Youth Empowerment Project


Primary Program: Trafigura Work and Learn Center

“I would be sitting at home right now,” is how Landrea feels she would be spending her time if YEP was not a part of her life. The 19-year-old graduated from YEP’s Trafigura Work and Learn Center job training program in November of 2015 and is now a part-time employee at the bike shop. After completing the six-week employment readiness course, Landrea is now well-versed in customer service and bike repair, and says her confidence skills have blossomed thanks to the program. However, it was not an easy transition for Landrea, who had trouble showing up to class at high school.

With encouragement from YEP staff and her teachers, Landrea graduated from The NET Charter High School and today she continues to gain valuable job skills working at YEP. She is also preparing to pursue her postsecondary education. “YEP helps young kids get a job. Sometimes if they go out on a job interview, people tell them they can’t get a job and then they give up. But YEP helps them get a job and go back to school,” said Landrea. As Landrea looks to the future she is considering a profession in childcare or cosmetology.