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ADAPT, Inc.
(985) 735-0160
Washington Parish Sexual Assault Center: The center provides 24/7 crisis line, crisis intervention, personal hospital, law enforcement and criminal justice advocacy, emotional support and counseling to victims of sexual assault. 
 
American Red Cross of Southeast LA
(504) 620-3105
Emergency Support and Services to Prepare and Prevent Financial Crisis: Through emergency services programs, qualified families are provided with immediate access to financial, material, and personal resources for food, shelter, clothing, physical health, hygiene, emotional/mental health, and spiritual care support though casework following disasters.
 
Arc of Greater New Orleans
(504) 837-5140
Employment Services: To increase the number and improve the perseverance of individuals in the workforce who live with mental illness, sensory impairment, physical or intellectual disability, and similar challenges, Arc GNO Employment Services provides job assessment, readiness and placement.
 
Boy Scouts of America SELA 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 SELA 
(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. 
 
CADA Prevention and Recovery Center
(504) 362-4272
  • Project Reconnect: The purpose of this program is to reduce recidivism and improve quality of life for individuals with criminal justice involvement and co-occurring disorders by expanding access to substance abuse treatment and wrap around services, opening access to community based programs, and advocating for client's rights to access services. Project Reconnect provides appropriate substance abuse treatment and our hands-on intensive case management services ensure clients have a direct link to service providers.
  • General Counseling Program: Through counseling, case management, and psycho-social educa¬tion, this program is effective and person-centered, using age and culturally appropriate evidence-based strategies focused on mental and behavioral health, violence prevention/intervention, substance abuse treatment, trauma recovery, men¬toring, crime recidivism reduction, and psychoeducational programming.
     
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.
 
Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans
(504) 523-3755
  • Cornerstone Builders: Cornerstone Builders is a re-entry program for formerly incarcerated men and women based on rehabilitation through service.
  • Counseling Solutions: Counseling Solutions is a professional counseling program available to individuals and families of all faiths. The caring and compassionate staff of licensed mental health professionals and interns provide help for adults and children coping with depression, anxiety/stress, grief and loss, abuse/trauma, chronic mental illness, parent-child issues, relationship issues, anger, and more.
  • Greenwalt Adult Day Health Care: Catholic Charities' adult day health care center enhances the physical health and mental wellness of participants and actively supports caregivers by providing them with community resources that include but are not limited to support services, support groups and networking opportunities with other families.
  • Head Start Centers: Head Start programs deliver services to children and families in core areas of early learning, health, and family well-being while engaging parents as partners every step of the way.
  • Health Guardians: Health Guardians (HG) provides intensive care management to help clients navigate the complex healthcare and social service systems. HG serves individuals who have avoidable emergency room visits and hospital admissions and consequently incur high costs. Patient Navigators (PN) develop personalized care plans with the clients that address the medical and social determinants of health. The goals are to improve the quality of life, reduce unnecessary health care expenses, and change health-seeking behaviors.
  • Parish & Community Ministries: Parish and Community Ministries provide resources, assistance and development for parishes to better care for the people in need in their communities. Case managers strive to connect those in need to available resources, programs and ministries within Catholic Charities and through the network of community partners.

 

Child Advocacy Services
(985) 902-9583
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)/Child Advocacy Center (CAC): Child Advocacy Services' mission is to provide voice, healing, and security to children. CAS serves children and families through the Court Appointed Special Advocate program and the Children's Advocacy Center program. CASA recruits, trains, and supervises community members to help children reach a safe and permanent home. The CAC provides a safe-child friendly environment for children who have experienced abuse or witnessed a crime through advocacy, forensic interviews, resources, education, and follow-up.
 
Children's Bureau of New Orleans
(504) 525-2366
Child 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 New Orleans
(504) 561-1290
Team Sponsorship at GW Carver High School: A Team Sponsorship allows a team of eight diverse and highly-trained AmeriCorps members to serve full-time, all year long at GW Carver High School, reaching over 800 students. AmeriCorps members provide individualized academic and social-emotional supports for students struggling with attendance, behavior, literacy, and math -- key areas where on-track performance can triple a students' chance at high school graduation.
 
College Track
(504) 577-2021
College Track New Orleans: From ninth grade through college graduation, College Track New Orleans removes the barriers that prevent low-income, first-generation scholars from earning four-year college degrees by empowering them with academic, financial, and social-emotional support along with one-on-one coaching, college and career exposure, and other holistic growth opportunities.
 
Communities in Schools Gulf Coast
(504) 486-8002
Improving Outcomes with Integrated Student Supports: CIS is the nation's most effective dropout prevention program. The mission of Communities in Schools (CIS) is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.  Not only does CIS help students stay in school, they simultaneously help improve academic, behavioral, and social/emotional learning outcomes by placing highly trained Site Coordinators (licensed counselors and social workers) directly into public schools to support children and families.
 
