“The Youth Empowerment Program provides resources to those who need them most, minority youth who live in some of the most high-risk areas in the country. At its heart, this program is helping them make better lifestyle choices that result in healthier, happier lives.”
— Dr. Paula E. Papanek, Director of the Program in Exercise Science, YES Co-Principal Investigator, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI.
The Youth Empowerment Program or YEP funds novel community-based interventions in effort to reduce health disparities and risky behaviors among minority youth across the country. These demonstration grants are funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH). The Youth Empowered to Succeed or YES is a collaboration between Marquette University's Department of Physical Therapy and the Program in Exercise Sciences with the United Community Center of Milwaukee.
Marquette’s YES3 is one of 6 newly funded initiatives in the US (starting August of 2012) designed to promote good health, positive social interaction, and community building in Latino middle school youth.
YES3 is a five year program that will start with youth from the Bruce Guadalupe Community School.
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A major objective of YES3 is to increase academic performance and support Latino students to seek careers in healthcare.