YEP Nation

YEP Nation The YEP Nation's goal is to provide a means for young women to create "Positive" media using New Media ( Music, 3D, Video, Graphics) ! There is a rapidly growing sea of negative media and influences that are permeating the youth through various media consumption devices ranging from smart phones to tablets and soon, smart watches!

It is "High Time" a national movement be started to balance that on rush out and eventually overtake it. The YEP project will provide that platform! We need all hands on deck to get our youth back!

Operating as usual

02/20/2020

We are excited to launch our Career Exploration Series with Corinne Rice - Senior Manager, Talent Experience at Walgreens and our Account Executive, Shaina Jones as the reporter. The purpose of this series to have women from various professional fields share their background and stories with our young women about what it took for them to get into their current position. A small "Spark" can create a "Raging Flame" of progress and momentum towards a rewarding Career Path in various professional fields.

This series is a part of our YEP Nation News program where we will be sharing the progress of our Mission of training young women in the Digital Media space. Stay Tuned :-)

The LORD has positioned us for some GREAT work this year. We have come a long way from our beginnings in a small classro...
02/09/2020

The LORD has positioned us for some GREAT work this year. We have come a long way from our beginnings in a small classroom at Mahalia Jackson Elementary to our new facility and YEP Nation News Studio. We have our own mobile app that we are launching in conjunction with Medtronic and our Augmented Reality Service will be on syrup bottles in grocery stores around the country starting this month with Michele Foods Syrup! We will also be producing a News Program on the GOOD things that are happening in the area along with other media programs. The young women in the program will be doing all the production activities!

We are ready for the MISSION and on the move!
GOD IS GOOD!

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02/09/2020

YEP Nation's cover photo

09/03/2019
Augmented Reality on a Syrup Bottle!

We are taking a bottle of syrup “to school” to create SMART Syrup! Michele Foods has selected our all-female Creative Media Agency and its Augmented Reality Tutorial service to enhance customer engagement. A consumer will be able to just point their phone at the QR Code on the Syrup Bottle and instantly reveal numerous media elements ranging from interactive video recipe applications to a program on how to start a food business.

You can find these delicious syrups at Jewel Osco stores in the Midwest. I am a BIG Pancake and Biscuit fan and my favorite is the Maple Creme syrup! Please support her company and purchase her products.

I hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend!
Ed

We had a great time yesterday at the Black Women's Expo 2019 with the Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force! We ...
04/14/2019

We had a great time yesterday at the Black Women's Expo 2019 with the Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force! We are training young women how to create Augmented and Virtual Reality programs like you see here. Visitors to the booth just pointed their phones at a piece of candy to get the full presentation on the organization and how they help with Breast Cancer prevention. They can even take Selfies and send to friends for a more " Viral" approach to spreading the word about Breast Cancer Prevention. Our team member, Heather Kuzmich is here helping present the organization. You can try it yourself. Just download the free ZAPPAR app ( Apple and Android) and point at this code on your screen. It will then open up the program. We are excited about this program since it may help save a life with the right information in a timely manner.

BWE 2019
04/14/2019

BWE 2019

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04/14/2019

Untitled Album

04/14/2019

We had a great time yesterday at the Black Women's Expo 2019 with the Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force! We are training young women how to create Augmented and VIrtual Reality programs like you see here. Visitors to the booth just pointed their phones at a piece of candy to get the full presentation on the organization and how they help with Breast Cancer prevention. They can even take Selfies and send to friends for a more " Viral" approach to spreading the word about Breast Cancer Prevention. Our team member, Heather Kuzmich is here helping present the organization. You can try it yourself. Just download the free ZAPPAR app ( Apple and Android) and point at this code on your screen. It will then open up the program.

05/07/2018

We had a great time Launching our CCM Connections program at Ryder Elementary School. The boys immediately got into the program to see who could create the best sounding Track! We are going to challenge them to write Lyrics that integrate our 4Gs Program - GOD GOALS GUIDANCE and GUTS!

12/24/2017
YEP Nation / Concerned Christian Men Re-Laucnh 2018

We the YEP Nation Team and Concerned Christian Men wish everyone a Blessed and Restful Christmas! The LORD has Blessed us with a "Worthy Mission" and the platform to move aggressively forward in 2018. This is our "Re-Launch" Video Presentation. We are constructing what we feel will be the largest STEAM Lab with Physical Activities in the state. Have A Blessed Christmas and Happy and Prosperous NEW YEAR!

