Yes Pa Helps to Bring Success Into the Lives of Others

The mission of the Yes Pa Foundation in Canandaigua, NY, is to assist young people and adults in developing positive character that includes a strong sense of control of one’s future, positive attitudes, and perseverance. The Yes Pa program emphasizes integrity, determination, and enthusiasm as keys to happiness and success. Chapter by chapter, Yes Pa uniquely connects the student, teacher, and parent.

Fred particularly focuses on sixth graders. At age 12, it was in his sixth grade that he turned his childhood prison on his father’s truck into a study center, got even with his bullies, and at age 16, becoming number one in a class of 70.

Teachers, mentors, or parents: Are you looking for a way to help kids learn that they are responsible for their own life path? Start with the free download of the Yes Pa book. Then use your home or school technology to freely choose supplemental videos of Fred’s work.

Corrections officials: Yes Pa is a digest of his book Prisoner of the Truck. At age 12, Fred turned his truck-prison into a study center. Youthful offenders have two choices in prison. Sulk, or turn their prison into a study center. A video on this website featuring youthful prisoners, as well as corrections officials, confirm the positive outcomes.

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Lessons of Personal Responsibility

The Yes Pa curriculum is based on Fred’s book, Prisoner of the Truck, and the real lessons he learned from his father as a child. This true story starts with Fred’s perception of a childhood prison on his immigrant Lebanese father’s fruit and vegetable truck. It was a 6-day, 100-hour-a-week job as Fred’s Pa went door-to-door selling the fresh fruits and vegetables he’d purchased from farmers.

At age 8, in the summer, while other kids were playing on the sidewalks and streets of Rochester, NY, Fred had to work on the truck. During school months, Fred especially hated work on Saturdays. It was 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., the last call being at a bar. In school, Fred didn’t like being called a pigeon-toed, bow-legged, knock-kneed, or dark-skin boy. He hated school and did poorly. He sulked from age 8 to 12. The only communication he had with his father was answering “Yes, Pa” when his father ordered him around. At age 12, three, 5-minute talks with his father changed Fred’s attitude and life.

Three Crucial Lessons

In the summer of 1938, three major events changed the life of Fred Sarkis forever. These three, 5-minute lessons are the basis of the Yes Pa program available free from the Fred Sarkis Yes Pa Foundation in Canandaigua, NY.

By selling strawberries door-to-door in the summer, Fred learned the power of enthusiasm. He also learned the importance of an education and the golden rule. A talk with his Pa made Fred realize that only he was responsible for where he would go with the rest of his life.

Fred turned the truck into a study center, and at night, Fred studied under a kerosene lamp. He thought, “Abe Lincoln did it, why can’t I? And he became president of the U.S.”


"These three, 5-minute lessons by my father, gave me a strong belief that I could escape the prison of mediocrity. I learned the importance of speaking up, openly and honestly. I would fight the good fight with enthusiasm. I would try to win every battle fairly and squarely. I would be equipped to overcome every hardship in my life. I would confront any struggle or problem with the patience I learned on the Prison-Truck. I would turn each difficulty or hardship into a success story. Nothing was impossible."

– Fred W. Sarkis