About Us

About Us

Young-Educated-Determined to Succeed Inc. (Y.E.D.S.) is a non-profit 501(c) 3 community-based organization that provides services to families in the Greater Hartford Area. Y.E.D.S. is located in East Hartford, Connecticut, and was founded in 2016 by La’Shunda Nolen, Executive Director. 

Y.E.D.S. achieves its mission by establishing partnerships with families, schools, community members, and organizations by providing year-round programs that focus on character and leadership development, mental health, and fitness.  Y.E.D.S. achievements include the Young Entrepreneurship Program,  Purple Diamond Elite Performing Arts Program, and co-creation of the Greater Hartford Leadership Academy.


Young-Educated-Determined to Succeed's (Y.E.D.S.) vision is every young person who participates in Y.E.D.S. will advance to higher education while gaining knowledge to become productive citizens of society and give back to their communities. 

Y.E.D.S. prides itself on providing a safe and nurturing learning environment for youth of all ages. 


Y.E.D.S. Core Values are:
Commitment to Success



 2019 -  Youth and Leadership Development- State of Connecticut Official Citation  

 2018 - Youth and Leadership Development - State of Connecticut Official Citation       

 2018 - Champion for Youth and Leadership Development: Organizations of New England Chapters