The Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) is a community-based 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. YEP’s founders started the organization in 2004 in order to assist young people returning to New Orleans from correctional facilities. Since its inception, YEP has earned local and statewide recognition for being at the cutting edge of progressive programs for at-risk youth. We started as the first-of-its-kind re-entry program for juvenile offenders in Louisiana and now we are the region’s most comprehensive and established agency working with at-risk, court-involved and out-of-school youth.
We have expanded our original mission statement to meet the increased needs of our community post-Katrina, starting an educational program for out-of-school youth in 2006. YEP now runs seven programs out of six locations which provide over 1,000 youth annually with GED and literacy services; job skill development; mentoring; intensive case management; enrichment and summer activities; and a holistic set of client-centered ancillary wrap-around services that are unique to each youth and their individual circumstances.