Youth Investments


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Tens of thousands of our children and youth lack the support they need to strengthen their literacy, stay on track in school, graduate high school, and find a career. With an approach that spans from cradle to career, United Way works to shift the odds to ensure every child gets a strong start in life, teenagers have the tools to learn and grow, and young adults thrive in the job market.



Orleans Parish Summer Impact Grants

United Way of Southeast Louisiana is continuing its mission to enhance the number and quality of summer services available to children and youth in New Orleans, providing $100,000 in grant funding to 13 Orleans Parish nonprofits aligned with the New Orleans Youth Master Plan (YMP) and focused on serving young people of color, ages 11 to 24, living below the ALICE Threshold. Learn more about our 2023 Summer Impact Grants process.


Agency Program
About Family and Community Engagement Summer Social Set 2023: Life Kit
Cultivating Youth Athletic Summer Camp
Electric Girls 2023 STEM Summer Camp
Eternal Seeds 2023 Summer Session
Faubourg St. Roch Improvement Association RE(ad) TREAT
The Foundation For Science and Mathematics Education STEP Up
Friends of New Orleans Public Library NOPL Summer Fun and Reading Program
Jesus Project Ministries Junior Student Training and Enrichment Next Level Leadership Workshop
Phoenix Communities of NOLA Career & Arts Teen Camp
Pink Nails ReDefine Mentorship
Trinity Community Center Summer Leadership Development
YEAH! YOGA Summer Youth Empowerment & Healing Program
The Youth Initiative Youth Initiative




In 2022, UWSELA and Baptist Community Ministries distributed $500,000 in Summer Impact Grants to 37 Orleans Parish summer program providers focused on serving young people of color ages 11-24, living below the ALICE Threshold, to deepen services to children and youth.

Review the Orleans Summer Impact Grants 2022 Report.






The Greenway youth-led basketball court mural project was made possible with support from Sneaker Politics, Jaxson Hayes, United Way of Southeast Louisiana, Baptist Community Ministries, the Brees Dream Foundation, and Neel Choudhury



New Orleans Public Library removed transportation barriers for youth this summer through the Teen Read and Ride program, which provided free RTA day passes to help young people get to the library.


Café Reconcile prepares young people with skills and supports to be successful professionals through its Workforce Training Program in hospitality.


The NOLA Coalition

As a member of the NOLA Coalition, United Way is overseeing the coalition’s first round of youth investments via the Youth Master Plan (YMP) Grants. More information on giving and future funding opportunities through the coalition will be available at

→ Read more about the grants’ background, criteria, and awards.

Two reviewers (an adult and a youth) read each eligible application to obtain an average score to determine program funding. The estimated time to read a proposal is one hour, with 8-10 proposals assigned per reader. Volunteer reviewers are chosen based on their knowledge, education, and lived experience.





Applications due


Reviewers read and rate applications online

End of Day 10/11/2022

All scores due

10/14/2022 at 4:00 p.m.

**Funding meeting

Week of Oct. 24, 2022

Funding notifications go out

Nov. 1, 2022 – Oct. 31, 2023

Funding dates

The NOLA Coalition announced in October the first round of recipients for its Youth Master Plan grant opportunity. The group awarded $906,300 in funding to 23 Orleans Parish nonprofits serving children and youth – birth to 24 – living at or below the ALICE Threshold.

The funded agencies include the following:

  • 100 Black Men of Metro New Orleans $25,000
  • Art Camp 504 $35,000
  • A's & Aces $35,000
  • Black Man Rising Movement, Inc. $10,735
  • STEM NOLA $25,000
  • Dancing Grounds $50,000
  • Empower Your Cents $75,000
  • Grow Dat Youth Farm $25,000
  • Jesus Project Ministries $75,000
  • Louisiana Green Corps $25,000
  • NOVAC (New Orleans Video Access Center) $25,000
  • NOTEP Trade School$75,000
  • Operation Restoration $25,000
  • P.O.S.H. Push Nonprofit $75,000
  • Reconcile New Orleans Inc. $25,000
  • Second Line Arts Collective $30,000
  • SilenceIsViolence $25,000
  • Start the Adventure in Reading (STAIR) $25,000
  • The 1881 Institute $75,000
  • The 18th Ward $25,000
  • The First 72+ $25,000
  • unCommon Construction $25,000
  • Whole Village Art Therapy $70,565

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