 
Community Center of St. Bernard
(504) 518-5968
Community Center of St. Bernard: The Community Center of St. Bernard's mission is to strengthen lives and secure futures through providing people with the most basic of human needs - food. The Center currently serves families each month through its food bank services. The center also provides students throughout St. Bernard Parish with food to help sustain them over the weekend and long holidays - a time when we know many children might go hungry.
 
Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa, Inc.
(985) 634-0590
Community Crime Prevention Program: Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa, INC., 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 YMCA
(504) 299-4310
Early Education Program: The Dryades YMCA Early Education Program is devoted to providing quality and affordable childcare services in support of the Louisiana Birth to Five Learning Initiative. Through this initiative, the center provides a continuum of developmental milestones for each age level with the four-year-old standards serving as the anchor and ensuring the students reach kindergarten readiness.
 
East St Tammany Rainbow Child Care Center Inc.
(985) 646-1603
Learn, Play, and Grow!: Rainbow Child Care provides an income-based child care program for children between the ages of 1-5 years of age from low income working families and families in crisis.
 
Evergreen Life Services, Southeast Louisiana
(985) 467-8001
Support for Independence and Inclusion: Evergreen CARES, a program designed by Evergreen Life Services (Evergreen), a faith-based nonprofit organization, promotes independence, confidence and employment for persons with disabilities. Individuals served often are in dire need of medical and dental support that does not qualify for Medicaid reimbursement. Social determinants affecting employment include proper healthcare as we assist beneficiaries at Evergreen to stay well, secure employment, and achieve greater independence.
 
Family Promise of St. Tammany
(985) 201-7221
Family Emergency Shelter Program: Family Promise brings shelter, meals, and support services to families who lose their homes. There are hundreds of families and over 1,000 children living without a home in St. Tammany. Most of these families have hard-working parents who simply can't make ends meet to pay their rent or mortgage. At Family Promise we're doing everything we can to help these families and their children, get back on their feet, emotionally, financially, mentally & spiritually.
 
Family Violence Program of St. Bernard (formerly St. Bernard Battered Women's Program, Inc.)
(504) 277-3177
Family Violence Program of St. Bernard: The Family Violence Program of St. Bernard strives to resolve domestic violence related crises to ensure participants have their immediate needs met and move towards self-reliance. Our mission is to empower all survivors of domestic violence - through strong programs that promote quality assurance and continuous growth - to live independent lives free from power and control by other individuals. 
 
Good Samaritan Ministry 
(985) 641-6421
First Step in Crisis: The Good Samaritan Ministry (Good Sams) is a crisis management agency providing emergency aid while networking with the community to plan lasting change in the lives of our clients. Our flagship program is called First Step in Crisis. Vigorous intake procedures, accountability guidelines, and validation requirements encompass this emergency aid program. It prevents evictions, utility disconnections, and provides for other basic necessities in life while educating clients on community programs that stabilize.
 
Health and Education Alliance of Louisiana
(504) 570-6952
Coordinated Care for the Whole Child (District Model): 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. The District Model allows HEAL to work at the unified district level to impact district-wide policies and processes for addressing health barriers to learning.
 
Institute of Women and Ethnic Studies
(504) 599-7712
Creating a Trauma-Informed NOLA: Creating a Trauma-Informed NOLA builds upon IWES' expertise in trauma-informed public health and deepens long standing work with high risk youth, their families and vulnerable communities to improve systems that negatively impacttheir quality of life and well-being. IWES proposes a 3-year trauma-informed community building and engagement project in which community members drive the creation and execution of an actionable plan to impact policies and practices in the education, mental health and criminal justice systems.
 
Jericho Road Episcopal Housing Initiative
(504) 895-6763
Workforce Development Program:  Jericho Road 's Workforce Development Program addresses two of the biggest issues New Orleans faces: a lack of affordable housing opportunities and a skills gap that keeps young New Orleanians in low-wage low-opportunity jobs. This program provides job training and resources to young New Orleanians while they obtain industry certifications by building affordable housing in their communities and providing the opportunity for more families to own a safe home as a lasting investment.
 
Jewish Community Center
(504) 897-0143
Elderly Services: The JCC Elderly Services Program offers weekly social and community-based programs to enhance the health and well-being of older adults. The Alzheimer's Care and Enrichment (ACE) Program offers respite for caregivers while their loved ones meet with qualified staff in a safe, familiar environment that encourages socialization through exercise, music, art, meal preparation, and discussion.
 
Jewish Family Service of Greater New Orleans
(504) 831-8475
Counseling and Case Management: Through its Counseling and Case Management Program, Jewish Family Service helps vulnerable, often low-income people access free or affordable qualified mental health counseling and case management services to keep their lives stable and on track.
 
Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans
(504) 569-8650
JA Finance Park: Finance Park is a month-long program that introduces students to personal financial planning and career exploration. At the culmination of this teacher-led program, students visit JA Finance Park, a realistic on-site or virtual community, to put into practice what they've learned by developing and committing to a personal budget.
 
