The Wellspring announces new program for Youth Empowerment and Development

Youth Empowerment Program, an initiative of The Wellspring

Monroe, La.– The Wellspring is excited to announce after over 20 years of serving the community as Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Louisiana (BBBS of NELA), its youth services program, formerly BBBS of NELA will now be known as the Youth Empowerment Program (YEP). The program will continue to provide services to the youth and families in Northeast Louisiana.

Although the program’s name has changed, the work remains the same. It will continue to provide mentoring, youth development and youth empowerment services to children and families in Northeast Louisiana. There will be no change in the evidence-based, professionally supported services provided. Program participants will continue to receive safe and effective, educational and empowering experiences with the same degreed, professionally trained team of Wellspring employees. YEP will continue to collaborate with parents, schools and community partners to fulfill The Wellspring’s mission of “strengthening and valuing individuals and families throughout Northeast Louisiana.”

The Wellspring is very proud of the partnership with BBBSA for the last two decades and will apply the knowledge and experience gained from being part of the BBBSA network to its continued service to the community. “We are very excited about this new chapter in our story and hope that you will continue your participation and support,” stated Jacquiela McFarland, YEP Director.

About YEP

YEP, an Initiative of The Wellspring, and a United Way-funded agency located at 620 Riverside Drive in Monroe, La. YEP is a youth empowerment and development program serving hundreds of children across Northeast Louisiana. For more information about YEP, please visit