Youth Empowerment Zone

What we do:

YEZ builds employment, empowerment, education, and entrepreneurship skills in at-risk youth and young adults in Boone County. From job readiness training to childcare, we work to disrupt the generational cycle of poverty.

Why we’re great:

YEZ gives at-risk youth the individualized support needed to get to and through college and become productive, self-sustaining adults. Our program is an all-encompassing, anti-poverty effort that is literally saving a generation of kids.

Why does your organization deserve community financial support?

YEZ has deep roots in the community and these roots are building a culture of success in which Boone County youth can excel for generations. Sustaining this culture takes resources.

List of volunteer and in-kind needs

Financial resources to provide emergency food and housing to homeless youth.

Name of Executive Director

Lorenzo Lawson

Address of Operations

1002 Fay Street
Columbia, Missouri 65201


(573) 256-1896

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