Brice White grew up in Southeastern Pennsylvania and moved to New Orleans in 1993. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Tulane University in Environmental Engineering in 1997. In 1998 he co-founded the Coalition to Free The Angola Three and worked with grassroots groups pushing for changes in the school to prison pipeline and an end to the prison-industrial complex. In 2001 he joined the JJPL as a Youth Advocate in the Post-Disposition Project team working with incarcerated youth statewide, creating aftercare plans and connecting youth to resources. He left JJPL in 2004 and focused on community organizing and housing work in his neighborhood of Mid-City, as well as environmental justice in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In 2008 he co-founded Jane Place Neighborhood Sustainability Initiative (JPNSI), a Community Land Trust dedicated to operating affordable housing and to resident controlled development. As Brice Nice, he is also a club DJ and hosts the Block Party Saturdays 6-8pm on WWOZ.
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.