Youth Empowerment Project

YEP Educates


Primary Program: The Village
Secondary Programs: Trafigura Work and Learn Center, NOPLAY Summer Scholars 2017

“I never had a big dream about me graduating. That was something I felt wasn’t in my future. But coming to YEP, everybody encourages you and tells you that you can do it.”

– Arione

New Orleans Providing Literacy to All Youth (NOPLAY)

NOPLAY is YEP’s adult education program which was founded in 2006. NOPLAY is the largest adult education provider in the city that specializes in providing adult basic education and high school equivalency preparation to out-of-school youth between the ages of 16 and 24. The program is one of only five providers in New Orleans that is recognized by the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) as an official provider of adult education services.

139 S. Broad Street
New Orleans, LA 70119
Please call for an appointment: 504-658-9221

HOURS: Mon – Thurs > 10 am – 6 pm
Fri > 10 am – 2 pm
Orientation > Tues & Weds 10 am – 12 pm

1111 Newton St. 2nd Floor
New Orleans, LA 70114
Please call for an appointment: 504-658-4577

HOURS: Mon – Thurs > 9 am – 5 pm
Fri > 9 am – 1 pm
Orientation > Thurs

The Village

The Village was established in 2009 to help meet the unique needs of YEP’s youngest adult learners and is a self-contained, structured class that provides a targeted group of NOPLAY youth ages 16-21 with daily instruction. In addition to this small group instruction, The Village also provides youth with intensive, wrap-around supportive services in order to promote positive educational outcomes.

Classes are held at YEP’s New Orleans Adult Learning Center
139 S. Broad Street, New Orleans, LA 70119
Please call for an appointment: 504-658-9221

HOURS: Mon –  Fri > 9 am – 12 pm / 2 pm – 5 pm

YEP’s Transition Services

All Youth Empowerment Project clients have the opportunity to work with the Transition Services team to pursue employment, job training programs, or continuing and higher education.

Our Post-Secondary Services include assisting students with preparing and applying for college, financial aid, and finding the program that best suits their interest. The Post-Secondary Coordinator provides ongoing support to ensure that the student is successful in obtaining a post-secondary credential.

YEP also provides employment transition services to YEP participants who are in search of employment with the opportunity for advancement. The Employment Services Coordinator assists with resume workshops, workforce preparation, and assistance with job placement.

NOPLAY Summer Scholars

During this 5-week session, youth receive high school equivalency instruction and intensive job readiness instruction. They participate in college visits and receive instruction on the college application process. They also earn stackable credentials such as CPR and First Aid training to help advance their career opportunities.