Youth Empowerment Program and Chase host 15th Annual Chase Leadership Academy graduation

57 students graduate from 2018-2019 Chase Leadership Academy

Monroe, La. – Youth Empowerment Program (YEP), formerly Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Louisiana, in collaboration with Chase, will host its 15th Annual Chase Leadership Academy Graduation Tuesday, April 30 at 4 p.m. at Chase, located at 780 Kansas Lane in Monroe. The ceremony will take place in the Chennault Room.

Chase Leadership Academy gives area high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to learn about job, life and career skills through a special mentoring program at Chase. Chase employees serve as mentors for one school year to help students learn about topics that supplement positive choices after high school. Academy topics include financial literacy, higher education options, and job interview skills. Upon successful completion of the Academy, students are awarded a computer courtesy of Chase.

YEP Director Jacquiela McFarland explains, “The Chase Leadership Academy provides a learning environment for those skills required for success outside of school. Students are taught skills that will help them in higher education, in the workforce, and in society. This program is teaching those fundamental building blocks for a lifetime of success.”

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