Client Spotlight: Youth Empowerment Project
Empowering young people to improve their lives and the lives of others.
As part of Bond’s dedication to improving and giving back to our community, we’re proud to announce our partnership with the Youth Empowerment Project (YEP). YEP engages underserved young people through community-based education, mentoring, employment readiness and enrichment programs to help them develop skills and strengthen ties to family and community. In today’s Client Spotlight, we’re highlighting some of their incredible work:
YEP Mentors provides youth with individualized mentoring and case management with the goal of preventing or reducing involvement with the juvenile justice system. This program develops individualized plans for each youth in coordination with trained advocates, social workers, family, teachers and other adult mentors to regularly measure progress towards goals. The program takes a holistic approach ensuring young people have access to basic needs, medical care, counseling, as well as YEP’s programming and enrichment.
YEP Educates through programs designed to provide youth with the tools to succeed academically. Their High School Equivalency program provides adult basic education and high school equivalency classes to out-of-school youth ages 16 and up. YEP also provides transition services to help clients pursue employment, job training programs, or continuing and higher education.
YEP Works is focused on providing paid employment readiness training, life skills, and career exploration. Participants earn an educational stipend while gaining hands-on experience in YEP’s our bike shop, thrift store, and graphic design studio. Employment transition services are available for participants who wish to seek opportunities for advancement.
YEP Enriches provides afterschool, structured recreational programming for youth ages 7-18. Based in Central City, participants have access to daily homework help, 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.
Want to know more about YEP? Learn more about this organization and how to get involved at their website: https://youthempowermentproject.org/