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Enrichment 2 Empowerment (E2E)

The Enrichment 2 Empowerment (E2E) Initiative is a program for New Orleans youth ages 14 to 19. Participants will join interactive class sessions four to five days a week for five weeks during the summer to come up with a research question about violence in their neighborhoods and schools and create a project or action plan to address violence in the city. Youth participants will also do academic, recreational, emotional, and political enrichment and empowerment activities to create individual and community change to prevent youth violence. Sessions will be both virtual and in-person and will start at 10 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. each day.

Through guest speakers, workshops, and excursions, participants will:

  • Tell community stories through photography, art, and other visual, written, or oral narrative expressions
  • Develop research skills such as investigative interviewing and survey design
  • Connect and learn from activists, government officials, and more

Youth who are selected to participate will receive a stipend of $1200 for their valuable work as summer researchers. After successful completion of the summer program, participants will be invited to continue as paid researcher activists during the school year for an additional $1200 paid over the course of the school year.

E2E has space for 20 participants. All applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible to participate:

  • Priority is given to youth who live in New Orleans. Youth who live in neighboring parishes are still encouraged to apply!
  • Must be between ages of 14 and 19. Students who are turning 14 or 20 over the summer are welcome to apply.
  • Must be able to provide parent/guardian consent.

Applicants who can commit to a paid research position during the school year will have priority; however, all applications will be considered.

Thank you for the overwhelming response to our Enrichment 2 Empowerment summer program! We are currently at capacity and are closing the application process. We have notified accepted applicants and those on the wait list as of May 22, 2023. Should you have questions about an existing application or general program questions, please email enrichment2empowerment@gmail.com

We are looking forward to working with our participants beginning in June and are excited to hear their perspectives on and ideas for violence prevention in their communities.

E2E is a collaboration among the Center For Youth Equity in the Violence Prevention Institute at Tulane University and Beloved Community.

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