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Prevention through
work readiness

Reducing vulnerability by connecting the next generation to jobs

Youth Entrepreneurship Program (YEP)

Research shows that human trafficking is best fought through prevention. The Youth Entrepreneurship Program (YEP) is designed to strengthen our most vulnerable community members through a trauma-informed, emotionally intelligent, and empowering work readiness and placement experience offered to at-risk youth ages 14-24 in the Houston, Texas area.

We provide six weeks of hybrid coaching through the essentials of work readiness and professionalism followed by a career fair curated towards the cohort's interests where participants will test their soft-skills while navigating the fair. We will assist participants in securing paid employment for the next six weeks and maintaining parallel mentorship.

The YEP Experience

approximately 20 participants per hybrid coaching cohort
6 weeks of coaching with trauma-informed experts
6 weeks paid job placement in area of interest
future access to network resources and letters of recommendation

Learning Tracks

Work Readiness

Teaching the essential skills necessary for entering the workforce—like interviewing, conflict resolution, team work, and emotional intelligence—through online and in-person sessions that spark action and reflection

Trade Training

Preparing participants to understand what the most common trades are and the expectations of those trades, including working conditions, company values, appropriate dress and equipment


Participants will learn the fundamentals of running a business and will have the opportunity to accelerate their own business idea into reality by incorporating with the guidance of MiCreate

Enrollment - Open for Partnership

In its current design, YEP partners with youth organizations to enroll qualifying classes of cohorts.

Youth who are not enrolled in school; are experiencing homelessness, foster care, or unemployment; or identify as a person of color, LGBTQ+, non-binary, or gender non-confirming are at greatest risk of trafficking.

If you are a community leader who engages, mentors, or provides case management for youth groups experiencing these vulnerabilities, contact davina@micreate.org to get started on bringing the YEP experience to them.

Partner with YEP

Current Cohort Partners

SER Jobs and Breaking Chains

The Youth Entrepreneurship Program is made possible by the coaches who share their time and expertise at no cost.

Thank you to our grantors and sponsors:
Vision Galveston / 2022 Philanthropitch Competition
United Way of Greater Houston / Out-2-Learn Grant
Ippolito Charitable Foundation of Galveston
Walmart Foundation Community Grants

Thank you to our curriculum material donors: 
David Richo / How To Be An Adult In Relationships
Sonya Renee Taylor / The Body is Not an Apology
Daniel Goleman / Emotional Intelligence