Youth Empowerment Project
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS PLAYER CAM JORDAN WEARS CLEATS CREATED BY DESIGN WORKS STUDIO DURING DECEMBER 23RD NFL GAME

The YEP Design Works team met with New Orleans Saints player Cameron Jordan on December 18 to show the defensive end their custom design for a pair of his cleats. The studio met with Jordan in early December to brainstorm concepts for the design. Afterwards, YEP Design Works apprentices spent time researching the shoe painting process, creating a moodboard inspired by their discussion with Jordan, and then coming up with individual sketches for the cleat design. With the pro athlete’s input, the team settled on a design featuring Jordan in the style of a well known anime series called “My Hero Academia” about a teacher/superhero.

On December 23, Jordan wore the YEP Design Works created cleats on the field during a home game against the Pittsburgh Steelers inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The YEP group were invited to attend and were featured during the game. This football season, Jordan chose the Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) for his NFL ‘My Cause, My Cleats’ campaign.

SAVE THE DATE: YEP FEST 2019! Sunday, March 24, 2019

The Youth Empowerment Project’s (YEP’s) 3rd Annual Fundraiser, YEP Fest presented by IBERIABANK, is an afternoon of fun, competitive pedicab races among sponsoring businesses, as well as a festival for all New Orleanians to enjoy live music, entertainment, raffle giveaways, food trucks, and drinks!

To sponsor a pedicab racing team, sign-up as an event sponsor or to volunteer, please contact Nicole Woolfolk at: nwoolfolk@youthempowermentproject.org.

We hope to see you at YEP Fest 2019!

CULTURAL EXCHANGE CONTINUES AT YEP
WITH BIOCENTRIC MOVEMENT & MEDITATION TRAINING

For two weeks in December, YEP hosted guests from Rede Cidadã. The Brazilian-based organization has helped place thousands of young people into jobs across the South American country. Trainers Marcela and Dani spent their first week in New Orleans showing a group of YEP staff and two YEP Board members the biocentric movement and meditation exercises they use to work with underserved youth in Brazil.

During week two, the duo trained a second group of YEP staff by educating them on their one-on-one and group focused youth development techniques. YEP’s Board of Directors was also introduced to Rede Cidadã’s unique methodology that incorporates biocentric movement and dance into employment readiness and apprenticeship training for young people.

The long-term goal is for YEP staff to then implement what they have learned into YEP’s community-based mentoring, education, employment readiness and enrichment programming in 2019. This is the third cross-cultural exchange between YEP and Rede Cidadã made possible by the generous support of The International Youth Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

YEP ENRICHES: DEBUT PERFORMANCE OF DRUMLINE & DANCE TEAM AT AUDUBON ZOO LIGHTS EVENT

YEP ENRICHES: The YEP Drumline and Dance Team performed at the sold out Audubon Zoo Lights event on Saturday, December 15 in New Orleans. The Drumline and Dance Team are part of YEP’s free-of-charge Afterschool Program which caters to youth between the ages of 7 and 18.

The group of youth enjoyed their Zoo Lights debut and YEP staff and other supporters who were present had fun watching them perform! Special thanks to Kristy Tett for sharing these beautiful photos of the event with YEP.

YEP 2018 HIGHLIGHTS : WATCH NOW

YEP in the news…
  •  YEP Co-Founder & Executive Director/CEO Melissa Sawyer featured by Nola.com as 300 people who made New Orleans.
  • CNBC’s ‘The Profit’ highlights YEP externship partnership with New Orleans-based luxury goods manufacturer Queork. Watch here.
  • YEP Juvenile Justice Program Specialist August Collins honored with “Unsung Hero” award at Institute of Women & Ethnic Studies gala which was featured by Nola.com.
  • United Way of St. Charles Parish profiles grantees including the Youth Empowerment Project in video project. Watch here.

For more information, please contact: Tania Dall, YEP Director of Communications at: tdall@youthempowermentproject.org