In 1995 Dr. Joe Profit, a legend college foolball player at the uniiersity of Louisiana Monroe, an NFL firsl draft pick, Author, and Minister was on a business trip, while driving on the New Jersey Turnpike he had a vision to change the lives and direction of young disadvantage kids. A vision that would Provide the ways and means to facilitate their Hopes and Dreams. His vision was realized, in the formation of the Youth United for Prosperity Foundation YUP). Youth United for Prosperity Foundtion provides kids and disadvantaged in marginalized families with ways and means to overcome barriers to their opportunities. For more than 27 years, Youth United for Prosperity Foundation has changed the lives of young folks throughout the southeastern United States.


To positively impact the lives of at-risk youth to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. We are committed to providing scholarships, mentorship, health and wellness education, and learning opportunities that promote character development and life-enhancing values. Youth United for Prosperity, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) national non-profit organization.

Mission Statement

To strengthen the single-parent and disadvantaged family by providing needs-based support and fostering increased protective factors. Promote and enable positive youth development through education, health, wellness, and etiquette training. Help at-risk youth build character and life skills through exposure to the Pro athletes, entertainers, and high-profile executives. Mentor / Youth Recruitment: YUP identifies, eligible, willing, and underserved youth for our various programs. We recruit, screen, train, and match mentors with youth in local communities. Mentors that are recruited to participate in the Programs undergo a Pre-Orientation to ensure they understand their responsibilities and the Program’s responsibilities. This will take place in an informal interview. Once committed, the application will be processed and screened. Candidates will complete an interest survey that will be used as a factor for matching with a child. We base our child identification strategies on our current service knowledge of the target areas we serve. Much of the initial project energy and resources will go into identifying, contacting, and recruiting eligible youth into our programs. Youth in the programs receive orientations that include how to access services, how to report issues, identifying their interests, and an introduction to support staff. A family strengths assessment and youth screening instrument are used to identify the family needs, provide a baseline for youth behavior/risk for future evaluation, and awareness of youth support needs.