On Aug. 8, Youth Empowerment Performance Project ( YEPP ) Executive/Artistic Director Bonsai Bermudez received the "Leadership in Community-Based Theatre and Civic Engagement" award from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education ( ATHE ).
ATHE is a U.S.-based non-profit membership organization whose mission is to support and advance the study and practice of theatre and performance in higher education. The ceremony took place in Orlando, Florida, as part of ATHE's annual conference.
YEPP strives to create a safe environment for LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness to access resources and healing through the expressive arts. The organization uses harm reduction, social justice, transformative justice and education for liberation frameworks to contain and guide the work. See WeSayYEPP.com for more information.