Building Futures

YEP trains young people in construction while they engage in projects that directly benefit the community. To date, hundreds of YEP trainees have rehabilitated more than 50 homes for low-income families. They have also rehabilitated several public facilities, including YEP’s own building in the San Antonio neighborhood of Oakland. YEP was one of the first organizations in the nation to integrate green practices into our construction training.

YEP trainees maintain and renovate our building, most recently refurbishing and redesigning computer classroom space and building a fully-equipped commercial kitchen.

Increasing Low Income Housing Stock in Oakland

Through a partnership with the Oakland Community Land Trust, YEP will provide Oakland’s young adults with the employment and educational skills and certifications they need to build net zero energy (NZE) homes, and will work with our trainees to hone those skills while they erect homes to be sold to low-income families—kept in low-income housing stock in perpetuity. We piloted this project building two single family homes in East Oakland eight years ago, and we’re ramping up to expand our work. We feel that giving residents the knowledge, skills and ability to transform their neighborhoods one lot at a time will have short- and long-term impacts on program participants, neighborhoods, the environment and low-income families.

Our pilot included the Oakland Housing Authority as well, and the finished home flyers can be found here.

Fresh Start Cafe

YEP operates Fresh Start Cafe, located at the San Leandro Juvenile Justice Center. Young people learn customer service skills and the principles of operating a successful social enterprise.

Feeding the Homeless

With the completion of our commercial kitchen in 2019, YEP launched a Culinary Arts social enterprise. Young adults learn the basics of commercial food production and receive industry-recognized certification while preparing daily breakfast and dinner for the City of Oakland’s transitional community cabins. YEP is in the process of ramping up production to extend to new markets and new training opportunities in the coming years.