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What is YES Partnership?

YES Partnership is a  community-wide coalition dedicated to supporting youth and families by preventing suicide, substance and child abuse. Established in January 1986 in response to several teenage suicides in Tuolumne County, and working in collaboration with local organizations, parents and teens to create a drug, tobacco, and suicide‒safe community through the following strategies. Visit our dedicated website for more information.


 Increasing Resilience among youth by:

  • Developing youth assets

  • Engaging youth leadership opportunities

  • Supporting and providing positive adult interaction with youth.


Yes Partnership actively supports these partnerships in Tuolumne County:

  • Friday Night Live/Club Live

  • Youth Mentoring

  • Prevent Child Abuse

  • Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Take-Back Day

  • TRACE program to reduce youth access to alcohol

  • Opioid Safety Coalition

  • Suicide Prevention Task Force.


Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.  The training helps identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human service workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis.  Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people.  The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations.


safeTALK is a half–day alertness training that prepares anyone over the age of 15, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper.  Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die, but are struggling with the pain in their lives.  Through their words and actions, they invite help to stay alive.  safeTALK–trained helpers can recognize these invitations and take action by connecting them with life-saving intervention resources.


Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is for everyone 16 and older―regardless of prior experience―who wants to be able to provide suicide first aid.  The ASIST model teaches effective intervention skills while helping to build suicide prevention networks in the community

How Can You Get Involved?

  • Attend a meeting on the second Thursday of each month at the ATCAA Sonora Service Center

  • Participate in one of many programs and/or events sponsored by YES Partnership

  • Follow us on Facebook!


Interested in Volunteering, Participating in a Fundraising Event or Making a Donation?


YES Partnership is funded by grants from Tuolumne County Behavioral Health Department and the Sonora Area Foundation, an Annual Holiday Luncheon (in December) and community donations.


YES Partnership
(209) 533-1397, Ext. 226
427 N. Hwy 49, Suite 305, Sonora, CA

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