Through the initial support of the Greater New Orleans Foundation Coastal Communities Fund, the Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) started its Community Based Prevention Program in St. Charles parish in 2012.
Now entering its fourth year, the program is now supported by the St. Charles Parish Judges and receives enrichment activity grants from United Way of St. Charles and AT&T. New to the program are female participants who occupy 5 of the 20 maximum caseload allotments.
The goal of the program is to provide strong mentorship to youth ages 8 -14 at risk of becoming engaged in the juvenile justice system. Youth who participate in the CBP program receive one-on-one mentoring, participate in fun and educational field trips, receive tutoring, and take part in groups on subjects such as anger management and receive individual mental health counseling as needed.
The St. Charles Parish CBP program has proven extremely successful-thanks largely in part to strong partnerships with the St. Charles Parish Judges, the Family in Need of Services Committee (FINS), Creative Family Solutions, the Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice and the St. Charles Parish School Board. YEP staff members work closely with the judges and the FINS committee to identify young men and women who could benefit from the program.
According to recent surveys:
-100 percent of parents of CBP participants surveyed believed the program has had a positive impact on their child and would recommend the program to another family.
-100 percent of CBP participants surveyed believed that the program has had a positive impact on their attitude and would recommend the program to a peer.
Thank you to the generous funders of the Community Based Prevention Program!
The Judges of the 29th Judicial District