When young people live in unstable or stressed homes and environments, they often experience trauma in their early years of development. This adversity can drastically affect their ability to learn and perform to their potential. To worsen matters, these stressors also contribute to mental health struggles which are frequently stigmatized or dismissed. Youth Empowered to Prosper began with the belief that young people possess the power to change their lives and the world for good. Yet so many are struggling without the guidance they need to discover, ignite and apply their innate power to succeed. The organization seeks out promising young people and overlooked potential, helping youth recognize their own unique ability to grow as leaders for the benefit of self, family and community
YEP values the whole student – supporting their physical and emotional health as well as their unique ideas, gifts and potential. Through mentoring relationships, YEP acknowledges the students’ life experiences and builds upon existing strengths to develop greater resiliency and capability. YEP prioritizes the health of area youth and promotes strong mental health practices as essential to healing the past, managing the present and preparing for a prosperous future.
Executive Director: Lisa Cobb