The Youth Empowerment Project opened the Trafigura Work & Learn Center in December 2013 which is a youth employment readiness program comprised of three youth-driven businesses, YEP Bike Works, YEP Thrift Works, and YEP Design Works. Working alongside YEP staff, youth ages 16-24 receive an educational stipend while learning valuable employment skills.
Bike Works: As part of the training they receive, Bike Works participants are able to sell bicycles and bicycle jewelry they have constructed, along with bicycle accessories, snacks, and YEP gear.
Design Works: In September 2016 following a successful 15-month partnership with innovative youth design studio Young Creative Agency (YCA), YEP Design Works was born. The creative digital media program is a graphic design agency catering to local and national clients to create branding and marketing campaigns and materials. While working on client jobs, professional design mentors guide and collaborate with students on every step of the design process. Click here for more details.
Thrift Works: YEP opened a new retail space next to Bike Works in December 2016. Thrift Works provides youth with real-world customer service, point of sale, and inventory management experience in a vibrant retail environment. Donations of gently used items are appreciated such as shirts/blouses, suits, dresses, pants/jeans, shoes, purses, belts, furniture, small appliances, housewares, sporting goods, and toys/books/music/DVDs. They can be dropped off during regular Thrift Works business hours.
For more information contact Brice White, Work & Learn Director, at bwhite@