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Youth Empowerment Zone

"'Participate in Discovery' is an opportunity for individuals who live in the state of Missouri to identify themselves as being interested in being contacted to participate in research studies at the University of Missouri." -- SARA GABLE, University of Missouri School of Medicine | Also, LORETTA SCHOUTEN tells us that after 14 years, Youth Empowerment Zone is now CoMo Youth Works. Why the change? Loretta says a decision was made to refocus heavily on the mission of job readiness. (4:33) September 27, 2018

Mobility Worldwide's JEFF MORAN is fresh off a trip from western Kenya, where he and his team distributed three-wheeled, all-terrain, hand-operated carts to immobile individuals. Made right here in Columbia, Jeff says people traveled from as far aways as 500 miles to get one the carts. And speaking of moving, things are moving in the right direction at Youth Empowerment Zone. LORETTA SCHOUTEN takes us on a tour of their new, low-cost child care center in northeast Columbia! May 25, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with LORETTA SCHOUTEN about the immediate need for volunteers to be read to by the students of Youth Empowerment Zone. 30 minutes, one day a week is all it takes to help build the vocabulary of a child attending elementary school. If you're interested in donating your time, watch for details! At [4:18] Mow-It-Alls co-owner BRADEN TYRER tells us about how his (now four-year-old) lawn company began, the services he provides, what sets Mow-It-Alls apart from the rest and his plans for the future! March 9, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with JACK WAX about the upcoming Osher@Mizzou winter session. There's always something for everyone (well, everyone age 50+), and this year is no different. Classes available now cover topics such as American monuments, music and freedom of speech - just to name a few! At [5:00] LORETTA SCHOUTEN, Director of Operations at Youth Empowerment Zone, reminds us of all the good her organization is doing for the "kids with the greatest need" in Columbia. If you'd like to volunteer, become a mentor, or if you're in need of the services YEZ provides, watch for details! January 8, 2018

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This week on Intersection, we talk with  Sgt. Mike Hestir of the Columbia Police Department's Community Outreach Unit,  and Lorenzo Lawson, the executive director of the Youth Empowerment Zone.

We explore what community policing looks like in Columbia, how the Outreach Unit began and Hestir and Lawson's hopes for the future. 

Listen to the whole show here, and read brief excerpts from our interviews below. 


Today Paul Pepper visits with LORENZO LAWSON, Executive Director of the Youth Empowerment Zone (YEZ), about a ribbon cutting for YEZ's 'Inspiring Academy' tomorrow in Columbia! This new program aims to work with children from a very young age all the way through college, ideally. Find out more! At [3:36] MU Theatre Department Dramaturge, CARRIE WINSHIP, invites everyone to see "Crimes of the Heart," opening tomorrow night on the stage of the Rhynsburger Theatre on the MU Campus! Carrie also tells us about the "Arts as a Portal to Science" summer camp happening next month. June 23, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with Executive Director LORENZO LAWSON and Administrative Assistant LORETTA SCHOUTEN about the Youth Empowerment Zone's new 'Inspiring Academy.' The goal of this new program is to, according to Lorenzo, "reach kids at an earlier age...and keep them on the right track." Find out what age he's referring to - it may surprise you; and hear about their upcoming garage sale fundraiser! April 29, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with LORENZO LAWSON, Executive Director, Youth Empowerment Zone, about YEZ being Columbia's 'best-kept secret.' For over 10 years now, YEZ has helped roughly 1,200 youths find stability, despite being under-staffed and under-funded. Look for an early-childhood development program in the near future! February 1, 2016

Today Paul Pepper chats with LORENZO LAWSON, Executive Director at Columbia's Youth Empowerment Zone, about their young men's 'MENtour'-ing program called "The Game." At [4:31] STEPHANIE SHONEKAN, Assoc. Prof., Ethnomusicology, University of Missouri, tells us about a free event on January 20th featuring Civil Rights Pioneer Diane Nash speaking about the values of Martin Luther King, Jr. Don't miss out! December 16, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and LORENZO LAWSON, Executive Director at Youth Empowerment Zone, look back on the experiences 20-25 underprivileged youths had while taking part in the YEZ summer camp, and what they can look forward to this fall! If you or someone you know would like to get involved (on any level) - we tell you how! August 17, 2015

Today Paul Pepper chats with first-time guest ERICA DICKSON, Early Childhood Education Director at Youth Empowerment Zone, which just recently celebrated 10 years in the Columbia area! Find out how Erica and her team is making an impact on children as young as five. January 22, 2015