We just launched this young driver resource with Intervention Instruction. This site will have helpful information about...
07/29/2017

We just launched this young driver resource with Intervention Instruction. This site will have helpful information about safe driving. The focus is the prevention of Driving While Under the Influence of Alcohol. We developed this " Safety Simulation" scenario format using Articulate 360 to help young adults make the right choices. ( Click the ENTER button on the Home Page to view) We will be working with our university students to create more stories and develop them in this format. This format can be used for other training purposes as well such as Diversity and Inclusion, Customer Service, and Safety Training for example. YEP Nation team members work in conjunction with University students on corporate projects such as Online Training, Video Production, Mobile App / Game Development, and 3D Animation. Contact us for your next project and help us help youth! http://whatsdrivingyou2.org/

YEP Nation / Boys and Girls Club Career Exploration Series is a hit at UPS!`UPS Staff came to the James Jordan Boys and ...
07/21/2017

YEP Nation / Boys and Girls Club Career Exploration Series is a hit at UPS!`

UPS Staff came to the James Jordan Boys and Girls Club in Chicago to share their experiences with our youth. We had a great time and the youth got some "sage" advice from all of our guests. Our goal is to share with youth the myriad of positions that are available for them to pursue and at the same time get advice on how to get to those positions! We also introduce the youth to the Creative Arts space which is a rapidly growing field. Our next Boys and Girls Club locations will be in Seattle and Atlanta so we hope to work with UPS in the Atlanta area to start up a Career Exploration Series program there! https://yepnation.com/career-exploration-series/

Here we have Amir Hubbard interviewing Larue Martin from UPS for our Career Exploration Series ( CES).  Amir interviewed...
06/29/2017

Here we have Amir Hubbard interviewing Larue Martin from UPS for our Career Exploration Series ( CES). Amir interviewed 5 executives from UPS. The great thing about this is that UPS will be posting these videos on their national UPS Website. Amir’s Mom is ecstatic since she is a News Announcer herself. So, Amir who is going to the 8th Grade will have National Reporting “cred” under his belt. Next, we will have some “famous” sports stars for the youth to interview in July! Our goal is to have our CES in cities where we are located. As we get corporate media projects ( E-Learning, Video, 3D Animation, Mobile App Development, etc.) in a city, we will setup at a Boys and Girls Club in that area. We also work with University Students in that area from our network of 71 Universities around the country. We are on a Mission and on the MOVE!

Here is Samarra one of our interviewers at one of our Career Exploration Series shoots at YEP Nation.  She is interviewi...
06/22/2017

Here is Samarra one of our interviewers at one of our Career Exploration Series shoots at YEP Nation. She is interviewing Tracy from Baxter in this shoot. This is a great program where we have the youth run the production and at the same time get valuable advice from adults about their job and what it took to get there. They also give the students great advice to use as they grow up.

Walgreen's is supporting a new program we have at the James Jordan Boys and Girls Club. We are introducing the youth to ...
05/12/2017

Walgreen's is supporting a new program we have at the James Jordan Boys and Girls Club. We are introducing the youth to various careers by bringing in individuals from various backgrounds to speak to them and record a video series. We are very excited about this program since many youth do not have a good understanding of the various career opportunities that are available to them today. By getting first hand information from people already in those fields and what it takes to get there will open their eyes!

The YEP Nation team is excited to have our sponsor UPS’s Team over to work with our youth at the James Jordan Boys and G...
04/29/2017

The YEP Nation team is excited to have our sponsor UPS’s Team over to work with our youth at the James Jordan Boys and Girls Club in Chicago. Our students will be running the Studio at the facility and one of the students will be the “News Host”. The UPS team will answer questions from the youth about their careers and what it took to get there. They will also have the opportunity so share “Words of Wisdom” to the youth about Occupations, School, and Life in general. We will post the interviews online and the student’s names will be listed in the credits. This will provide a “powerful” example of what they can do in the Creative Media Space! The students will be working on some of the equipment that a project from Novel Applications Inc. in McLean Virginia supports.
It would be great if you could share our mission with associates in the spaces (Training, Safety, Compliance, HR, Sales, etc.) we provide services in. Visit our site for more information.

The YEP Nation team is ecstatic to be working with Six Time Grammy Award winning producer Malik Yusef and Master Enterta...
04/22/2017

The YEP Nation team is ecstatic to be working with Six Time Grammy Award winning producer Malik Yusef and Master Entertainment Consultant Burundi Partlow. Malik was co-writer on Beyoncé’s song Sandcastles along with many other famous artists. Heather and I recently met with Malik to discuss synergies between our two organizations and missions. With YEP Nation’s connections to 72 Universities around the country and the Boys and Girls Clubs, that is over 5 Million Youth we can focus our programs on. Malik, Burundi and I go way back 10 years ago in Chicago. The LORD brought our two paths together again yesterday to work with youth now with the nationwide STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts Math) initiative. This will essentially connect our Corporate Project Development Initiative (CPDI) with the Entertainment Industry. YEP Nation has clients and sponsors such as Medtronic, UPS, Microsoft, Boeing, Cargill, Hyatt, Tenneco, Exelon, and ComEd to name a few. Now the youth that come from our studios facilities around the country will have strong mentors from the entertainment field to learn from!

