Youth Empowering Parents (YEP) in an idea inspired by the natural phenomenon that exists within many newcomer families, where youth and children help their parents integrate into Canadian society. YEP is an innovative program that aims to change people’s perceptions on how to educate adults and engage youth. Rather than a traditional classroom with an instructor, YEP trains youth with the skills to act as effective volunteer tutors for adults in their community.
Since YEP began in 2010, we have served over 850 participants with a retention rate of over 80% for both youth and adults. Our mission is to work with communities across Canada and around the world to provide free, accessible one-on-one tutoring, promote intergenerational learning, and to strengthen community relations through education.
Classes run for 90 minutes over one 12-week semester, focusing on either conversational English or the basics of computer skills.
YEP is a free program. For more information, check out yepeducation.com.
Youth Empowerment Program Wins UN Award
YEP was awarded the Intercultural Innovation Award, which is handed out to grassroots organizations that promote intercultural dialogue. Only 10 recipients are honoured every year and this year, over 400 proposals from 40 countries were considered.