Community Partners

Program Grantees  |  Collaboration Grantees


Adapt, Inc.

(985) 735-0160

Washington Parish Sexual Assault Center: The center provides prevention, intervention, and treatment for victims of sexual assault.


American Red Cross Southeast LA Chapter

(504) 620-3105

Disaster Assistance: Red Cross disaster relief services focuses on meeting basic human need of persons affected by a disaster, whether large or small.


Arc of Greater New Orleans

(504) 837-5140

Employment Services: The Arc of Greater New Orleans primarily serves individuals with intellectual or other developmental disabilities.


Boy Scouts of America Southeast LA Council

(504) 889-0388

Scouting: The Southeast Louisiana Council, Boy Scouts of America, has been serving youth in the Greater New Orleans region since 1910. Scouting offers educational programs that teach leadership skills, survival skills, ethical values, character, caring skills, citizenship, and responsibility. Scouting builds real self-esteem and self-respect while giving boys, young men and young women opportunities to explore new horizons, achieve recognition, and participate in physical and mental fitness programs.


Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast LA

(504) 566-0707

Increasing the Positive Impact of Boys & Girls Clubs: The mission of the Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Louisiana is to enable all young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens. Their afterschool programs focus on: academic enrichment and school engagement; character and leadership development; fitness; arts; and health and life skills.


Cancer Association of Greater New Orleans

(504) 733-5539

Cancer Patient Services: CAGNO's patient services program provides vital prescription medications and necessities to cancer patients who otherwise would have to do without. These include individuals who do not qualify for government assistance and cannot afford medical insurance.



CASA New Orleans

(504) 522-1962

CASA New Orleans: CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) New Orleans provides quality advocacy for children in the foster care system.  Volunteer advocates are recruited, trained and supervised to be the eyes and ears of the court and monitor the safety and well-being of children in foster care to help the juvenile court judges find safe, permanent homes for abused and neglected children in state's custody.


Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans

(504) 523-3755

Head Start Centers: Catholic Charities has a long history of quality child care services. The Head Start program's objective is to academically and socially prepare children for kindergarten. Knowledge that their children are in a safe, nurturing learning environment helps parents focus on their attention on employment and other important family issues.


Cornerstone Builders: Cornerstone Builders is a servant leadership program for formerly incarcerated men and women based on rehabilitation through service while also providing support for families and children of the incarcerated.


Parish & Community Ministries: Parish & Community Ministries provides short-term case management with limited direct assistance & food distribution at 2 locations. Please call to make an appointment for case management.


Counseling Solutions: Counseling Solutions of Catholic Charities provides affordable mental health counseling to the Greater New Orleans Area.  We have licensed mental health professionals who provide individual, couples and family therapy to children, adolescents and adults and a psychiatrist who provides medication management to adults.


Adult Day Health Care: The Adult Day Health Care Programs of Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans provide full-day services (Monday - Friday) to geriatric individuals and persons diagnosed with developmental disabilities.  Services offered include: nutritional meals, health screenings and monitoring, medication administration, exercise, social activities, field trips, music, art, reminiscence and intergenerational projects.


Center for the Innovative training of Youth dba STEM NOLA

(504) 391-0730

                STEM Saturday: STEM Saturday provides hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

(STEM) education activities during out-of-school time to students. This program will be piloted in Tangipahoa parish.


Child Advocacy Services

(985) 902-9583

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA): Child Advocacy Services’ mission is to give voice, healing and security to children. The CASA program recruits, trains, and supervises everyday citizens to serve as powerful voices for abused and neglected children as they navigate through the court system.


Children's Bureau of New Orleans

(504) 525-2366

Child, Youth and Family Counseling Program: The Children's Bureau of New Orleans' Child and Family Counseling Program provides accessible and effective mental health services to children and families in the New Orleans area.


City Year Louisiana

(504) 561-1290

Whole School, Whole Child: City Year unites young people (corps members/18-24 year olds) from diverse backgrounds for a year of fulltime service in the nations' poorest schools with the highest dropout rates. By serving as mentors and tutors to help students academically succeed, City Year corps members are helping students stay in school and on track to graduate and closing the achievement gap between the socioeconomically disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged.


Communities In Schools of Greater New Orleans, Inc.

(504) 486-8002

Sustaining Momentum in Student Achievement: Communities in Schools of Greater New Orleans connects students at risk of dropping out with the resources they need to stay in school and achieve in life. They offer integrated, wrap-around case management and services; in-school mentoring and after-school programs; and the AmeriCorps program.


