Youth Empowerment Project


Our Funders

YEP is able to provide quality services to some of New Orleans’ most vulnerable youth thanks to our current foundation and agency funders as well as our generous.

Aspen Institute

Andrus Family Fund

Ann & Robert S. Boh Family Fund

AT&T Foundation

Baptist Community Ministries

Capital One

Charles A. Frueauff Foundation

City of New Orleans

Cox Community Grants

Cricket Island Foundation

The ELMA Music Foundation


Emeril Lagasse Foundation


Fore!Kids Foundation

Goldring Family Foundation

GPOA Foundation

Greater New Orleans Foundation


International Youth Foundation (IYF)

JP Morgan Chase Foundation

Link Stryjewski Foundation

Louisiana Community and Technical College System

Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice

MaggieGeorge Foundation

New Orleans City Council

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation

Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust

Pearl Family Foundation

Pro Bono Publico

Rite Aid Foundation's KidCents program

Ruth Fertel Foundation

RosaMary Foundation

Starbucks Foundation

Strong City

Trafigura Foundation

U.S. Department of Education

Verizon Wireless

United Way of Southeast Louisiana

United Way of St. Charles

Urban Strategies

Verstappen Family Foundation

W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Woldenberg Foundation

Zemurray Foundation

40 under 40

40 Under 40 is made up of a select group of young professionals who pledged to give $40 per month for the duration of a year in order to:

  • Have a direct and meaningful impact on the lives of underserved young people in New Orleans.
  • Gain exclusive invitations to quarterly social and philanthropic events hosted by YEP.
  • Help lead a community of like-minded, young and civically engaged leaders who are committed to strengthening New Orleans.

Together, each cohort will raise nearly $20,000 during the year 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. YEP’s 40 Under 40 fundraising initiative was launched in 2016.