Youth Empowerment Project


13th of March 2020

YEP Fest 2020 Cancelled

In an effort to ensure the safety of our young people, staff and dedicated supporters, the leadership of Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) and YEP Fest event chairs have made the difficult decision to cancel YEP Fest 2020, scheduled for Sunday, March 22. We would like to thank IBERIABANK for being our presenting sponsor, as well […]

7th of February 2019

February 2019

NEW ORLEANS CITY COUNCIL INVITES YEP TO MAKE SPECIAL PRESENTATION On January 24, 2019, YEP Co-Founder and Executive Director/CEO Melissa Sawyer, Deputy Director Jerome Jupiter and Director of Programs Darrin McCall were invited to New Orleans City Hall to present highlights of YEP’s 2018 Annual Report. New Orleans City Councilmembers were updated on YEP’s most current […]

4th of January 2019

December 2018-January 2019

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS PLAYER CAM JORDAN WEARS CLEATS CREATED BY DESIGN WORKS STUDIO DURING DECEMBER 23RD NFL GAME The YEP Design Works team met with New Orleans Saints player Cameron Jordan on December 18 to show the defensive end their custom design for a pair of his cleats. The studio met with Jordan in early […]

29th of November 2018

November 2018

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS PLAYER CAM JORDAN PICKS YEP FOR HIS ‘MY CAUSE, MY CLEATS’ CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION Photo courtesy: @camjordan94 New Orleans Saints player Cameron Jordan chooses the Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) for the NFL’s ‘My Cause, My Cleats’ Campaign. The defensive end joins dozens of other NFL players who are representing hundreds of charitable organizations […]

30th of October 2018

October 2018

YEP Participates in Youth Forum YEP IN COLORADO: ASPEN INSTITUTE OPPORTUNITY YOUTH FORUM The week of October 8, YEP staff members Brice White, Don Davis and Yasin Pierce participated in The Aspen Institute Opportunity Youth Forum. The trio co-led an innovative design studio session called ‘Making Youth ReConnection Work Through Movement, Dance, Meditation, and Love’ with […]

25th of September 2018

September 2018

YEP Design Works meets with Mayor LaToya Cantrell YEP WORKS: YEP youth present logo creations at New Orleans City Hall Young people and staff in YEP’s Design Works Program took a field trip to New Orleans City Hall on September 6. The group had a one-on-one meeting with Mayor LaToya Cantrell in her office. The Design […]

28th of August 2018

August 2018

YEP Youth + Staff Travel To Brazil A group of 19 YEP participants and staff returned to Brazil as a part of the next phase of a peer-to-peer learning exchange with Rede Cidadã, an organization that has placed thousands of young people into jobs across the South American country through their innovative approach to employment […]

31st of July 2018

July 2018

Dear YEP Supporters: We are proud to confirm that there is never a sluggish moment at the Youth Empowerment Project. The month of July wrapped up with the successful completion of all YEP summer programming including our Kids X-Press Summer Camp and Summer Scholars program. Between both programs, YEP enrolled over 100 children and young people from June to July. Now […]

30th of June 2018

June 2018

Dear YEP Supporters: With 90 plus degree days, summer has definitely arrived in New Orleans. Luckily for campers enrolled in YEP’s Kids X-Press Summer Camp, part of their summer activities include field trips to refreshing community pools! June was a busy month with the start of YEP’s Summer Camp, Summer Scholars program, our latest YEP Works 6-week employment readiness program, and […]

11th of May 2018

April-May 2018

Dear YEP Supporters: Springtime in New Orleans has kept YEP participants and staff on their toes with new YEP Educates & YEP Works graduates. YEP has also seen some major milestones in our YEP Mentors programs, celebrating the high school graduations of three young people who have been connected to YEP for almost a decade. […]