Youth Empowerment Project

YEP Enriches


Primary Program: Afterschool Program
Secondary Program: Summer Camp

My favorite thing about YEP is when summer comes, we get to do fun activities like ballet, karate, and swimming.”

– Aleeyhia

Afterschool Enrichment Program

The Afterschool Enrichment Program is a free service that provides youth ages 7 to 18 with structured recreational and enrichment programming for participants during afterschool hours. Based in Central City, youth participants have access to daily homework help, structured outdoor recreation, programming delivered by outside enrichment instructors as well as a snack and hot meal. Youth are also connected to other appropriate YEP programs, as well as other external support to help meet their needs holistically.

The Afterschool Enrichment program operates throughout the duration of the school year, Monday through Friday and provides a safe and welcoming space for youth.

Summer Camp

Summer Camp Cooking Class

Every year, youth ages 7 to 12 are provided with a fun, free and engaging summer experience. The six-week Summer camp includes weekly field trips, daily hot meals, biweekly swimming lessons, arts and crafts projects and an array of enrichment and recreational activities.

2019 Summer Camp Schedule TBD
  • June – July
  • Monday – Friday
  • Youth ages 7 to 12 can register here!

*Parent Orientation 2019 Date: TBD


Teen Summer Employment Training (SET)

Teen Summer Employment Training (SET) Program – During the summer months Teen SET provides youth between the ages of 13 – 16 with critical life skills, career and college exploration, financial literacy along with educational and employment focused trips and employment readiness training.



Camp Mariposa

Created and supported by Eluna, Camp Mariposa® is a national mentoring and addiction prevention program for youth who have been impacted by the substance use disorder of a family member.  YEP’s Camp Mariposa was launched in September 2015.

The free-of-charge weekend overnight camp supports children ages 9 to 12 who are impacted by substance abuse in their families. YEP hosts six camps annually, as well as supplemental enrichment and mentoring activities between camping trips. Camp Mariposa gives children the knowledge, tools and coping skills to help prevent them from developing an addiction of their own and helps break the intergenerational cycle of addiction.

YEP campers participate in traditional camp activities such as swimming, camp fires and arts and crafts combined with therapeutic sessions designed to teach children a variety of problem-solving and self-care strategies. Small group discussions and activities give children a chance to create relationships with fellow campers who can understand what they are going through. Structured educational components teach children about the physical and mental effects of drugs and alcohol, as well as their own predisposition to addiction.

2019 Camp Mariposa Camping Weekends
Location: Camp Living Waters or Camp Istrouma, both in Southeast Louisiana
  • January 25-27
  • March 8-10
  • May 10-12
  • July 26-28
  • September 13-15
  • November 8-10

About Eluna


Eluna is a public, 501(c)(3) non-profit with a mission to support children and families impacted by grief or addiction. Founded in 2000 in Seattle by former MLB pitcher Jamie Moyer and child advocate Karen Phelps Moyer, Eluna was originally called The Moyer Foundation and launched a series of programs supporting thousands of children and families annually at no cost to them.

Camp Mariposa® is a national addiction prevention and mentoring program for youth impacted by a family member’s substance use disorder, and the Eluna Resource Center offers online tools, local referrals and personalized phone and email support for families experiencing grief, addiction and other related issues.  For more information click here.