Community Works of Louisiana

(504) 522-2667

Stepping Up: to Artistic Careers (SPArC): Community Works of LA provides career-focused courses to high school students focused on achieving professional success in artistic careers. SPArC will focus on (1) Fashion Design and Sales, (2) Graphic Design and Marketing, (3) Music Production and Editing Certification, and (4) Software Coding and App Development. This program will offer individual mentoring by professionals, access to innovative classes, career visioning and follow-up to support career path progression.


Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse for Greater New Orleans


Project Reconnect: Project Reconnect provides high quality, well-coordinated social services, substance abuse treatment and linkage to healthcare for individuals who have recently returned from incarceration in order to reduce recidivism and improve outcomes for this vulnerable population.


Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa, Inc.

(985) 634-0590

Community Crime Prevention Program: Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa strives for safe, thriving and equitable communities in the Community Crime Prevention Program. This program provides the tools, training, and materials needed for community members to engage themselves and their neighbors, either proactively or re-actively, by learning to protect themselves and their community from crime and violence.



Dryades Young Men's Christian Assn.

(504) 299-4310

Early Childhood Program: The Dryades YMCA Early Childhood Program is a year round high quality childcare and aftercare service for working and continuing education parents residing in Orleans Parish, Jefferson Parish, and the surrounding parish regions. We seek to provide child care that supports and strengthens families and nurtures the healthy, successful growth and development of each child in spirit, mind, and body.


Youth Development Program: Youth Development Program provides programs that foster the development of self-esteem through mental, social and physical activities. It is designed to direct the energies of the youth through sports, camping, and after school activities. Dryades YMCA strives to help each young person develop a sense of personal and social responsibility.


East St Tammany Rainbow Child Care Center Inc.

(985) 646-1603

Strong Families Build Strong Communities: Rainbow provides quality affordable childcare and a developmental program to strengthen low-income working families.


Family Service of Greater New Orleans

(504) 822-0800

NOLA Dads: The NOLA Dads program works to intervene and break the cycle of disengaged and disconnected fathers by 1.) Enhancing employment readiness skills and opportunities and 2.) Establishing and strengthening father/child relationships. The program provides employment readiness and linkage, financial literacy and asset building, community resource linkage and case management, mentorship and psycho-education.


Youth Wellness Initiative: The Youth Wellness Initiative intends to increase awareness and facilitate early identification of PTSD symptoms and improve the behavioral and mental health outcomes of low-income children and adolescents exposed to traumatic events or experiencing trauma. The program will offer training and capacity building to community partners and provide direct therapeutic intervention to children and adolescents.


The Good Samaritan Ministry

(985) 641-6421

First Step in Crisis: First Step in Crisis provides financial aid to pay bills of necessity for those stricken by crisis, while leveraging case management resources to stabilize families long-term.


Health and Education Alliance of Louisiana

(504) 570-6952

Coordinated Care for the Whole Child: This program addresses the physical and mental health needs of children by ensuring access to high quality support services, health screenings and health interventions in schools.


Jewish Community Center

(504) 897-0143

Elderly Services: The JCC Elderly Services Program addresses the needs in our community of lack of social/community-based activities in our area for aged clients, lack of dementia services (particularly for Alzheimer's patients), and the need for caregiver/family support.


Jewish Family Service of Greater New Orleans

(504) 831-8475

Counseling and Case Management: Jewish Family Service of Greater New Orleans' Counseling/Case Management program provides affordable individual and group psychotherapy for residents of the Greater New Orleans area including the parishes of Orleans, Jefferson, St Tammany, St Bernard, Plaquemines and Tangipahoa.  JFS' main office is located in Metairie with satellite offices in Uptown New Orleans and in Mandeville on the Northshore.


Kingsley House

(504) 523-6221

Early Learning Services: The Kingsley House Head Start and Early Head Start programs currently serve economically disadvantaged children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old, and their families. Kingsley House provides center-based Early Head Start for 32 infants and toddlers, home-based Family Child Care for 24 infant and toddlers, and center-based Head Start for 140 3-5 year old children.


Adult Services: Kingsley House Adult Services provides Adult Day Healthcare to the elderly and medically disabled.


