YOUTH EMPOWERMENT PROJECT

YEP empowers young people to improve their lives and the lives of others.

aka YEP   |   New Orleans, LA   |  http://www.youthempowermentproject.org

Mission

YEP engages underserved young people through community-based education, mentoring and employment readiness programs to help them develop skills and strengthen ties to family and community.

Ruling year info

2005

Chief Executive Officer

Melissa Sawyer

Main address

1600 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.

New Orleans, LA 70113 USA

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EIN

42-1633060

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

At YEP, we believe that every young person in New Orleans deserves equal access to the opportunities and resources necessary to reach their full potential. We envision a community where every young person feels safe, valued and supported. Unfortunately, this is not the current reality. High rates of economic inequality and a lack of family-sustaining jobs continue to widen the opportunity gap in our community. Too many New Orleans children are chronically exposed to poverty, trauma and violence and lack access to the quality educational opportunities that would help them break this cycle.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

YEP Educates

YEP Educates is an adult education program that provides an alternative and flexible pathway for students ages 16 and up to build literacy skills, earn their HiSET and transition into postsecondary education and training. Ultimately, the goal of the program is to increase the life opportunities and earning potential for adult learners of all ages who became disconnected from the traditional education system.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people
At-risk youth
Adolescents

YEP Mentors is a community-based mentoring program for system-involved young people, ages 8 to 21. Youth participants are referred to YEP by the Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice, the Orleans Parish Juvenile Court, or the St. Charles Parish Court. Mentoring services are delivered by YEP Youth Advocates, who are trained and salaried staff who provide intensive, culturally competent and non-judgmental case management and mentoring services to young people as well as supplemental support to their families.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Preteens
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Ex-offenders

YEP Enriches is an out-of-school time enrichment program for young people, ages 7 to 18, located in the Central City neighborhood of New Orleans. Our year-round, free programming provides approximately 175 youth with academic support, physical activity, music and arts instruction, social-emotional support, and fun and educational activities such as chess club, media club, and robotics. YEP also runs Louisiana’s only Camp Mariposa, a national addiction prevention and mentoring program for youth who have been impacted by substance abuse in their families.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Children
Preteens
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people

YEP Works is a work-based learning program that engages young people between the ages of 16 and 24. Participants earn hourly stipends while developing social emotional competencies and gaining transferable work-based skills. YEP Works also operates a full-service bike shop and thrift store, which serve as ideal training locations for young people to practice the transferable skills they learn in the YEP Works program. Participants train in both shops alongside peers and adult staff as they learn the fundamentals of customer service, communication, teamwork, and problem solving.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Young adults
Unemployed people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

YEP serves over 800 unduplicated participants per year. In our most recent fiscal year, YEP served 698 participants.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Community-based services like those provided by YEP are a powerful tool to address many of the challenges our city faces, including poverty, crime and disconnection from school and employment. Through high quality programs and qualified, caring staff, YEP creates a space where young people can feel safe, valued and supported.

In 2021 and beyond, YEP will continue to operate our four service areas programs which enable young people to engage with programming year-round. All of YEP's programs are free to participants in order to ensure that they are accessible to the most vulnerable and underserved youth in the city.

YEP's staff has unparalleled personal, educational and professional experience working with-risk, out-of-school and court-involved youth, and YEP has a proven track record of successfully raising the funds required to operate effective and robust programs. YEP has a strong network of community partners which enables us to refer young people to services they may need if we don't provide them in-house. YEP works year-round to identify and secure new funding partnerships, while prioritizing maintaining relationships with existing funders.

YEP defines success based upon program-specific metrics that we track annually. These goals include total program participation, satisfaction surveys completed by program participants and their parents or guardians, and the results of pre and post-tests that indicate knowledge and skill growth in specific topics. Ultimately, our program is successful when we have full participation, our participants feel like the program has been beneficial for them, and we can identify specific improvements that participants have made as a result of their participation.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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YOUTH EMPOWERMENT PROJECT

Board of directors
as of 02/23/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Chris LeBato

Scot Craig

Ben Allen

Elijah Feinstein

Leroy Prout

Lynne Burkart

Laura Politz

Jackie Weill

Suzanne Rusovich

Chris LeBato

Franchesca Lorio

Elizabeth Boh

Jay Dumas

Judge Calvin Johnson

Elicia Broussard Sheridan

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/23/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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Female

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