Questions? Contact Youth Programs Coordinator, Black Pruitt, at Black@WeSayYEPP.com
This is the original and core program of YEPP. Over a course of 6 months, LGBTQ+ youth (ages 18-25) move through a creative process of healing, self-discovery, and life building that results in a self-developed theatrical production. Throughout the process, members are provided with resource support, such as transportation and bi-weekly stipends. This program closes with community performances of the production and possible opportunities to travel regionally and nationally while creating awareness about issues surrounding LGBTQ youth homelessness and its intersections.
This program opens in March with final performances taking place in September of each year. Due to the intimacy of the program spots are limited. Young people interested in participating must navigate an application and interview process in order to be considered.
Interested? APPLY HERE! Deadline: February 24, 2020
Each week we offer a variety of art-based classes as an outlet of creativity for area youth to cope with traumas and build skills that promote confidence. Variable offerings may include: writing, ballet, modern dance, vogue, visual art, photography, urban fashion, film, and music among others.
This program opens in March and concludes with a Community Showcase in December where participants are welcome to share their creations from throughout the year. Classes are open to the public for youth ages 18-29 and offered on a first-come first-served basis (max 20 participants per class).
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* All workshops take place at YEPP (835 W Addison St.) from 4-5:30pm!
Liberation Poetry with Chekwube: In this workshop poets will create new writing that speaks on themes of liberation. How does who we are allow us to feel powerful each day? How can we use poems as tools to imagine and make manifest the freedom we want in our lives? We will look to sample poetry by LGBTQ+ poets, respond to weekly prompts, and take time to discuss our work with each other. Poets will revise their poems over the course of the workshop, and by the end, poets will have their work compiled into a group zine.
Building Movements w/ Bonsai: During this series of workshops, participants will be able to create a space for self building/discovery and community building through movement: ballet and modern dance art forms. Participants will learn about the history of these arts forms and their intersections with LGBTQI+ and Communities of Color, while learning the techniques of these arts forms.
This is a 6 months program where emerging youth leaders navigate a 3 months training process based on YEPP's Values and Frameworks, facilitation skills, and leadership tools, and 3 months internship within YEPP or another partner organization working towards ending LGBTQ youth homelessness.
Those interested in participating must navigate an application and interview process. Applications for 2020 will open in March. This program runs from May through October with commencement occurring in November at our annual Rise Up Fundraiser!
NOW HIRING: Educational Trainers!
YEPP continually supports its participants with necessary resources pertaining to housing, employment, education, clothing, physical health, medical services, legal services, obtaining vital records, and other basic needs. We aim to address the many and various needs of youth experiencing homelessness as much as we are able.