Youth Empowerment Project, Inc. was founded in 1998 on the porch of an old farmhouse. Founder Barbara Gaston wanted to help individuals suffering from disabilities, and behavioral problems to be able to remain in the community and lead productive lives. It started out working with children to help them stay out of alternative living and school placements, it has expanded to working with the parents addressing their child’s needs and understanding their disabilities. YEP staff worked tirelessly to give hundreds of families the tools to parent their difficult children and the opportunities for those children to remain in their own homes and home schools.
Over the next year the programs grew rapidly. In November of 2000 YEP moved from the old farmhouse porch to a spacious building in downtown Utica. The new two story facility allowed YEP to expand its programs of working with at-risk children, to working with individuals suffering from Traumatic Brain injuries and moving them out of nursing homes and into their own individualized housing. YEP also became a New York State Certified Food Pantry and has consistently served families for Christmas every year since.
In 2000 YEP committed to the OPWDD system assisting individuals and children with developmental disabilities remain at home and have the chance to lead productive lives. YEP not only works with the individuals but also the caretakers and families to give the necessary respite and goals to keep their loved ones safe and secure within their own environment.
In 2008, YEP purchased another facility and expanded across the street, and started serving all individuals that were destined to live in nursing homes if they could not get assistance within their home and community. YEP committed to helping people live and flourish within the community and has become a leader in the field of Traumatic Brain Injury Services.
To date YEP consistently serves approximately 15,000 people a year with a variety of programs.
We are accepting donation of Clothing, Food, and new items for Christmas. We are expecically in need of new socks underware, coats, warm blanket, just to name a few. So go through your closets and dressors and find anyhing new that they have not used and donate it to us so we can help those in need.
ALWAYS GRACIOUSLY ACCEPTING MONETARY DONATIONS AND ITEMS FOR OUR FOOD PANTRY AND OUR CHRISTMAS GIVE-AWAY PROGRAMS. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HOW YOU CAN HELP, PLEASE CONTACT US! WE ARE A 501-C-3 NON-PROFIT CORPORATION SO DONATIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE AS ALLOWED BY LAW. CONSULT WITH YOUR TAX ADVISOR.