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Human Services : Youth Development, Shelter, and Crisis Services

Youth Empowerment Project

Providing intensive case management, mentoring and educational services to at-risk New Orleans youth

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four stars

90.85

1600 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard New Orleans, LA 70113
tel: (504) 522-1316   Web Site
EIN: 42-1633060

Board Leadership
Chris Lebato
President

CEO
Melissa Sawyer
Co-Founder and Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 90.85 four stars
  Financial 93.20 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 08/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 2004, the mission of the Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) is to provide intensive case management, mentoring and educational services to at-risk New Orleans youth. We will strengthen each young person's capacity to successfully connect with his or her family and community and lay the foundation for a healthy transition to adulthood. Since its inception, YEP has earned local and statewide recognition for being at the cutting edge of progressive programs for at-risk youth. We started as the first-of-its-kind re-entry program for juvenile offenders in Louisiana and now we are the region's most comprehensive and established agency working with at-risk, court-involved and out-of-school youth.

Founded in 2004, the mission of the Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) is to provide intensive case management, mentoring and educational services to at-risk New Orleans youth. We will strengthen each young person's capacity to successfully connect with his or her family and community and lay the foundation for a healthy transition to adulthood. Since its inception, YEP has earned local and statewide recognition for being at the cutting edge of progressive programs for at-risk youth. We started as the first-of-its-kind re-entry program for juvenile offenders in Louisiana and now we are the region's most comprehensive and established agency working with at-risk, court-involved and out-of-school youth.

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Financial

four stars

93.20

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 08/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
78.7%
  Administrative Expenses 14.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.06
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.82
  Program Expenses Growth 10.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 16.5%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Youth Empowerment Project on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Youth Empowerment Project on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Youth Empowerment Project (LA) 90.85 four stars
Rancho Cielo Youth Campus (CA) 94.82 four stars
Royal Family Kids (CA) 94.32 four stars
National FFA Foundation (IN) 85.13 three stars
Girls Inc. of Carpinteria (CA) 97.11 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $3,069,094
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $185,972
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $91,186
Total Contributions $3,346,252
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $3,346,252
   Other Revenue $133,415
TOTAL REVENUE $3,479,667
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,980,942
   Administrative Expenses $437,641
   Fundraising Expenses $194,305
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,612,888
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-133,221
   
Net Assets $2,889,770

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Workforce Development $2,980,942 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 08/01/2019 90.85 four stars
2017-06 07/01/2018 89.66 three stars
2016-06 10/01/2017 87.43 three stars
2015-06 06/01/2016 84.06 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 09/01/2015 86.13 three stars
2013-06 12/01/2014 85.58 three stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 42-1633060
Name in IRS Master File YOUTH EMPOWERMENT PROJECT
NTEE Code I80
NTEE Classification Legal Services
NTEE Type Crime, Legal-Related
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date February, 2005
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$113,819 3.15% Melissa Sawyer Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Youth Empowerment Project (LA) 90.85 four stars
Futures and Options (NY) 92.28 four stars
Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles (CA) 95.01 four stars
Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis (IN) 91.33 four stars
Emily K Center (NC) 91.11 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Youth Empowerment Project
1600 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard
New Orleans, LA 70113
tel: (504) 522-1316
EIN: 42-1633060

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Board Leadership

Chris Lebato
President

CEO

Melissa Sawyer
Co-Founder and Executive Director

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