Post-Secondary and Employment Transition Services

The Youth Empowerment Project provides program participants and graduates, primarily from YEP's high school equivalency program, New Orleans Providing Literacy to All Youth (NOPLAY) with access to intensive post-secondary and employment transition services. These services are primarily coordinated and overseen by the YEP's Employment Transition Coordinator and Post-Secondary Transition Coordinator.

Successes of these services include:

  • Since 2011, YEP's Post-Secondary Transition coordinator has helped 70 NOPLAY graduates entering post-secondary institutions earn over $570,000 in federal and private scholarships and grants.
  • 89 percent of NOPLAY graduates who received support from the Post-Secondary Transition coordinator remain engaged in their post-secondary institutions after entering their second year of college.
  • In the 2015-16 fiscal year, we helped 58 people gain employment.
  • During the summer of 2016, 95 YEP participants were engaged in meaningful job training programming.

Additionally, as part of this work, YEP has developed partnerships with a growing list of local employers, all of whom have agreed to begin hiring YEP students or creating internship opportunities. Some of our key employer partners include: Volunteers of America; Dickie Brennan Corporation; Barriere Construction; Regions Bank; Dolphin Debit Access, GoodWork Network; Harrah's Casino; Sheraton Hotel; Dryades Public Market, Besh Restaurant Group, Lambeth House, JUMA Ventures, and Raising Cane’s.