Youth Empowerment Project

Save the Date: YEP Fest featuring Pedal for YEP

WHEN: Sunday, March 11, 2018 – 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

WHERE: 1600 block of Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. New Orleans, LA 70113

WHAT: The Youth Empowerment Project’s (YEP’s) big fundraiser, YEP Fest featuring Pedal for YEP, is an afternoon of fun, competitive pedicab races among sponsoring businesses, as well as a festival for all New Orleanians to enjoy local music, entertainment, food trucks and drinks!  

ENTERTAINMENT & SPECIAL APPEARANCES: BIG FREEDIA, SWEET CRUDE, WATER SEED, NEW CREATIONS BRASS BAND, KREWE OF THE ROLLING ELVI, HAHNVILLE HIGH SCHOOL MARCHING BAND AND MORE!!

HOW IT WORKS: Members of the New Orleans community will come together for the races and generate support by sponsoring their favorite pedicab team online. Awards and prizes will be presented throughout the afternoon, and we welcome participation from all ages.

Special thanks to the following Corporate Pedicab Team Sponsors: 

MEDIA HEAT:

WWL-TV, The Gambit Weekly, New Orleans Advocate & WWNO 

CONSTRUCTION HEAT:

Barriere Construction, Landis Construction Co., Felicity Property Co., Woodward Design+Build & Frischhertz Electric

FINANCIAL INSTITUTION HEAT:

IBERIABANK, Jefferson Financial, Fidelity &  Merrill Lynch

GUMBO HEAT:

Entergy, Standard Mortgage, Strong City & Link Stryjewski Foundation

Special thanks to the following YEP FEST Sponsors: 

IBERIABANK

The Zemurray Foundation

Entergy

LCMC Health

Jones Walker

Henry Lambert

Rusovich Family Foundation

Bryan Subaru

Corporate Realty

R Bar

Weill Consulting Group

Laitram

Merritt & Elly Lane

Hancock and Whitney Banks

Mahony’s Po-Boys & Seafood

Drum roll please…YEP is a finalist in The Renewal Awards and we need your vote! 

 

The Atlantic’s Renewal Awards recognize local organizations driving positive change in their communities. Please vote for YEP now through February 21 by clicking HERE. The Youth Empowerment Project is listed in the second of two required voting categories. Thank you in advance!

YEP EDUCATES: Adult Education Open Houses

The YEP Educates team hosted two open houses to kick off 2018 at YEP’S Adult Learning Centers in Mid-City and Algiers on January 9 and 11. Several community partners participated in the events including RTA New Orleans,Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine, Tulane University School of Social Work, Market Choice and Excelth Dental Clinic. In Fiscal Year 2017, YEP Educates served a total number of 560 participants; 36 of those students earned their high school equivalency diplomas through YEP.

Bal Masque 2018 hosted by the Link Stryjewski Foundation

On Saturday, January 20 a group of six YEP staff members volunteered at Bal Masque 2018 hosted by the Link Stryjewski Foundation. The annual event benefits local organizations including the Youth Empowerment Project. This year’s fundraiser was held at the Sugar Mill in downtown New Orleans. Special thanks to the Link Stryjewski Foundation for its continued support of YEP’s mission: engaging underserved young people through community-based education, mentoring, employment readiness and enrichment programs to help them develop skills and strengthen ties to family and community.

YEP Welcomes its Next 40Under40 Cohort for 2018

The start of a new year means that YEP is welcoming another 40Under40 Cohort! What is 40Under40? 40 young professionals under the age of 40 pledge to donate $40 per month for an entire year. Together, this Cohort will raise nearly $20,000 during 2018 that will provide education services, mentoring support, enrichment programming and employment readiness training to more than 1,000 of our city’s most vulnerable youth. The Cohort will also have access to networking & volunteer opportunities throughout the year. YEP’s 40Under40 fundraising initiative was launched in 2016. Special thanks to YEP participants Gerald and Janasha for sharing their personal journeys and connection to YEP with the group!

YEP in the news…

For additional information please contact: Tania Dall, YEP’s Director of Communications – tdall@youthempowermentproject.org – Direct: 504-522-1316 X 210