Youth Empowerment Project


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 […]

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 […]

5th of February 2018

January-February 2018

Save the Date: YEP Fest featuring Pedal for YEP WHEN: Sunday, March 11, 2018 – 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. WHERE: 1600 block of Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. New Orleans, LA 70113 WHAT: The Youth Empowerment Project’s (YEP’s) big fundraiser, YEP Fest featuring Pedal for YEP, is an afternoon of fun, competitive pedicab races among sponsoring businesses, as […]

1st of August 2017

August 2017

Dear YEP Supporters, School is back in session, which means our Afterschool Program is once again opening its doors to young people in the community! YEP’s Afterschool Program provides youth between the ages of 7 and 15 with academic support, group activities, educational field trips, mentoring services, daily nutritional meals and assistance with basic needs. […]

1st of June 2017

May-June 2017

  Dear YEP Supporters, School is out and YEP is thrilled to ramp up our summer programming to ensure that the young people we serve have a safe and enriching summer!  Our youth participants will have access to a wide range of supportive services which include mentoring, First Aid & CPR certification and career exploration […]