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Youth Empowerment Project was founded in 2004 by three juvenile justice advocates to support formerly incarcerated young people as they transitioned back into their communities. It was the first program of its kind in the state of Louisiana. Since then, YEP has expanded to engage young people who live in poverty, are out of school or work, or have experienced trauma.


Today, we provide mentoring and youth advocacy, adult education and high school equivalency preparation, employment readiness and career exploration, and out-of-school time enrichment programming. As a community-based nonprofit, these programs have been developed in response to unmet community needs and are aligned with YEP’s core purpose, which is to empower young people to improve their lives and the lives of others.


Mission & Values
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Our core value icons were designed by YEP youth interns on our Communications team.


We're so grateful to the individuals, companies, and foundations that support our work and share a vision for the kind of society we want for our children. Partners listed below include those who have made a donation of at least $10,000 in the past year.



The YEP Team

Board of Directors.

Board of Directors

Suzanne Rusovich (President)


Lynne Burkart, CPA (Co-Vice President)

P&N Accounting and Assurance Services 


Benjamin Allen (Co-Vice President)

PerkUp Financial Health


Franchesca B. Lorio (Treasurer)

Advantage Capital Partners, New Orleans


Elizabeth A. Boh

Gretchen Chase (Secretary)

Clayton Ventures


Scot Craig

Katie's Restaurant

Kate deKay

Eustis Mortgage

Donna Luke Derokey

Stirling Properties

Megan Beer Eustis

MC Bank

Jay Dumas

Dumas Family Dentistry

Eli Feinstein

Fox Henning

Amanda Hammack

Tulane University, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

Judge Calvin Johnson (Ret.)

Chris LeBato

MC Bank

Laura Politz 

Leroy Prout

HRI Properties

Elicia Broussard Sheridan

New Orleans Saints

Jackie Weill

Weill Consulting Group

John S. Williams

The Law Offices of John S. Williams


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