Youth Empowerment Project

YEP Works

Employment Readiness

YEP Works provides youth, ages 16-24, with paid employment readiness training, life skills, and career exploration. Young people earn an educational stipend while gaining real-world experience working in our bicycle and thrift stores.

Youth also gain valuable soft skills such as how to create a resume, interview for a job and build the confidence necessary to help them secure employment and create a positive future for themselves. After completing a seven-week training program, our support staff helps program graduates with job placement, retention, and college applications.

Bike Works

Bike Works is a full-service, youth-run bicycle repair shop. Young people learn to build, diagnose, and fix both customer-owned and donated bicycles. Students learn the basics of customer service as well as bicycle maintenance.

Thrift Works

Thrift Works is a youth-run clothing, furniture, and household thrift store. Young people gain real-world customer service, point of sale, and inventory management experience in a vibrant retail environment.

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 Employment Transition Services supports 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.

YEP also provides Post-Secondary Transition Services by assisting students with preparing and applying for college, financial aid, and finding the program that best suits their interest.