Helping Youth Create POSITIVE SOCIAL CHANGE

Through The Arts, Community Based Learning and Leadership Opportunities

About Us

Empowerment Through the Years

The Lafayette Empowerment Center has been a part of the Lafayette community since the 1990s, originally operating under the name Project Yes. 

Through the evolution of the Empowerment Center, our commitment to nurturing a strong, vibrant youth culture has remained strong and highly effective. 

 

Today, we operate No-Cost after-school and summer programs serving youth of all ages in our local schools and community centers.

We are excited to announce that we are reinvigorating the popular and long-standing programs that we offer the Lafayette community!

2021-22 Programming

Serving Lafayette’s K-12 youth, our theme for the 2021-22 academic year is: Rebuilding Connection through Mental Health.

Our youth will be focusing on redefining “normal” after the trauma of COVID-19.

Through grants and financial donations from the community, all of our programs and projects are FREE for participating youth.

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Lafayette Peer Empowerment Project

Lafayette Peer Empowerment Project

Art 4 Social Change

Art 4 Social Change

Fall & Winter 2021 LPEP Events

 

 RALLIES

LPEP Rallies are a 10am-3pm Event on BVSD days off, for grades 7-12th, held at the Empowerment Center (801 S. Public Rd, Lafayette).

Complete with a catered lunch, LPEP rallies are a day of interactive experiences that give a voice to the youth, empower new thoughts & ideas and strengthen their understandings of creating Social Change.

The days start with fun group icebreakers and an engaging youth discussion with our panel of experts. Moving into the afternoons, youth choose small groups to create with as they explore and develop their unique viewpoints for Social Change.

Sign up to attend one or all LPEP Rallies on these dates listed below:

  • October 18th

    Normalizing Mental Health: Empowering Youth to Rebuild Connection After the Trauma of Covid-19

  • November 22nd

    Understanding Thanksgiving: Honoring Indigenous People

  • December 20th

    Social Stigmas & Homelessness: Creating Holiday gifts for the homeless

  • January 17th

    Lafayette MLK March: Uncovering the history of segregation and how to heal it in 2021

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LPEP

SPRING TERM Feb 1-April 15:

High School & middle School LPEP is a 7-12th grade afterschool hangout giving a unique opportunity for youth to use their talents for creating positive Social Change. Participants establish focus groups led by expert mentors, honing in on topics that speak to their passions.

LPEP supports Lafayette  students aiming to stay in school, pursue post-secondary education and secure employment. Participants develop essential skills in leadership, communication and self-advocacy. 

Summer Programming

SPRING TERM Feb 1-April 15:

Stay Tuned! Detailed will be displayed on Dec. 1st!

Theater Tech

Learn All About What Happens Backstage!

Theater Tech is a unique 6-12th Grade opportunity for learning how to build and paint sets, Construct props, use hand tools, learn about stage lights and what is involved in stage sound.

Experience the fun of designing, drawing and building sets from our expert teacher Douglas Fry.

Theater Tech runs every Tuesday from September 21-Dec 15, between 4:30-5:30pm.

The Lafayette Empowerment Center is excited to offer
Theater & Art Programming SCHOLARSHIPS!

A4SC youth of all ages are welcome to apply for the opportunity to perform in live theater productions and Art Programming at the ArtsHub, located at 420 Courtney Way in Lafayette. 

Through thoughtful questions, we are thrilled to award our youth with scholarship funding. All kids deserve the chance to explore creative expression and thrive within the creative arts.


We are thrilled to announce that we have provided 5 scholarships this fall for elementary students to perform in a production of The Lion King!

 

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2020-21 Lafayette Empowerment Center Activities