Who is eligible? Eligible youth are male, ages 13-16, who reside in Connecticut and who have faced significant life challenges but show signs of resiliency. Youth must demonstrate interest and investment in the program and commit to group activities. Cohorts are made up of 10 youth and will be finalized in January. Registration will close after 10 youth have been selected.

What does it cost? YEP is entirely volunteer-run. We work hard to acquire as much funding for programs as possible through small foundation grants and donations. This ultimately offsets about two-thirds of the actual costs. Tuition covers the remaining cost and this is kept as low as possible. Tuition for the 2019 challenge series is $1,000. Additional support may be available to some families.

How do I nominate a youth for the program? To nominate a youth, please complete and submit the following form at this link: