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.
Throughout the year, 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 16-29 and offered on a first-come first-served basis.
Call for Teaching Artist Volunteers!
This is a 6-month program where emerging youth leaders navigate a 4-month training process based on YEPP's Values and Frameworks, facilitation skills, and leadership tools, and 2-month internship within YEPP working towards ending LGBTQ youth homelessness.
Those interested in participating must navigate an application and interview process. Applications for 2020 will open in April. This program runs from June through December 2020.
Resource Advocacy Support
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.