JusticeAid formed in 2013 when a group of current and retired legal professionals in Washington, DC organized around a simple but profound idea – using music and the arts to raise awareness for a legal and social justice crisis affecting our society. All across the country, the freedoms and opportunities that we cherish remain out of reach for too many Americans.
JusticeAid fights for those most in need of legal and social equality, and we have a great time doing it. JusticeAid organizes live music and arts events around the nation to benefit charities that help increase access to opportunity and justice. From Washington to New Orleans, JusticeAid has raised thousands of dollars for causes working hard to expand equality, opportunity, and justice for everyone.
The Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) is a community-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. YEP’s founders started the organization in 2004 in order to assist young people returning to New Orleans from correctional facilities. Since its inception, YEP has earned local, statewide and national recognition for being at the cutting edge of progressive programs for at-risk youth. We started as the first-of-its-kind re-entry program for juvenile offenders in Louisiana and now we are the region’s most comprehensive and established agency working with at-risk, court-involved and out-of-school youth. Post-Katrina, we expanded our original mission to meet the increased needs of our community. YEP’s mission is: “By providing intensive case management, mentoring and educational services to at-risk New Orleans youth, we will strengthen each young person’s capacity to successfully connect with his or her family and community and lay the foundation for a healthy transition to adulthood.” YEP has grown significantly since our inception in 2004. Each year, we have secured new funding relationships; built more community partnerships; and increased the number of youth we serve. In our first year of operation, YEP had one program; served 25 youth; and had an annual budget of $235,000. Today (ten years later), we manage an annual budget of 2.8 million and serve over 1,000 youth through eight programs run out of seven service locations.