Community Counseling Center:  Our Community Counseling Center offers early intervention and preventive counseling and supportive services to individuals and families residing in Orleans, Jefferson and St. Bernard Parishes.  Therapeutic intervention for depression, anxiety, grief/loss and anger management as well as marriage and family is addressed in the home or at one of our two office locations in New Orleans Metro and New Orleans East. The program also conducts life skills groups for teen-aged students in several partner schools throughout the region.


Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights

(504) 658-6860

Children’s Defense Team: The Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights provides wrap-around care and holistic advocacy for hundreds of children who have fallen into the New Orleans’ juvenile justice system. The Children’s Defense team provides expert assessment, case planning, service referral, case management, mentoring, and advocacy.


Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities

(504) 523-4352

PRIME TIME Preschool to Big School: Improving School Readiness: This program offers humanities-focused, outcomes-based programs designed to engage new and underserved children and families to: increase school readiness of preschoolers; enhance parent/caretaker skills for facilitating school readiness; and encourage a culture of literacy in the home. PRIME TIME Preschool is a family literacy


Louisiana Green Corps

(504) 613-4661

Youth Construction and Conservation Corps: The Youth Construction and Conservation Corps (YCCC) builds the construction skills of opportunity youth, increases their competencies in reading and math, and trains them to successfully apply for and maintain employment in the construction industry.


MQVN Community Development Corporation, Inc.

(504) 255-9170

Sustaining Communities and Growing Economy in New Orleans East: The mission of this program is to utilize community-based, integrative social services and business technical assistance to effectively alleviate poverty and enhance community economic vibrancy in New Orleans East. This will be done through: community outreach; integrated social services; business technical assistance; and community asset mapping.


New Orleans Family Justice Center

(504) 592-4005

New Orleans Family Justice Center: The New Orleans Family Justice Center is a comprehensive victim's services center serving victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.  The center co-locates under one roof, service providers representing community-based domestic violence and social services agencies, law enforcement, prosecution, civil legal services providers, sexual assault providers, etc. 


New Orleans Speech and Hearing Center

(504) 897-2606

Children Achieve Academic Success: NOSHC addresses the needs of children with communication disorder through early identification, evaluation, and treatment. Through the therapy process the children develop to their maximum capacity. This program will focus on treating the uninsured/underinsured patients as well as Hispanic preschoolers with communication disorders.


Our Daily Bread of Tangipahoa

(985) 542-4676

Food Distribution: The Food Distribution program provides residents with access to food through monthly pantry boxes, emergency boxes and hot meals. The program has 26 monthly distribution sites that are strategically located throughout the 50-miles long parish of Tangipahoa.


Plaquemines Community C.A.R.E. Centers Foundation, Inc.

(504) 393-5750

Substance Abuse Services in Plaquemines Parish: The Substance Abuse Treatment Program provides assessment for level of treatment needed in regards to substance use.  Referrals are made for inpatient treatment.  Intensive Outpatient Treatment utilizing the Matrix Model is provided as well as drug education classes.


Behavioral Health Services in Plaquemines Parish: The agency fosters the behavioral health morale of the community by enhancing the quality of life of residents and utilizing a multi-disciplinary approach by serving as an Advocacy Center for Children, Elderly, and Disabled Persons, and a comprehensive, multi-service Counseling, Resource and Wellness Center for children, families, individuals, couples, and victims in Plaquemines Parish.  Areas Addressed in Counseling: Relationships, Anger, Depression, Self-Esteem, Abuse and Violence, School, Educational, or Career, Adjustments, ADHD, Anxiety, Phobias, Parenting, and Divorce.  Other services available include Tutoring, Parenting and Cooperative Parenting Groups, Psychological Testing for Children and Adolescents, Psychiatry, and Counseling in area schools.


Domestic Violence Services in Plaquemines Parish: The intent of this program is to provide counseling and support services to survivors of domestic violence, as well as to provide batterer intervention services so that skills can be learned to improve their lives, the lives of their family, and the community.


Project Homecoming

(504) 942-0444

Workforce Development Program: The Job Training program provides supervised, structured on the job construction training for at risk young adults and low-income, unemployed adults who apply these skills to building affordable housing.


Regina Coeli Child Development Center

(985) 318-8800

RCCDC Head Start and Early Head Start Programs: RCCDC provides high quality, comprehensive child development services to at-risk children living in poverty from birth to 5 years old. RCCDC provides education, health, mental health, nutrition, social services and family support services.


