Youth Empowerment Project

Nonprofit Profile


For 12 years, YEP has designed and operated innovative programs that meet the needs of out-of-school and disconnected New Orleans youth, and addressed barriers that result from poverty, violence and a lack of educational opportunities. Through our 10 programs, we provide young people ages 7-24 with literacy and HiSET (formerly GED) instruction, post-secondary transition support, job readiness, afterschool enrichment, tutoring, summer programming, mentoring, intensive case management, assistance with basic needs, and a holistic set of wrap-around services that are unique to each young person and their individual circumstances.


To support young people, YEP offers:

• Intensive Mentoring Services: YEP staff spent more than 8,000 hours assisting youth with basic needs and serving as their advocates.

• Enrichment Programming: YEP offers Afterschool and Summer Camp to keep our youngest participants safe and on track at school.

• Adult Education: YEP has helped 290 people to earn their HiSET. We are the largest provider of adult education in New Orleans that works with youth ages 16-24 — specifically Opportunity Youth who are not in school or working.

• Job Training and Placement: In 2015 alone, YEP trained nearly 150 young people to improve employability, and connected 105 youth to employment opportunities and 90 youth to best-fit postsecondary education programs.


Creating meaningful opportunities for young people in New Orleans really does take a village, and we would be honored to welcome you into the extended YEP family. You can support our work by making a donation, following us on Facebook and Twitter, signing up for our e-newsletter, and/or sponsoring a young person in one of our programs.

You can do all of these things and more by visiting our website,

LEFT: YEP provides enrichment opportunities to afterschool youth, including yoga, digital literacy,
rock climbing and gardening. RIGHT: YEP’s Work and Learn graduates develop hard and soft skills that empower them in the workplace. For example, each young person participates in a mock job interview with a local business person.


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

(504) 522-1316
1600 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard
New Orleans, LA 70113



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