Brittany is a graduate of the Youth Empowerment Project's (YEP's) Village program, a subset of YEP's New Orleans Providing Literacy to All Youth (NOPLAY) program, which provides youth ages 16-21 with high school equivalency instruction coupled with intensive wrap-around case management, mentoring and supportive services. Brittany has faced several obstacles on her path to earning a high school equivalency. She has been homeless at points, largely relying on friends who let her stay with them. Despite this, she worked tirelessly towards her high school equivalency while also successfully completing the YEP's Work & Learn Center, which is a youth employment training program where youth earn a stipend while working alongside YEP staff, gaining vital hard and soft skills that help them get and keep jobs.
After receiving her HiSET, Brittany enrolled at Delgado Community College (DCC), where she is studying to become an electrician through DCC's Residential Electrician C.T.S. Program. Earlier this year, she faced a heavy obstacle: she couldn't return to DCC without paying a $1,500 balance. With the support of YEP's staff, including the organization's Post-Secondary Transition Coordinator, Brittany was awarded a $3,000 scholarship through a community partner, Ozanam Inn, and was able to resume her program this fall semester. She is now in her second semester and will graduate in spring 2016.