Royal Castle Child Development Center

(504) 488-1045

Child Development Center: Royal Castle C.D.C. opened February 1996 Class A licensed childcare center. Located in Orleans Parish in the Hollygrove/Carrollton area, the center currently is licensed to serve 100 children and their families. Royal Castle C.D.C. is Nationally Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and has 5 stars in Louisiana Quality Start.  Royal Castle provides high quality care and education with a low child-teacher ratio. Royal Castle is a place where we are preparing today's children to meet tomorrow's challenges.


Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans & Acadiana

(504) 734-1322

Closing the Gap: Reducing Food Insecurity and Improving Community Health and Wellness: Second Harvest’s mission is to fight against hunger and build food security in South Louisiana by providing food access, advocacy, education, and disaster response. Its goal is to provide 24 million meals across South Louisiana and 25 million pounds of food this year.


Southeast Louisiana Legal Services

(504) 529-1000

Family Stabilization Project: The Family Stabilization Project works to provide emergency legal assistance to help stabilize families experiencing either a domestic violence or housing crisis. With domestic violence cases, the program will assist in obtaining protective orders, getting economic support, and resolving divorce/custody matters through court judgments. The program will also help prevent eviction or avoid termination of housing subsidies, negotiate with landlords to improve living conditions and prevent foreclosures to those experiencing a housing crisis.


Southeast Spouse Abuse Program dba Southeast Advocates for Family Empowerment

(985) 542-8384

Southeast Spouse Abuse Program dba Southeast Advocates for Family Empowerment (SAFE): The SAFE program removes the barriers that hinder domestic violence survivors in Tangipahoa Parish to living safe, healthy lives. Domestic violence survivors and their dependents are stabilized through the provision of shelter, food, clothing and other basic needs and support through individual and group counseling in addition to access to community resources.


St. Bernard Battered Women's Program, Inc.

(504) 277-3177

St. Bernard Battered Women's Program, Inc.: St. Bernard BWP strives to resolve crises in order to ensure participants have their immediate needs met and move towards self-reliance. We provide for the immediate needs--food, clothing, shelter--and work towards assisting with finding/maintaining jobs, housing, and child care.  Our outreach includes legal/court advocacy, education/training, and efforts to produce social change for any agency/program that touches the lives of women and children who have been impacted by domestic violence.  Collaborations involve facilitating parenting groups, case management, and referrals to batterer intervention groups for the perpetrators.



(985) 641-0197

Supported Employment: Supported Employment enables adults with disabilities to secure and maintain employment with the assistance of skilled staff. A process of referrals, assessments, and training helps determine vocational placement.


Jacob's Ladder: Jacob's Ladder Adult Day care provides structured activities in a stimulating environment to individuals with severe physical and/or intellectual disabilities.  STARC meets the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities who are aging by providing quality care that enhances self-esteem, independence and respect.


Tangipahoa Voluntary Council on Aging

(985) 748-7486

Meals and Activities for Seniors: The Meals and Activities for Seniors program helps residents age 60 and older remain independent and in their own homes by offering well-balanced meals, activities, socialization, exercise, light housekeeping, transportation and other supportive services.



(985) 345-8811

TARC Day Habilitation Program: The TARC Day Habilitation Program provides programming to adults diagnosed with developmental disability. Monthly health checks, healthy eating habits, personal hygiene and fitness activities are offered.


Travelers Aid Society of Greater New Orleans

(504) 586-0010

Self-Help Employment Program: The Travelers Aid Self-Help Employment Program is designed to teach homeless individuals job search and self-sufficiency skills. It also provides financial and ancillary supports to remove barriers homeless individuals face while seeking permanent employment.


Crisis Intervention/Case Management: The Crisis Intervention and Case Management program offers emergency assistance, crisis counseling and extended case management services focused on long term or housing needs on a walk-in basis to anyone who is homeless or displaced.


United Negro College Fund New Orleans Area Office

(504) 581-3794

Emergency Assistance Fund: The Emergency Assistance Fund exists to provide deserving students from low-income families attending Dillard and Xavier Universities with financial assistance when they experience an unforeseen emergency so that the student can overcome the crisis and remain in college.


Urban League of Greater New Orleans Inc

(504) 620-2332

Head Start: The Urban League Early Head Start Center (ULEHS) promotes school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families.


