Youth Empowerment Project

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 and Youth Advocate, John Emery provide intensive supportive services to youth ages 8-14.

“Leslie likes the things we’ve exposed him to. He likes Camp Mariposa. He has come a long way. YEP allowed him to see his potential.” –YEP Youth Advocate John Emery

The program encompasses mentoring, tutoring, counseling and other wrap-around services. Leslie is a 6th grader who is described by YEP staff as smart and athletic. He piqued the interest of high school football coaches when he was in the 4th grade! With regular support from YEP staff, Leslie is working on being more respectful to others, focusing in class, and taking more accountability for his actions.