Youth Empowerment Project

Stop 6 of 8 on the Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard: A Great American Main Street tour

YEP envisions a community where all people have access to the opportunities, skills, resources and relationships they need to actualize their potential.

The Youth Empowerment Project (YEP), a community-based non-profit is clear about their vision: “Yep envisions a community where all people have access to the opportunities, skills, resources, and relationships they need to actualize their potential.” The organization supports “opportunity youth” in New Orleans – young people who are not connected to school or employment. Starting out with 25 youths YEP has become (after 12 years) the largest and most comprehensive youth-focused organization in the city. Currently YEP operates 11 programs focusing on community-based skills such as education, mentoring, and employment readiness. In addition to intensive preparation for the high school equivalency/GED, YEP also provides job training for 16-24-year old’s by providing work at either YEP Thrift Works, YEP Design Works, or YEP Bike Works – businesses that they operate on the boulevard.

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1600 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, New Orleans, LA 70113 ~ The address given is the YEP Administrative Office.