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.” – Seth
New Orleans Providing Literacy to All Youth (NOPLAY)
NOPLAY is YEP’s adult education program which was founded in 2006. NOPLAY is the largest adult education provider in the city that specializes in providing adult basic education and high school equivalency preparation to out-of-school youth between the ages of 16 and 24. The program is one of only five providers in New Orleans that is recognized by the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) as an official provider of adult education services.
The Village was established in 2009 to help meet the unique needs of YEP’s youngest adult learners and is a self-contained, structured class that provides a targeted group of NOPLAY youth ages 16-21 with daily instruction. In addition to this small group instruction, The Village also provides youth with intensive, wrap-around supportive services in order to promote positive educational outcomes.
YEP’s Transition Services
All Youth Empowerment Project clients have the opportunity to work with the Transition Services team to pursue employment, job training programs, or continuing and higher education.
Our Post-Secondary Services include assisting students with preparing and applying for college, financial aid, and finding the program that best suits their interest. The Post-Secondary Coordinator provides ongoing support to ensure that the student is successful in obtaining a post-secondary credential.
YEP also provides employment transition services to YEP participants who are in search of employment with the opportunity for advancement. The Employment Services Coordinator assists with resume workshops, workforce preparation, and assistance with job placement.
NOPLAY Summer Scholars
During this 5-week session, youth receive high school equivalency instruction and intensive job readiness instruction. They participate in college visits and receive instruction on the college application process. They also earn stackable credentials such as CPR and First Aid training to help advance their career opportunities.