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Thank you for your interest in volunteering with YEP! Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not accepting volunteers at this time in an effort to ensure the safety of our young people, staff, and volunteers.


If you would like to volunteer at a future date, please complete an application and a staff member will be in touch with you once volunteer projects are available again.

YEP operates a full-service bike shop and a thrift store located on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard in Central City. These shops provide young people with work-based learning opportunities while also offering essential retail services to the community. We hope you'll visit us to shop and see our programs in action.

We also welcome donations of clothes, bikes, and household items.

Individual donors are the lifeblood of community-based organizations like YEP. Our work would not be possible without your generous financial support. By donating to YEP, you become a critical partner in our mission to empower young people to improve their lives and the lives of others. Thank you!

Each year, local businesses, individuals, and foundations provide funding for some of our most essential community services and events. We hope you’ll consider partnering with us to provide young people in the Greater New Orleans region the opportunities, resources, and relationships they need to thrive.


To sign up, fill out the form below indicating which volunteer opportunity interests you. Please email questions to Holly Heine at hheine@youthempowermentproject.org.


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Bike Works

Bike Works is a full-service bicycle repair shop. Young people learn to diagnose and fix both customer-owned and donated bicycles. Students learn the basics of customer service as well as bicycle maintenance.

Current hours of operation:

Monday - Friday: 10am - 5pm

1604 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.,

New Orleans, LA 70113
(504) 264-7090


Thrift Works

Thrift Works is a clothing, furniture, and household thrift store. Young people gain real-world customer service, point of sale, and inventory management experience in a vibrant retail environment.

Donations of gently used items, such as clothing, accessories, small appliances, housewares, toys, and books are appreciated. Donations are only accepted when the store is open.

Current hours of operation:

Monday - Friday: 10am - 5pm

1626 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.,

New Orleans, LA 70113
(504) 702-8070


There are many opportunities throughout the year for both individual and group volunteer activities at YEP. We would be happy to work with your organization to tailor a sponsorship opportunity to meet your objectives for community and employee engagement.