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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

89.30

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 CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 89.30
  Financial 89.62
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00
This rating was published 09/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, 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.

Financial

89.62

Accountability & Transparency

89.00

This rating was published 09/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, 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)
80.0%
  Administrative Expenses 13.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.06
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.72
  Program Expenses Growth 7.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 20.8%
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) 89.30
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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,799,644
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $235,731
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $486,432
Total Contributions $3,521,807
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $3,521,807
   Other Revenue $125,554
TOTAL REVENUE $3,647,361
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,125,662
   Administrative Expenses $454,185
   Fundraising Expenses $259,185
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,839,032
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-191,671
   
Net Assets $2,698,099

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 $3,125,662 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 09/01/2020 89.30
2018-06 08/01/2019 90.85
2017-06 07/01/2018 89.66
2016-06 10/01/2017 87.43
2015-06 06/01/2016 84.06
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 09/01/2015 86.13
2013-06 12/01/2014 85.58

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)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$130,000 3.38% Melissa Sawyer Executive Director

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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 CEO

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