Darrin is originally from Michigan, where he received a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from Grand Valley State University in 2007. While living in Michigan, Darrin worked in a residential treatment facility for children in the child welfare system. He relocated to New Orleans in 2008 to obtain his Masters in Social Work from Tulane University. While he was a graduate student at Tulane, Darrin was a Social Work Intern at YEP and was subsequently hired by YEP after his graduation in 2009. Darrin is currently the Director of Programs at YEP, and he oversees YEP's Youth Futures Initiative (YFI), Community Based Mentoring (CBM) and Community Based Prevention (CBP) programs. He is also YEP’s point person for evaluation and data management. Prior to his role as the Director of Programs, Darrin has been the Director of YEP's Village program, Work & Learn Center, and YFI program. Darrin has more than 12 years of applied professional experience working with underserved and vulnerable youth.
70 percent of YEP’s staff members are born and raised in New Orleans and the vast majority grew up in the same neighborhoods that our youth live in. Our staff members’ personal understanding of the challenges that our young people face make them uniquely qualified to provide support to YEP youth.