New season. New stories. New hope.
The Youth Empowerment Performance Project (YEPP) is a truly unique youth theatre initiative. We are committed to emboldening the voices of street-based lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) young people and to help share their experiences with the larger community.
Our training program operates all year. However, within the course of six months, a cast led by director Bonsai Bermudez and supporting coordinators focus the work towards developing an original production to be shown at Chicago's Links Hall on September 14th, 15th, and 16th.
What makes us unique? Our approach blends art, social justice and healing work in a way that encourages our ensemble members to create a performance that celebrates the strengths and advocates the needs of this often overlooked aspect of society.
We need your support. Our Kickstarter goal covers only the final performance project but our yearly needs require much more. Annual funding assists our ensemble with the provision of a safe space, meals, transportation, workshops, and individual stipends. All coordinators volunteer 100% of their time; your donation goes only toward the creation of the project.
Act now! You will find a variety of donation options listed on the right. Whether or not you are able to make a monetary contribution, we invite you to be a part of our community and keep up with YEPP news through our website at www.wesayyepp.com.
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