Named after the African Proverb “it takes a village to raise a child,” the Village Program, established in 2009, provides out-of-school youth ages 16-21 with GED/HiSET preparation* and wrap-around case management services. The Village is an effective and innovative approach to ensuring that youth who were not successful in the traditional school system, for whatever reason, receive the individualized support they need to receive their GED/HiSET and pursue post-graduate opportunities.
Village participants receive engaging classroom instruction, in a welcoming and supportive environment for 15 hours per week. The curriculum includes a combination of GED/HiSET preparation; job readiness; and life skills. In addition to the classroom component of the Village, students also receive support from a full-time Social Worker and a full-time Youth Advocate/Mentor who provide wrap-around supportive services to youth in their homes and the community.
Students from the Village Program continue to make academic advances. Last year, the GED graduation rate for black male youth in the Village program increased by 17 percent.
The Village Program currently has the capacity to serve 120 youth per year and is housed out of our main educational site located at 139 S. Broad Street. Additionally, in the fall of 2014 YEP began opering a pilot of the Village program within Cohen College Prep High School, which allows students to work towards their High School Equivalency degree while remaining engaged in a traditional high school setting. For more information on enrollment, contact Jessica Irving at 504-658-9225.
*In January 2014, the state of Louisiana moved from utilizing the GED examination to the HiSET test, which will now serve as the high school equivalency examination for all Louisiana residents.
$100 pays for a month of mentoring activities or one Friday enrichment activity for all Village youth.