News Center > Entergy Partners with YEP to Support East New Orleans Youth
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On August 13, Entergy Corp. announced a commitment of $500,000 over the next 3 years to help fund the opening of the New Orleans East Opportunity Center. The center is the latest initiative of the Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) to provide education, support services and enrichment activities to young people in New Orleans.
“We are proud to help grow this powerful project to support families in New Orleans East for years to come,” said Deanna Rodriguez, President and CEO of Entergy New Orleans. “The Youth Empowerment Project continues to impact so many young people in our region, and this project is just another step in continuing our partnership to bring education and mentorship to the next generation.”
YEP’s primary goal is to empower young people to improve their lives and the lives of others. For the past 18 years, YEP has done this by engaging young people between the ages of 7 and 24 through community education (YEP Educates), mentoring (YEP Mentors), job readiness (YEP Works) and enrichment programs (YEP Enriches).
As a nonprofit, community-based organization, YEP continues to develop programs in response to unmet community needs that align with its mission. Currently, YEP provides service in five locations, including Central City New Orleans, Mid-City New Orleans, Algiers, St. Charles Parish, and most recently New Orleans East.
“When businesses and nonprofits come together to make a difference in our community, the answer is YEP!” said District E Council Member Oliver Thomas. Orleans East are grateful to Entergy and Youth Empowerment Project for this center and support.”
The New Orleans East Opportunity Center, launched in partnership with Educators for Quality Alternatives (EQA), is located at 12000 Hayne Boulevard (formerly Frances Gaudet Elementary School). Many current YEP participants reside in East New Orleans. The goal of this center is to remove barriers to success and ensure that programming is accessible to as many young people as possible.
“It has been a long-standing goal of YEP to provide services to residents of New Orleans East,” said Jerome Jupiter, COO of YEP, who is leading the expansion of the new site. “Through Entergy, YEP can quickly and intentionally develop programs that are both mission-aligned and responsive to expressed community needs. YEP looks forward to being in East New Orleans helping residents improve their life and that of others.
“I am grateful to YEP for expanding to East New Orleans,” said Dawn Hebert, chair of the East New Orleans Neighborhood Advisory Board. “YEP’s experienced and dedicated staff will enhance the lives of the citizens of East New Orleans and ensure that all participants benefit from the programs offered here.”
The new East New Orleans project will offer in- and out-of-school programs where youth and families can access quality education, wellness services, training job readiness and enrichment programs. Since YEP programs are all offered free of charge to participants, YEP relies on the generous support of local businesses, individuals and foundations to maintain these essential services.
“Entergy has always been at the forefront of impactful enterprise investing,” said Michael Hecht, President and CEO of Greater New Orleans, Inc. “This multi-year support from YEP and New Orleans East continues this tradition by adding value to an area of our city that often lacks investment. I am grateful that Entergy has answered the call of the NOLA Coalition by making this important investment in the future of our city.
About Entergy New Orleans
Entergy New Orleans, LLC provides electricity to more than 207,000 customers and natural gas to more than 108,000 customers in Orleans Parish, Louisiana. Entergy New Orleans is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation, an integrated energy company active in the generation, transmission and retail distribution of electricity. Entergy provides electricity to 3 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy owns and operates one of the cleanest utility scale power generation fleets in the United States with approximately 30,000 megawatts of power generation capacity, including 7,000 megawatts of nuclear power. Based in New Orleans, Louisiana, Entergy has annual revenues of $10 billion and approximately 12,500 employees.
About the YEP
Founded in 2004, the Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) provides individuals with community-based education, mentorship, job readiness and enrichment programs to help them develop skills and strengthen bonds with family and the community. YEP engages more than 800 people ages 7 and older each year from across the Greater New Orleans area. YEP’s primary goal is to empower young people to improve their lives and the lives of others. For more information, visit youthempowermentproject.org and follow @YEPNOLA on social media.