YEP in the News

February 2017 

Highlights from Bal Masque 2017 were included in a news feature which included a slideshow showcasing the vibrant fundraiser organized by the Link Stryjewski Foundation. The story was published in the Times-Picayune on January 25. Read it HERE.

WGSO Radio Interview. YEP Deputy Director Jerome Jupiter and Director of Programs Darrin McCall were interviewed about YEP by radio host Jean Paul LeGarde for his program "Slow Money Show" which aired on January 23. Listen HERE.

  • The Youth Empowerment Project's Director of Programs, Darrin McCall was featured in a WWL-TV news report on the recent uptick of violent crime in New Orleans. That violence has once again hit close to home for YEP participants and staff. Watch the news report which aired on January 18 HERE.

    One of our YEP participants and staff were featured in a Times-Picayune special report called "Family Sentence". The multi-part series focuses on parental incarceration. You can read the full report HERE 
  • Alex Dufrene, a YEP Trafigura Work and Learn graduate spoke about the importance of receiving TOPS Scholarship funding in a video accompanying this Times-Picayune news story on January 9. Watch HERE.

  • Bike Easy highlighted Trafigura Work & Learn Center's lead mechanic Woody Joseph and W&L student/youth mechanic Monica for holding an adult bike workshop on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The YEP duo taught basic bike repair skills and shared rider safety tips. To read more on what they did, read the full blog HERE.


    January 2017


    Gambit's New Orleanians of the Year (2016) honoring YEP Co-founder/Executive Director Melissa Sawyer. Read the profile HERE.


    December 2016 

    Herald Guide features YEP staff members Sandra Washington and John Emery who run our Community-Based Prevention Program in St. Charles Parish. Read Sandra's and John's articles here.

    United Way of Southeast Louisiana spotlights new partership with YEP in 60-minute radio interview with Director of Programs Darrin McCall, Director of Trafigura Work and Learn Center Brice White and Director of New Orleans Providing Literacy to All Youth (NOPLAY) Dr. Trashanda Grayes. Listen HERE. It aired on Sunday, November 27 on the following stations: WKBU 95.7 FM - WNOE 101.1 FM - WLMG 101.9 FM - WRNO 99.5 FM - WEZB 97.1 FM - KDVU 104.1 FM - WWL 105.3 FM - WODT 1280 AM - WWL 870 AM - ROK 96.3 FM - WWL 1350 AM - WYLD 940 AM - WQUE - 93.3 FM.

    Exact Change Strategies profiled YEP in a case study connected to the work they did with us. Read it HERE

    November 2016

    The New Orleans Pelicans invited YEP to moderate a community discussion on October 24 about policing in light of current tensions between law enforcement and minorities in Louisiana and across the country. Melissa and Darrin McCall helped guide the two-hour intimate dinner and conversation at the Pelicans training facility in Metairie.  Guests included YEP youth and staff, Pelicans players and staff, local law enforcement agencies and other members of the community. We hope to connect with the Pelicans again to host similar events in the future. Here are some photos from the evening and this video produced by the Pelicans.

    YEP was interviewed on WDSU (CH 6) during the station’s morning show at 6:30 a.m. on October 19 August Collins talked about the importance of the Student Pledge as part of the Day of National Concern - a national campaign against youth gun violence. He shared his personal experience of working with New Orleans youth and seeing firsthand the negative impact of gun violence in our community. Watch here.

    YEP's Executive Director & Co-founder Melissa Sawyer was interviewed by WWL radio host Monica Pierre. Melissa talked about her recent trip to the White House for the South by South Lawn event and upcoming happenings with YEP. The segment aired throughout the morning of October 23 on the following stations: WWL-HD Radio The Delta – 6:00 a.m. | WEZB B-97 – 6:00 a.m. | WKBU Bayou 95.7 – 6:30 a.m. | WLMG Magic 101.9 – 7:00 a.m. | 3WL 1350-AM – 7:00 a.m. | WWL-AM 870 – 7:30 a.m. | 105.3 FM – 7:30 a.m. | – 7:30 a.m.

    YEP Board Member Judge Calvin Johnson interviewed Melissa and Darrin McCall for his on-line radio show on WHIVFM at 5 pm on October 26. They discussed how YEP supports Opportunity Youth.

    A YEP Alumnus doing great things was featured in this article. Ranked #1 on this list is Village graduate and former YEP staff member, Kym Anthoni (formerly known as Anthony Johnson).

    YEP Work and Learn grads Ashanti Alexander and Melane Edwards were profiled in this QUEORK promotional video. After completing a YEP coordinated externship with the New Orleans-based company they were both hired by QUEORK because of the skill sets they learned in our creative digital media program.

    September- October 2016

    YEP’s St. Charles Parish Day of Service was featured in the Times-Picayune’s River Parishes section on September 21, 2016. Please see feature below. 



    YEP’s St Charles Parish Community-Based Prevention program was also featured in The Herald Guide in the week of September 29-October 5 edition. Click here.

    August-September 2016

    The Gambit Weekly mentioned YEP running programs that “work” in a “Behind the Numbers” news piece on August 15. Click here.

    WWL-TV featured YEP Youth at a Day of Service on August 26. YEP Youth and Staff rolled up their sleeves to help flood victims in Baton Rouge. Click here to watch.

    YEP’s Camp Mariposa was featured in The Greater New Orleans Drug Reduction Coalition – Summer 2016 Newsletter. Read it here.

    YEP Archives

    Fivethirtyeight interviews YEP staff : "

    Darren Alridge now works at the New Orleans nonprofit organization where he took GED classes. Alridge calls on counselors at the Youth Empowerment Project to recognize outstanding students in their charge."

    Two Young Professionals Band Together to Serve Young People Affected by Violence.

    WWLTV highlights YEP's 40 Under 40 cohort and its amazing founders in this newsclip.

    Darren Aldridge interview click here

    We are also proud to report that Darren Aldridge, YEP alum-turned-staff-member, was interviewed and featured as a Youth Leader in the March 2016 Jobs for the Future newsletter. Jobs for the Future reengages opportunity youth and young adults who are off track to graduation, or are disconnected from education and/or work, and helps put them on a path to postsecondary credentials.  Here is the article.

    YEP is featured in this article in The Washington Post around President Obama's visit to New Orleans

    YEP is featured in this article from The Chronicle of Philanthropy, detailing the changing fundraising landscape post-Katrina.

    Read this profile of Darren Alridge done by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. 

    Learn more about one of our amazing teachers, Mr. Rodney, in this piece from National Public Radio

    Read about the importance of YEP's work in supporting "Opportunity Youth" in this piece from National Public Radio

    Learn more about YEP on Marketplace's Morning Report! 


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    YEP's youth and staff continue to gain local and national publicity for their engagement in an organization that provides innovative; impactful and cost-efficient programming for disconnected and high-risk youth.