in the foyer. The crew consisted of family, friends, and YES members, including Jake Fairman, Katie Pierson, Phil Ballou, Jeroth Clark, Randy Sevene. Sadly, Founder & General Manager Charlie developed a congenital eye condition which drastically impaired his vision, and the venture was mothballed.
FOR THE LOVE OF MUSIC
PhilHarmonix Studio downstairs at YES
• 500 square-foot live room
• Comfortable, creative environment
• In-house producer and engineer
• Vintage and modern mics
Open by appointment from 2010-2013, the studio was managed by Bobby Falco-Killoran (YES ’10) in partnership with YES.
The Odd Jobs Squad has helped put hundreds of young people to work since its inception in 1998. As Squad members they earn money, gain job skills, work experience, and references by putting their skills to work helping residents, organizations, and businesses with affordable odd jobs services. OJS collected its best practices into a how-to Organizer’s Kit. This “soup to nuts” kit helped others to create their own self-sustaining youth odd jobs advertising service. YES sold the Kit for $100.00-$500.00 based on the purchasing organization’s annual income. Technical support was available for an additional fee.
A comprehensive, clearly-written 50-page Organizer’s Manual. The Manual is a step-by-step guide to help set up, staff, equip, market, manage, and fund Squads and to orient and train their teen jobbers. It also included downloadable templates to create all the materials they’d need.
A user-friendly database that helped them:
▪ manage jobbers’ contact & services data
▪ customize services & reports
▪ access an on-board help menu
▪ contact jobbers by phone, e-mail, mail
▪ print formatted service directories
▪ match customer requests with jobber services
▪ collect customer feedback/jobber earnings data
▪ connect with other organizers by email listserv
QuabbinTeens.org was a regional portal for area teens.
Helping You Save Money on Ink
Save 30%-50% on ink cartridges for Hewlett Packard, Canon, Dell, Epson, and Lexmark printers.
Quality Makes the Difference
Unlike “drill and fill” refillers, we completely disassemble, clean, and replace the filter and chip (if applicable) of every cartridge we sell. And while most competitors use just one type of ink for every make and model cartridge they refill, YES Ink sticks to inks specified by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM). Finally, we test each cartridge in its OEM’s printer before packaging it using a protective print-head clip and/or anti-static tape and bag.
YES Ink guarantees you will get the results you expect from our cartridges or we will gladly replace your cartridge or refund your money. Period.
Helping Planet Earth
We refill only pre-owned cartridges. Most are sourced locally from our neighbors via collection bins at schools, libraries, organizations, and YES Bizcenter, our youth-powered non-profit print/copy/fax/ship shop in Orange, MA. We use only earth friendly water-based inks and recycled packaging & shipping materials.
Helping Our Community
We gladly accept donations of inkjet cartridges via mail or at our store. Join in on our REWARDS PROGRAM and earn a .50 cent discount toward your next purchase or donate it to your favorite area school or organization.
Area schools, community organizers and non-profit organizations automatically save 5% on every purchase.
As a non-profit venture, we recycle 100% of our proceeds by providing support, training and employment to low-income court-involved, and out-of-school youth and teens in local dropout prevention programs.
Purchase online or at YES BizCenter.
OTHER VENTURES, PLANNED BUT NOT LAUNCHED
Solar Bat was designed to engage students in multi-disciplinary and service learning by helping them plan, assemble, and operate student-owned, school-based cooperatives that recharge AA, AAA, C, and D batteries using energy harvested from fixed and mobile photovoltaic panels. The need for The Solar Batt was established by a survey on battery use completed by over 400 teens at Athol High School. The model was developed between 2003-2005 in partnership with Athol High School, Don Campbell & Associates, Northeast Sustainable Energy Association, North Quabbin School-to-Careers Partnership, SolarOne Solutions, and Sustainable Step New England. Unfortunately, efforts to raise funds for a pilot program at the school were unsuccessful.
QuabbinWorks was to have been a community-accredited educational collaborative to help prepare young people ages 16-24 for employment, self-employment, and financial independence in the nine rural North Quabbin towns that straddle the border between north-central and western Massachusetts. The program was to be piloted with learners living or working in the Town of Orange— early school-leavers without a GED or high school diploma; those currently preparing for their GED; and those holding a GED or high school diploma but who need supplemental skills and support. Graduates of QuabbinWorks would earn an educational and job readiness credential recognized by the region’s gatekeepers to economic independence: employers, community colleges, financial institutions, landlords, vendors, and other entities. QuabbinWorks College was to provide high quality, hands-on training in job readiness, workplace basics, life skills, entrepreneurship, financial management, and business technology, among others. Class sessions and activities would have met during daytime, evening, and weekend hours at existing community facilities that are accessible by public transit by wheelchair
Mohawk Sporting/Dance Goods Swap Shop