The Youth Empowerment Program’s, or Y.E.P., purpose is to ensure youth involved with Mano a Mano graduate, find stable employment and develop healthy life skills. This program includes all activities that promote positive youth development, such as after school activities, peer mentorship, case management and the Promotor Pathway(r) (a program of the LAYC). The YEP was formally established in 2000, and grew out of Mano a Mano’s after school offerings which began in 1995.