Project Ready:   a Signature Program of the National Urban League – is a set of evidence-based standards plus practical tools specially designed for and unique to the UL movement, for the purpose of getting African American and other urban youth ready for college, work and life.  Project Ready supports 8th-12th grade students to make academic progress, benefit from cultural enrichment opportunities and develop important skills, attitudes and aptitudes that will aid in their transition from high school and position them for post-secondary success. Participants receive academic, social and cultural supports and opportunities designed to develop “readiness”: having the information and perspective necessary for success without needing remediation in college or career.



(504) 895-5550

211 & Community Resource App: The 2-1-1 Call Center provides information and referral to health and human service agencies utilizing the VIA LINK Community Resource Directory. VIA LINK will also offer a free iOS and Android App of the Community Resource Directory.


Telephone Crisis Counseling: This program offers crisis counseling through phone and text and will add crisis counseling through chat to individuals with behavioral and mental health needs.


YMCA of Bogalusa

(985) 732-3741

YMCA Health & Wellness, Afterschool and Financial Planning Programs: The programs at YMCA of Bogalusa holistically nurture child development by providing a safe and healthy environment to develop health, build trusting relationships and strive for self-reliance through the YMCA values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Programming includes fitness classes and sports, tutoring, gardening, and open art functions.


YMCA of Greater New Orleans

(504) 568-9622

Diabetes Prevention Program: The YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program is a lifestyle change program proven to prevent or reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes in those who have high risk of developing the disease. The program targets those ages 18 and older and provides nutrition and fitness coaching, YMCA membership, and small group and/or classroom-based discussions.


South Plaquemines Community Centers: The YMCA Plaquemines Parish Partnership will operate four community centers in lower Plaquemines Parish that include Port Sulphur, Buras, Davant and Boothville. These centers will provide community services related to youth development, healthy lifestyles and social responsibility. These centers will also include other non-profits and government agencies that will provide a variety of services for the community. Our community centers will operate daily and offer programs such as fitness, senior activities, after school programs, teen leadership, and aquatic activities seasonally.


Education Services – Adult Education and Workforce Skills Programs: YMCA Educational Services (YES!) gives adults the reading and math skills they need to succeed in the workplace, help their children learn, and be active, engaged citizens.


Youth Empowerment Project

(504) 522-1316

Work & Learn Center: The Youth Empowerment Project’s Work & Learn Center teaches hard and soft skills to Opportunity Youth and serves individual young people to connect them to workforce opportunities. The Center provides training in bicycle repair, customer service, digital design, computer coding and food service.


Youth Service Bureau of St Tammany

(985) 893-2570

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA): Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a program that trains and supervises community volunteers from all walks of life to be advocates and the voice in court for abused and neglected children, helping judges find them safe and permanent homes.


Options Clinical Services Program: Options is a family-focused, licensed outpatient treatment program for adolescents who are experiencing problems with alcohol and/or other drugs.


Truancy Assessment & Services Center (TASC): TASC Truancy Reduction Program is a prevention program that provides resources and support for children in grades K-5 and their families in order to reduce truancy and prevent juvenile delinquency.






New Orleans Grade-Level Reading Campaign

Outcome Focus: Prosperity Tomorrow

Type of Grant: Planning

Grant Amount: $25,000.00



Institute of Mental Hygiene

United Way of Southeast Louisiana


Data Center



The goal of the New Orleans Grade Level Reading Campaign is to develop a citywide, cross-sector campaign on grade-level reading that addresses the fact that only 56% of third-grade students in New Orleans scored at basic or above achievement level, compared to 68% of third grade students statewide. The Campaign’s work focuses on promoting school readiness and quality teaching, tackling chronic absence, and improving summer learning as well as engaging parents as their children’s first teachers.


The New Orleans Grade Level Reading Campaign will form a cross-sector Steering Committee of key stakeholders that can help address this issue, including representatives from K-12 schools, early childhood education, philanthropy, families, health, business, out-of-school time programs, and government. During the grant period, this Steering Committee will review relevant data, identify shared goals and priorities, develop an action plan and prepare to launch a five-year campaign to increase the number of Orleans Parish children reading at grade level by the third-grade.



