Community Based Mentoring Program


YEP’s Community Based Mentoring (CBM) program, established in 2008, provides young male youth from Central City (ages 8-16) who are not court-involved, but who are at-risk for engaging in delinquent and negative behavior, with wrap-around supportive services and intensive mentoring provided by a full-time, trained and salaried Youth Advocate.  Using a combination of six different program services including home visits; school visits; mentoring; enrichment activities; counseling; and tutoring – youth engaged in the CBM program receive individualized supportive services that are geared toward ensuring they are happy, engaged and successful in their homes, communities and schools.  CBM youth spend face-to-face time with their Youth Advocate three to five times each week.

The goal of the CBM program is to ensure that YEP reaches youth in time to prevent their involvement in the juvenile justice system and keeps them on track to graduate high school and pursue post-secondary or career opportunities. The Community Based Mentoring program has proven to be extremely successful.

Of the initial 12 youth who entered the program in 2008:

  • 100 percent of the youth are still engaged in the program;
  • 100 percent of guardians report the program has had a positive influence on their child;
  • 100 percent of the youth rate the program as having a positive impact and having a positive relationship with the youth advocate.

YEP recently started a pilot of a Community Based Mentoring program in St. Charles parish.  You can click here to read more about two of the young men who have benefited from the CBM program!




100 percent of parents whose children participated in YEP’s CBM program indicated that they believe the program helped their child at home, in school and with their peers.


$75 pays for a month’s worth of one-on-one mentoring activities.