Cost Effective Live Video for Training ScenariosThere is nothing like a Live Video Scenario for certain types of soft sk...
04/09/2017

Cost Effective Live Video for Training Scenarios
There is nothing like a Live Video Scenario for certain types of soft skill training programs. With today’s latest 3D Rendering technology, effective and realistic video segments can be created. These videos would be done using the Green Screen technique (que the Weather Lady!) where we film talent on a Green Background and in editing replace the green with the desired background. The images in this post are from an HVAC equipment Sales Training program and some 3D Sets. The House and the Kitchen are 3D images and the talent was shot on green screen. These can be rendered out as MP4 files and inserted into any training program to increase the impact cost effectively. We are working with students from our partner Universities around the country on these projects. We then build studios at Boys and Girls Clubs to teach youth how to create "Positive and Uplifting" media. [email protected] www.yepnation.com

YEP Nation is now offering WebGL based programs for Corporate Training! WebGL (Web Graphics Library) is a JavaScript API...
04/02/2017

YEP Nation is now offering WebGL based programs for Corporate Training!

WebGL (Web Graphics Library) is a JavaScript API (Application Programming Interface) for rendering interactive 3D computer graphics and 2D graphics within any compatible web browser (i.e. Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge, etc.) without the use of plug-ins (i.e. Flash).

To date WebGL has primarily been used in the online video game space. This same capability can be adapted for very effective and immersive business training applications that can transform standard 1-Dimensional eLearning programs into 3-Dimensional programs where the student can "walk around" and interact with virtual spaces, objects, and characters. The image in this post is a scene from a module we are developing where “Bob” is making a "Sales Pitch" to Dan and Kathy the customers. The Student " walked" into the conference room to see his presentation. We are using the same 3D Imaging Technology that is utilized in popular video games today. Imagine the possibilities with various training content in this format! This “truly” adds “Gamification” to the Training Space.

YEP Nation is working with University students around the country on projects ranging from E-learning Development and Video Production to Music and 3D Animation. We then partner with the Boys and Girls Clubs to introduce Youth to the Creative Arts space and have them create “Positive and Uplifting “Media to post on the Social Media channels.

We were discussing what we think keeps youth engaged in our program. We came up with an acronym for what we do.  We call...
03/23/2017

We were discussing what we think keeps youth engaged in our program. We came up with an acronym for what we do. We call it “CDA” …. Create – Display – Accolades (will probably add an R for Repeat)! The Pic is one of our YEP Youth in Seattle, Debbie, creating a graphic.
We all have done this when we were younger…. Create something (i.e. crayon drawing) and Display (Mom check this out!) and get Accolades (This is great let me show your Dad and Grandma and get you some Ice Cream!) for it. Of course, you would do this over again and again for the R in Repeat! This concept can work with the “toughest” Kid on the block. That “Kid” may never have gotten the A (Accolades) part in their entire life up to that point. So, once you start infusing the A into a person’s life you will see change!
This also works with adults--- Create a nice sales report, Display to Team, get Accolades for a job well done and maybe a promotion – then Repeat! So, this is a universal principle and can be applied to many situations from Training to Organizational Development in various forms.
The biggest thing with the youth today is that they are normally “Consumers” of content (i.e. Music, Video, Video Games, etc.) so in a “Passive Consumption” mode always. When they can become a “Producer” of media (i.e. Music, Video, 3D Animation, Video Games, etc.) and share that with peers
(and get Accolades) they become an “Active Producer” in the Creative Media landscape. That is like “Nuclear Power” when done correctly! We plan to be the “fusion rods” on a very large scale! http://ow.ly/eXIo30abOFj

The YEP Nation team is wrapping up a project for ComEd that uses our 3D Animation Services.  This is a scene from an onl...
03/01/2017

The YEP Nation team is wrapping up a project for ComEd that uses our 3D Animation Services. This is a scene from an online training program that adds context to the screen and content versus just a graphic and bullet points ( These characters move and talk in the training) . We are working with Students from DePaul and the University of Chicago. This project is funding the studio we are building at the James Jordan Boys and Girls Club (BGC). We are teaching our University Students and BGC youth how to develop Animation like this along with other media such as Music and Video. 2017 is off to a great start for YEP Nation with projects in Miami, Houston, Silicon Valley and Seattle along with Chicago. Our Mission is to have these Students and Youth create "Positive and Uplifting" media with the skills they learn at YEP Nation. We ARE going to address the impact that Negative Media has on our youth today! Join Us!

YEP Nation
02/10/2017

YEP Nation

We started the year as a NEW company named YEP Nation Inc!  With our rapid expansion in 2016 we felt we needed to expand...
02/10/2017

We started the year as a NEW company named YEP Nation Inc! With our rapid expansion in 2016 we felt we needed to expand our "brand" from just being a "Project" to a National Initiative! Now that we are approved at 72 Universities around the country we are truly National. The link provides and update on everything we are doing such as the new studio we are building for the James Jordan Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago. Hmmm ...YEP World Wide has a ring to it also! http://ow.ly/acSi308T6H0

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