Louisiana Prisoner Re-entry Initiative (LA-PRI)

Outcome Focus: Vibrant Communities

Type of Grant: Planning

Grant Amount: $25,000.00



Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections

Board of Parole

Workforce Commission

Law Enforcement Commission of Louisiana

Center for Justice Innovation

Louisiana State University

Louisiana Public Health Institute

Business community

Philanthropic community

ReEntry Alliance for Louisiana



The vision of the Louisiana Prisoner Re-entry Initiative (LA-PRI) is that every offender released back to the community will have the tools needed to successfully reintegrate into the community. The mission is to enhance public safety by implementing a seamless plan of services and supervision developed with each offender – delivered through state and local collaboration – from the time of their incarceration through their transition, reintegration, and aftercare in the community.


The statewide goals are to:

  • Promote public safety by reducing the victimization caused by those offenders being released back into the community;
  • Increase success rates of offenders who transition from incarceration by fostering effective risk needs management principles, treatment, accountability, and participation by family, community, and victims;
  • Advocate for the reinvestment of a significant portion of any savings realized from the implementation of the LA-PRI into programming, services, and other resources.
  • The planning grant will increase the number and percentage of citizens in the three parishes that are engaged in community planning through involvement in local Implementation Steering Teams who will develop local comprehensive prisoner reentry plans that focus on improved case planning, management and service delivery.


New Orleans Works Collaborative


Outcome Focus: Stability Today, Prosperity Tomorrow

Type of Grant: Implementation

Grant Amount: $50,000.00



City of New Orleans (Network of Economic Opportunity and JOB 1)

United Way of Southeast Louisiana

Capital One Foundation

Urban Strategies

Prudential Foundation


Mary Babcock Reynolds

W.K. Kellogg Foundation

New Orleans Business Alliance

National Fund for Workforce Solutions



The goal of New Orleans Works Collaborative is to increase family economic security by supporting workforce partnerships utilizing a dual customer approach that strengthens the workforce development system to meet the needs of employers and low skilled workers. NOW works with employers, community organizations and the workforce education and training community to create partnerships that bring employers, workers, training providers, and investors together to ensure our local workforce is ready to face tomorrow’s challenges. NOW works to employ individuals in jobs with career pathway opportunities to ensure that individuals are better able to provide for their families today and in the future.


The collaborative aims to:

Help unemployed and underemployed individuals attain family-supporting jobs

Identify and address the shared needs of employers with proven program models, so they and their employees can be more efficient, productive and competitive

Increase the capacity and resources available for education and training services to develop skills and build careers to meet employer requirements

Align with the State of Louisiana and City of New Orleans’ workforce development programs to connect workforce development to education and economic development in a cohesive and seamless system


New Orleans Trauma-Informed Schools Learning Collaborative


Outcome Focus: Prosperity Tomorrow, Personal Wellness

Type of Grant: Implementation

Grant Amount: $100,000.00



City of New Orleans Health Department

Louisiana Public Health Institute

Learning collaborative faculty liaisons: Children’s Bureau, Institute of Women & Ethnic Studies (IWES), Project Fleur-de-lis, Strategies for Youth Development, and Tulane University Department of Psychology.

Partner schools: G.W. Carver Collegiate Academy (serving grades 9-12), KIPP Believe Primary Academy, Lawrence D. Crocker College Prep (K-8), New Orleans Charter Science and Mathematics High School (9-12), Success Preparatory Academy (K-8)

Influential champions: Mayor’s Office and Metropolitan Human Services District



Launched in spring 2015 with a call for applications and the selection of partner schools, the New Orleans Trauma-Informed Schools Learning Collaborative aims to: (1) provide support to schools as they transform school climate to become trauma-sensitive and (2) build schools’ organizational capacity to implement, sustain, and improve the delivery of trauma-focused services.


This proposal will promote personal wellness by supporting the implementation of trauma-informed practices in public schools in New Orleans through the development of the “trauma-informed schools” model.  Trauma-informed schools (1) recognize the impact of exposure to trauma on students and the need for school-wide mental health supports; (2) develop strategies to actively avoid re-traumatizing students; and (3) respond to trauma with a series of mental health interventions and supports at the student, staff, and school levels.  Given that exposure to trauma among school-aged youth – either from traumatic experiences in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina or from chronic and persistent exposure to community violence – is virtually universal and the documented impact that these exposures have on physical and mental health, this initiative aims to address an issue of pressing concern for New Orleans’ public health.


This grant will support the implementation of trauma-informed practices at project partner schools by (1) providing for ongoing training, professional development, and technical assistance in putting each school’s trauma-informed action plan into practice and (2) making additional funding available to partner schools to assist them in overcoming obstacles to implementation.  Work with schools will focus on the installation and institutionalization of best practices with regard to trauma-focused services.


