Youth Empowerment Project

YEP Mentors

 Gerald’s Story

Primary Program: Community-Based Mentoring
Secondary Programs: Trafigura Work and Learn Center’s Design Works, Teen SET Program, Afterschool Program

“YEP has had a pretty positive impact on my life.” – Gerald

Community Based Reintegration (CBR)

Community Reintegration Program (CBR) was YEP’s first program, established in 2004, and is a critical component of our mentorship offerings. Young people in YEP’s Community Reintegration program receive intensive, individualized mentoring and supportive services while they are making the difficult transition home from non-secure and secure state operated juvenile justice facilities.

Community-Based Mentoring (CBM)

The Community-Based Mentoring (CBM) program reaches youth early on in their lives in order to prevent later involvement in the juvenile justice system. The program aims to enroll young men between the ages 8-10 year old who are not court-involved, but are at-risk for justice system involvement and may be exhibiting pre-delinquent behavior. These youth participants are paired with a Youth Advocate where they receive supportive services as well as intensive mentoring though the time of their high school graduation.

Community-Based Prevention (CBP)

The Community-Based Prevention (CBP) is YEP’s Youth Advocacy program designed to support young people connected to the Family in Needs of Services (FINS) Program. Young people in St. Charles and Orleans Parishes receive intensive mentoring, tutoring, counseling and wrap-around supportive services that help them succeed at home, school and in their communities.

Community-Based Intervention (CBI)

Community-Based Intervention (CBI), one of YEP’s newest case management programs, was established in 2016. CBI supports young people who have been engaged in the juvenile justice system and who are under the supervision of the Office of Juvenile Justice. YEP ensures that youth participants establish meaningful connections with caring adults and receive individualized case management services – in order to maintain community connections and avoid moving into “out-of-home” placements.

YEP’s Youth Advocates

The case management staff in YEP’s mentoring/youth advocacy programs are comprised of Youth Advocates, or mentors who take a youth-centered approach to build trusting relationships and set individualized goals in order to help youth successfully complete the requirements of their parole or probation. Youth Advocates make face-to-face contact with our clients, visiting them three to five times per week – in their communities including at home and in school.

Youth Advocates also check in with teachers, service providers, guardians and Office of Juvenile Justice (OJJ) representatives to monitor progress and ensure that young people are connected to essential services. Additionally, the following are some of the services they regularly provide:

  • Develop service plans with each youth and his/her family and regularly monitor progress toward meeting established goals
  • Visit young people at their schools, connecting with appropriate school staff and faculty to ensure young people have their educational needs met
  • Ensure that the young people have access to basic need supports such as adequate food, clothing and shelter
  • Provide essential transportation to young people and their families, in order to attend medical, counseling, or court appointments
  • Make referrals to other internal YEP programs as well as outside community service providers
  • Engage youth participants in regular mentoring and enrichment activities
  • Assist young people in attending regularly scheduled career exploration, life skills development and substance abuse group activities