Youth Empowerment Project


30th of March 2017

March 2017

Pedal With Purpose Fundraiser – Sunday, March 26, 2017   On Sunday, March 26, 2017 – A total of 12 New Orleans-based businesses raced down Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard in pedicabs that were donated by Bike Taxi Unlimited to raise money for YEP! The 3-hour community street fair included multiple heats of team-sponsored pedicab races, neighborhood […]

23rd of February 2017

February 2017

Highlights from Bal Masque 2017 were included in a news feature which included a slideshow showcasing the vibrant fundraiser organized by the Link Stryjewski Foundation. The story was published in the Times-Picayune on January 25. Read it here. WGSO Radio Interview. YEP Deputy Director Jerome Jupiter and Director of Programs Darrin McCall were interviewed about […]

30th of January 2017

January 2017

Gambit’s New Orleanians of the Year (2016) honoring YEP Co-founder/Executive Director Melissa Sawyer. Read the profile here   For additional information please contact: Tania Dall, YEP’s Director of Communications – – Direct: 504-522-1316 X 210

30th of December 2016

December 2016

Herald Guide features YEP staff members Sandra Washington and John Emery who run our Community-Based Prevention Program in St. Charles Parish. Read more about Sandra and John. United Way of Southeast Louisiana spotlights new partership with YEP in 60-minute radio interview with Director of Programs Darrin McCall, Director of Trafigura Work and Learn Center Brice […]

30th of November 2016

November 2016

The New Orleans Pelicans invited YEP to moderate a community discussion on October 24 about policing in light of current tensions between law enforcement and minorities in Louisiana and across the country.Melissa and Darrin McCall helped guide the two-hour intimate dinner and conversation at the Pelicans training facility in Metairie. Guests included YEP youth and […]

30th of October 2017

September- October 2016

YEP’s St. Charles Parish Day of Service was featured in the Times-Picayune’s River Parishes section on September 21, 2016. Please see feature below. YEP’s St Charles Parish Community-Based Prevention program was also featured in The Herald Guide in the week of September 29-October 5 edition. Click here. For additional information please contact: Tania Dall, YEP’s […]

30th of August 2016

August-September 2016

The Gambit Weekly mentioned YEP running programs that “work” in a “Behind the Numbers” news piece on August 15. Click here. WWL-TV featured YEP Youth at a Day of Service on August 26. YEP Youth and Staff rolled up their sleeves to help flood victims in Baton Rouge. Click here to watch. YEP’s Camp Mariposa […]

30th of July 2016

YEP Archives

Fivethirtyeight interviews YEP staff:“ Darren Alridge now works at the New Orleans nonprofit organization where he took GED classes. Alridge calls on counselors at the Youth Empowerment Project to recognize outstanding students in their charge.“ Two Young Professionals Band Together to Serve Young People Affected by Violence. WWLTV highlights YEP’s 40 Under 40 cohort and […]