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LGBTQ street-based youth are writing and performing a unique and personal theater piece.
LGBTQ street-based youth are writing and performing a unique and personal theater piece.
77 backers pledged $5,000 to help bring this project to life.

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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.

Will your contribution make a difference?  YEPP!

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    Transportation. TWO donations at this level will transport each ensemble member to and from ONE rehearsal. We need 125 to cover all transportation for the year. Your gift: a card signed by the ensemble members.

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    Family dinner. ONE donation at this level will provide ONE rehearsal dinner for the ensemble. (We all share together.) We need 50 donations at this level to cover this expense for the year. Your gift: a signed card and a custom designed YEPP button.

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    Costumes. SEVEN donations at this level will provide for show costumes. (Part of the magic!) Your gift: a YEPP wristband and a program signed by the ensemble members.

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    Stipend. ONE donation at this level will provide two weeks of stipend for the ensemble. (This is key to our mission.) Your gift: all benefits listed for the previous donation level PLUS 1 ticket for the YEPP performance.

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    Set, lighting & props. THREE donations at this level will cover the costs of our production set, lights and props (materials only). Your gift: all benefits listed for the previous donation level PLUS your name listed in the program as 'Sponsor' and a personalized thank you photo.

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    Rehearsal space. TWO donations at this level will pay for our incredible year-round rehearsal space. Your gift: All benefits listed for the previous level but TWO tickets to the performance instead of one.

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    Theater space. ONE donation at this level will rent the space we use to perform the piece (our beloved Links Hall). Your gift: all benefits listed for the previous level PLUS a DVD of the YEPP production and your name listed in the program as 'Sustainer'.

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    Operations. FIVE donations at this level will fulfill our supporting operational costs for Season 2! (This would be SO cool!) Your gift: all benefits listed for the previous level PLUS a swanky dinner for 2 before the performance and your name listed in the program as 'Benefactor'.

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