Hear Elizabeth Smart’s Inspirational Story at YES Fundraising Event

The public is invited to YES’ Invest in Youth Breakfast • March 13, 2012


Youth Eastside Services (YES) is pleased to welcome Elizabeth Smart as the keynote speaker at its annual Invest in Youth Breakfast on Tuesday, March 13, at Meydenbauer Center. The public is invited to attend the fundraising event and hear Smart’s story of triumph over adversity.

Smart was kidnapped from her Salt Lake City home when she was 14-years-old. The nation was captivated by this random act thrust upon a close-knit family, and breathed a collective sigh of relief when she was safely returned nine months later. Today, thanks to her strong family and community support, she is completing college, is engaged to be married, has launched a foundation to prevent future crimes against children, and is a correspondent for ABC News. Smart’s keynote address atInvest in Youth marks nine years since her return home.

YES is a lifeline for kids and families in the greater Eastside who are coping with challenges such as emotional distress, substance abuse and violence. Through intervention, education and prevention, YES builds confidence and responsibility and strengthens family relationships. Like Smart, YES advocates for a safer community that cares for its youth.

Proceeds from Invest in Youth benefit the agency’s Lifeline Fund. This fund ensures that children and their families get the help they need, regardless of their ability to pay for services. In the past five years YES has provided more than $1.2 million in uncompensated care to help youth overcome challenges such as abuse, depression, suicidal thinking and addiction.

Invest in Youth is co-chaired by Kathi Goertzen of KOMO 4 News and Jennifer Ivan from Microsoft. There is no cost to attend; however, guests are asked to make a donation to the Lifeline Fund.  Those who host a table are guaranteed a seat and will be invited to an exclusive, post-event meet-and-greet with Smart. For more information or to reserve a seat, visit YouthEastsideServices.org