Photos by David Ng

The 2017 YEPP Cohort were a dynamic group of 16 students brought together by their determination to create change within their communities. Our YEPP youth leaders participated in a variety of activities throughout the 2016-2017 school year such as meeting California State Controller Betty Yee and hosting a screening of Sascha Rice’s documentary “California State of Mind.” The students completed the program with a group project focused on illegal dumping in Boyle Heights. For more information on these events, please click below.


2017 YEPP Cohort Events

2017 YEPP Policy Presentation - Over the course of their program, the students conducted online and field research, collected data and evidence, identified obstacles, and created a list of policy recommendations. Through this process students learned how to transform passion and interest into real action.
2017 YEPP Visit City Hall & LA Times - On April 7th, the Institute’s 16 Youth Enrichment Policy Project (YEPP) student leaders from Roosevelt High School went on their Annual YEPP Retreat to Downtown Los Angeles. As part of the retreat, students received a guided tour of the Los Angeles Times building, lunched in Grand Central Market, received a tour of City Hall and met with Deputy Mayor Ana Guerrero.
2017 Sascha Rice Screening of “California State of Mind” - Over 50 students participated in the screening along with Roosevelt High School teachers Mr. Alvarez and Mr. Castillo. A Q&A was held after the screening.
2017 YEPP Students Meet Betty Yee - California State Controller Betty Yee met with 15 student leaders from the Youth Enrichment Policy Project (YEPP) at Cal State LA. She explained her role in government and why, the importance of managing public funds, as well as the importance of personal financial management. She explained the important connection between public funding and public policy, giving the students a comprehensive understanding of the Controller’s role in government.
2017 YEPP Civic University - This program, currently based in Boyle Heights, gives students an education about their communities political geography, demographics and voter turnout. Additionally, they learned to identify and define a public policy problem, and develop a plan to address it and make the system respond.