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


Our core purpose is to empower young people to improve their lives and the lives of others. 


YEP was founded in 2004 by three juvenile justice advocates as the first juvenile reentry program for formerly incarcerated children in Louisiana, and it has grown into one of the most comprehensive nonprofits in Greater New Orleans providing services to a broad range of young people and their families. We now annually reach over 900 individuals from 13 parishes through four key programs across five locations: Central City, Mid-City, the West Bank, New Orleans East, and St. Charles Parish.




YEP Core Values

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

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