20 Years Strong Celebration

We celebrated 20 years of YES Prep in the Houston community and honored our founder, Chris Barbic!

We celebrated 20 years of YES Prep in the Houston community and honored our founder, Chris Barbic!

20th anniversary logo which includes Houston skyline in forward facing arrow
YES Prep Public schools would like to extend tremendous gratitude to our committed and enduring supporters who joined our 20 Years Strong Celebration at the Founders' Dinner on Thursday, November 16 at the home of Laura and John Arnold and at the Legacy Luncheon Friday, November 17 at the Hobby Center for Performing Arts. These two events celebrated our 20 year journey while toasting those who were and continue to be integral to our growth and development. 

We are thrilled to share that our 20 Years Strong Celbration raised an incredible $1.2 million in support of our students. YES Prep Public Schools proudly serves over 12,500 students across 17 campuses in some of the most underserved communities in Houston. We continue to defy the odds while proving that different outcomes are possible when students are given access to high quality educational opportunities. YES Prep alumni are earning college degrees four times the rate of their peers with similar economic backgrounds. 

This remarkable achievement is thanks in part to generous supporters like you. On behalf of the students at YES Prep, we thank you for being a vital part of our YES Prep family. 

​                                                                              20 Years Strong Celebration Media Coverage
                                                                                    Paper City Magazine
                                                                                      Houston Chronicle

photos from 20th luncheon and dinner


     YES Prep 20th Anniversary from YES Prep on Vimeo.


 ​                                                                                 Thank you to our Generous Underwriters

Laura & John Arnold​
Janet Clark​
Claire & Joe Greenberg​
Debra & Mark Gregg​
Carla Knobloch / ​Knobloch Family Foundation​

Mickey Barrett
Capital One Commercial Banking
Linda & Steve Webster
Stedman West Foundation

Lana & Chip Cureton​
Sarah & Doug Foshee​
Ann & Johnny Johnson​
Lori & Chip Johnson​
Sippi & Ajay Khurana​
Laura & Will Leven​
Devin & Ryan McCord​
Kelly & Bill Montgomery​
Laurie & Reed Morian​
Cathryn & Doug Selman​
Jeri & Marc Shapiro​
Carolyn & Garry Tanner​
Tamara & Carl Tricoli​
Ann & Richard Vaughan​
Randa & K.C. Weiner​

Julie & Drew Alexander​
GSO Capital​
The Higginbotham Community Fund /​ Ellen & Paige M. Cokinos / Be & John Petrosky​
Marita & J.B. Fairbanks​
Jennifer & Benjamin Fink / Western Gas​
Barbara & Michael Gamson​
Madeline & Drew Masterson / Hilltop Securities​
Eunice & Randall Meyer​
Paula & Mark Permenter​
Suzie & Don Sinclair​
Carrie & Ron Woliver​
Ann & Ben Ziker​

Ana Escalona & Rodrigo Amaré​
Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP​
Bank of Texas​
BBVA Compass​
Millicent & Steven Chancellor​
The Cockrell Foundation​
Mary Ann & Tim Detmering​
Element Architects​
First Student – Houston​
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP​
Eleanor & Dan Gilbane​
Goldman, Sachs & Co​
Robin & Daniel Klaes / ​
Gigi & Jose Valera​
Linbeck Group​
Moelis & Company​
Karen & Gene Oshman​
Preferred Technologies​
Alie & Dave Pruner​
Straus Systems​
Tudor, Pickering & Co. 
Melanie M. Trent​
Susan & Gene Vaughan /​ Margaret Vaughan Cox & ​Jonathan Cox​
Vinson & Elkins LLP​
Jillian & Yuri Waldo​
Meg & Dick Weekley​
Peggy & Ray Wilcox​

Chinhui & Edward Allen
Melissa Baldwin
Marilyn Brooks​
Richard Burleson
Jane & Robert Cabes​
Gaylon Cain
Candice & Eric Calderon​
Jacqui & Tom Castro​
Cathy & Paul Chapman​
James Chenoweth
Jay Chernosky
Nisha Desai & Alan Clark
Lynda Clemmons
Trisha Cornwell
Sarah Cove
Liz & Steve Crowell
Tiffany & Paul Cuellar-Needham
Yolanda Cunningham
Amelia Dawkins
Mary Rebecca & Cody Dick​
Elise Donovan
Daniel East
Cheryl & Andrew Fossler
Kate Gillespie
Anne & Cary Goss
Tawana Greene
Brooke & Jeff Gunst​
Alexandra Hales & ​Luis Elizondo-Thompson​
Catherine & Brian James
Greg Jensen
Beverly Jurenko
Christine Keating
Suzanne & Barry Kelly​
Candice Koederitz
Rena and Mike Koinis
Geji & Shaun Loether
Judith McGuire
Anne & John Mendelsohn​
mg Productions​
Fannie & Peter Morris​
Nancy Orozco
Tami & Lee Pearson​
Pieper Houston Electric​
Anil Pillai
Schulman, Lopez, Hoffer & Adelstein, LLP​
Leo Schuster
Silver Eagle Distributors​
Denise & Elliot Smith
Josephine & Richard Smith​
Rev. Leslie Smith II​
Teresa Smith
Alan Stewart
Amy Stugart
Janice & Erich Teske​
Chris Warley
Jenny & Blake Webster
Elena White
Anne Whitlock & Michael Skelly
Carol & Marc Winograd​
YES Prep Professionals​


​                                                                                                      Event Leadership
Honoree, Chris Barbic
Honorary Chairs, Laura and John Arnold
Event Chairs, Lori and Chip Johnson
                                                                                                Underwriting Committee
Mickey Barrett
Janet Clark 
Jennifer and Benjamin Fink
Claire and Joe Greenberg 
Debra and Mark Gregg 
Sippi and Ajay Khurana
Madeline and Drew Masterson 
Devin and Ryan McCord 
Laurie and Reed Morian
Josephine and Richard Smith 
Eliza and Stuart Stedman  
Carolyn and Garry Tanner
Ann and Richard Vaughan
Linda and Steven Webster
Constance White