Darren Alridge

Para-Instructor and Afterschool Program Coordinator

darrenDarren, a native of New Orleans, was our 100th GED graduate in 2011 and worked YEP on a part-time basis for over a year before being the first YEP program graduate to be hired as a full-time staff member. He works as a para-instructor for our NOPLAY program and oversees recreation activities for our Afterschool and Summer Camp programs.


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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.