The Youth Enrichment Policy Project (YEPP) is an innovative public policy education program for high school students. YEPP combines PBI’s extensive experience with youth and its strengths as a non-partisan convener of pressing policy issues. Over the course of a year, students learn about the inner workings of local government, acquire public policy skills, and develop policy projects on a team basis. Our YEPP students have had the opportunity to meet public officials such as California State Controller Betty Yee; visit the Autry Museum of the American West and; tour Los Angeles City Hall, the Los Angeles Times Building, and LA Plaza De Cultura Y Arte.

YEPP is currently based at Roosevelt High School in Boyle Heights and receives substantial support from their campus community. YEPP recruit’s students from Roosevelt’s Law and Public Service Pathway with assistance from teacher-advisor, Mr. Carlos Castillo.

The Institute’s YEPP students have gone on to pursue degrees in political science, social work and sociology at four-year year institutions such as University of California, Berkeley, University of California, Los Angeles, and Cal State LA.

“My experience in the YEPP program has changed my life and the way I see the world.” Amy Olide, 2017 YEPP Cohort

Learning Outcomes for Students:

  1. Become familiar with public policy issues impacting their communities
  2. Learn who makes decisions in local government
  3. Learn how to influence local political systems