Ending Homelessness Through Systems Change Collaborative


Outcome Focus: Vibrant Communities

Type of Grant: Implementation

Grant Amount: $100,000.00



UNITY of Greater New Orleans

Southeast Louisiana Legal Services

Travelers Aid Society



The Ending Homelessness through Systems Change Collaborative aims to end homelessness for chronically homeless individuals and homeless families by December 2017. Three major strategies – policy advocacy to direct additional housing and income supports to these vulnerable populations, implementation of a coordinated entry system, and training of UNITY’s 60 member agencies in best practices to end homelessness—is essential to achieving this outcome.

Accomplishing this requires a multi-faceted strategy. To end chronic homelessness for persons living with disabilities, the Collaborative will need to implement the following:

  • Expand permanent support housing (PSH) resources.
  • Target existing PSH more effectively.
  • Expand the number of housing navigators for the chronically homeless who can case manage the chronically homeless into housing
  • Use rapid rehousing, short-term rental assistance, the women’s safe haven, and emergency shelters as a bridge to PSH.


YouthForce NOLA


Outcome Focus: Prosperity Tomorrow

Type of Grant: Implementation

Grant Amount: $100,000.00



Baptist Community Ministries

City of New Orleans

Educate Now!

Greater New Orleans, Inc

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Juma Ventures

Junior Achievement

New Schools for New Orleans

Orleans Parish School Board

Recovery School District

United Way of Southeast Louisiana

Urban League of Greater New Orleans



The YouthForce NOLA collaborative was formed in summer 2015 to ensure that an increasing percentage of New Orleans graduates have access to the information, preparation, support, and experiences necessary to pursue, persist, and succeed in the post-secondary pathway of their choice – whether it be a four-year university, a two-year university, a technical training program, or a job – and continue on to a well-paying career.


YouthForce NOLA exposes, prepares, and connects New Orleans public school students to careers in regional high-paying industries. By providing grant funding and technical assistance to high schools, combined with industry exposure and preparation for students and educators, all with deep employer advisement and engagement, YouthForce NOLA’s approach creates a career readiness model that will connect New Orleans students with regional economic opportunity and provide them with life-long stability.


YouthForce NOLA is focused on preparing students for career pathways aligned to three high-wage, high-demand regional industry clusters, all of which have significant employment opportunities and career pathways:

  • Skilled Crafts (including jobs in advanced manufacturing, construction, emerging environmental, energy, engineering, etc.),
  • Health Science (including jobs in biosciences and healthcare), and
  • Creative/Tech/IT (including jobs in digital media, software development, and information technology)


New Orleans Youth Program Quality Initiative (NOLA-YPQI)

Outcome Focus: Prosperity Tomorrow

Type of Grant: Implementation

Grant Amount: $100,000.00



United Way of Southeast Louisiana

Girls on the Run New Orleans

FirstLine Schools

Cowen Institute/EMPLOY Collaborative

Communities in Schools of Greater New Orleans

Young Audiences of Louisiana


Baptist Community Ministries

Laureus Sports for Good Foundation

Conrad Hilton Foundation

New Orleans Recreation Development Commission

J.P. Morgan Chase

Café Reconcile



The New Orleans Youth Program Quality Initiative (NOLA-YPQI) improves the quality of youth development programs in New Orleans in order to improve healthy developmental outcomes for children and youth related to school success, leadership and life skills.


The New Orleans Youth Program Quality Initiative is working to establish a sustainable quality improvement system that increases the quality of local youth development programs and improves long-term developmental outcomes for children and youth across our community. The NOLA-YPQI Pilot was launched in 2015 with the following short-term goals:

  • Improve program quality among youth development programs
  • Improve the quality of participating youth programs in areas self-identified by staff and program leaders of each program using the Weikart Center’s assessment process.
  • Assist participating programs in developing a culture of continuous program improvement.
  • Learn how to support a broad range of local youth development programs in improving quality
  • Learn about the supports programs need – and how best to provide those supports – to improve the quality of their programming.
  • Gain a better understanding of the factors affecting the efforts of New Orleans organizations to improve youth program quality.
  • Identify areas for improvement across multiple programs.
  • Inform the building of a sustainable quality improvement system that improves outcomes for young people across the city by improving the quality of the programs with which they engage.