YEP is the acronym for Youth Empowerment Program that is a part of Community Encompass of Muskegon and is run by Charlotte Johnson and has been for years. The program exists to provide a space for teens to develop self-esteem, social skills and leadership talents and to introduce them to new experiences and opportunities.
The young people who participate are from schools all over the county and they are put in to situations where they can learn not only the tasks that can help them with the day to day things in life like home repair and other essentials, but they also get a chance to visit cities and colleges to see that this is a pretty big world and there’s a lot for them to be a part of. As the program has grown, and as you’ll hear in the presentation, some of our area YEP participants have gone on to some pretty big name schools and some, well, they have stayed right here close to home to continue on with their education and give back what they have been given through YEP.
Instead of a traditional “story” today, we let our cameras roll on the entire season ending event. It’s a mural presentation on the side of the Sacred Suds building in Muskegon which is also run by Community Encompass. You’ll hear from project leader Charlotte Johnson. You’ll hear from the artist that brought the mural to life inspired by the participants in YEP and you’ll hear too, from the YEP young people about how they feel about our world today and how they’d like to see things differently.
To learn more about the YEP program please click on the photo below.