Youth Empowering Parents (YEP)

Youth Empowering Parents (YEP)is a unique program which trains youth to become one-on-one tutors to their parents or to other adults.

The model has proven successful in Toronto, winning numerous awards including ones from the United Nations and BMW Group.

In 2014, YEP began expanding into other countries. It started with Ethiopia, and ventured into Niger. As Executive Director, Agazi Afewerki explains, "We look for communities that can benefit most from our work, and where there is potential for high impact to both youth and adults. Libore, Niger fits this perfectly, and that is why we have elected to devote resources in that community along with Pencils for Kids.”


Inspirational Story

After rehearsal I talked with a wonderful man in Liboré. He shared his story with me and once again my insides cried out to say, "Why does it have to be this way?” He is a soft-spoken, handsome, well educated man, who grew up in the villages and, against all odds, was able to graduate university.