Youth Empowerment Project

Wanda’s Story

YEP Staff Member & Alumni Primary Program: NOPLAY Wanda Rogers is a 2012 graduate of NOPLAY. When Wanda started at NOPLAY, she was amazed at how open and welcoming the instructors and site was. After enrolling, she worked diligently toward earning her GED while also working a full-time job. After graduating and earning her GED, […]


Jaleel’s Story

YEP Staff Member & Alumni Primary Program: Youth Futures Initiative (YFI) Secondary Programs: Trafigura Work and Learn Center, NOPLAY Jaleel Holmes currently helps manage Thrift Works a youth-run business within the Trafigura Work & Learn Center at YEP. Before taking on this new role he managed the JuiceBox where YEP youth made fresh handmade juice, […]


Darren’s Story

YEP Staff Member & Alumni Primary Program: NOPLAY Darren Alridge has been an incredible asset to the YEP community since he joined our team in 2009. He joined us at age 18 to work toward earning his GED, upon referral from his judge. Then, in 2011, he joined YEP staff as a para-professional who helps […]


Leslie’s Story

Primary Program: Community-Based Prevention (CBP) – St. Charles Parish Mentoring young people is an integral part of the work YEP does. Leslie is one of our current Community-Based Prevention (CBP) participants. He was referred to YEP by the Families in Need of Services (FINS) program in St. Charles Parish. YEP’s CBP Program Coordinator, Sandra Washington […]


Rynae & Ryan’s Story

Primary Program: Camp Mariposa Secondary Program: Summer Camp “When I go home, I am happy” -Rynae Siblings, Ryan and Rynae joined YEP in September 2015 at the urging of a social worker at a community partner organization. Since becoming involved in YEP’s Summer Camp and Camp Mariposa programs, staff have noticed how they both have […]


Landrea’s Story

Primary Program: Trafigura Work and Learn Center “I would be sitting at home right now,” is how Landrea feels she would be spending her time if YEP was not a part of her life. The 19-year-old graduated from YEP’s Trafigura Work and Learn Center job training program in November of 2015 and is now a […]


Seth’s Story

Primary Program: The Village Secondary Programs: Post-Secondary Transition Services “I feel like the staff at YEP truly do care about the people they’re helping” said Seth who dropped out of a traditional New Orleans high school because the large classroom environment was not working for him. He found a better fit at the Youth Empowerment […]


Gerald’s Story

Primary Program: Community-Based Mentoring Secondary Programs: Trafigura Work and Learn Center’s Creative Digital Media Program, Age: 16 Teen SET Program, Afterschool Program When you find a place that makes you feel at home and part of a supportive family, you stick around. Eight years ago, Gerald came to YEP as a middle school student and […]