 
Justice and Accountability Center of Louisiana
(504) 322-4050
Returning Citizens Legal Project: The Project will provide legal services that reduce the individual and systemic impacts of the criminal justice system through the Re-entry Legal Clinic, expungement workshops, and the Re-entry Attachment Docket. Analyzing the program data, JAC will coordinate with community to eliminate the collateral consequences of incarceration through policy change. JAC will connect and reform the civil and criminal legal systems to pave a successful path for the formerly incarcerated, increase public safety, and reduce poverty.
 
Kingsley House
(504) 523-6221
  • Kingsley Adult Day Care: The Kingsley Adult Day Care (KADC) program provides year-round daycare for senior citizens (65 years and older), veterans, and medically fragile adults (18 years and older), providing a safe, stimulating, and productive environment that reduces isolation and promotes independence, positive health, and well-being. KADC employs a holistic treatment approach that acknowledges the importance of social interaction and medical compliance.
  • Better 2Gether (2-Generational) Program: The program is designed to eradicate poverty and proactively address the needs of program participants via holistic, family-centered services. By ensuring children are school ready, parents are career ready, and families are mentally, physically, and financially stable, Kingsley House will break the cycle of inter-generational poverty.
 
Liberty’s Kitchen
(504) 822-4011
Youth Development Program: Liberty's Kitchen offers a nationally-recognized Youth Development Program that uses culinary and hospitality as a platform to strengthen youth employability and leadership. Open to 16-24 year-olds who are disconnected from school and work, the 3-month program leads to employment, civic engagement, and career progress. As alumni, graduates continue to stay involved through our Youth Leadership Program, which focuses on bolstering their civic, social, and economic well-being through continued career exposure, education navigation, and entrepreneurial opportunities.
 
Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights
(504) 658-6860
Children’s Defense Team: The Children's Defense Team provides defense representation and wraparound care to more than 90% of New Orleans’ indigent, predominantly African American children who come into contact with the juvenile justice system. Each child receives a holistic team - a lawyer, social worker, investigator, and youth advocate - to help address both the causes and consequences of an arrest. Our goal: to see all of our children grow up healthy and leave the justice system behind.
 
Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities
(504) 523-4352
PRIME TIME Full Circle in Greater New Orleans: PRIME TIME Full Circle, a wraparound, community-to-school approach, builds lifelong literacy skills of underserved families - children ages 3-10 and their parents - and the educators and schools that serve them. The program works in concert with local partners, such as schools, libraries, and community organizations, to best identify populations that could benefit most. Through Preschool, Family Reading, and Home Room programs, PRIME TIME Full Circle promotes inquiry and creative thinking for children, caregivers, and educators.
 
Louisiana Green Corps
(504) 613-4661
Youth Construction and Conservation Corps: Louisiana Green Corps (LAGC) addresses New Orleans' workforce development and residential stormwater management challenges by providing environmental education and career-building opportunities to young people in Greater New Orleans. Our Youth Construction and Conservation Corps (YCCC) is a 14-week, 40-hour work-week construction and conservation training program that provides nationally recognized certification training, soft-skills training, and performance incentives to youth who are not working or in school, yet want to improve their lives and our community.
 
Luke’s House: A Clinic for Healing and Hope
(504) 444-7879
Free Medical Clinic: Luke's House has provided many of the underserved people in New Orleans with access to healthcare through its free medical clinic for the first time in years. The clinic provides primary care services and health education for adults and children in both English and Spanish. The clinic serves as a doorway to long-term care by referring patients to medical "homes" or specialists for follow-up when necessary.
 
Metro Centers for Community Advocacy
(504) 837-5400
Metro Centers for Community Advocacy: Metro Centers for Community Advocacy, established in 1986, is a community-based non-profit 501(c)(3) social service agency serving survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Metro's mission is to break the cycle of violence and aid survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking through advocacy, intervention, empowerment and transformation. Metro currently provides wraparound services to survivors in eight southeast Louisiana parishes - the Greater New Orleans Metropolitan area. All services are free and confidential.
 
MQVN Community Development Corporation, Inc.
(504) 255-9170
Building a Healthy and Vibrant Community: 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: outreach and education on wellness, community engagement, economic growth, and the use of urban farms and community rain gardens in New Orleans East.
 
New Orleans Family Justice Alliance
(504) 592-4005
New Orleans Family Justice Center: New Orleans Family Justice Center operates as Orleans Parish's designated service provider for domestic violence and sexual assault. FJC's preeminent collaborative of partner agencies provides wraparound, comprehensive services to survivors of interpersonal violence. FJC's nationally-recognized co-located model is a best practice for survivors, allowing them to schedule multiple appointments at our single location. Our compassionate, trauma-informed team of experts assist with safe housing, medical advocacy, legal aid, financial assistance, education, employment, child care, and counseling.
 
Operation Restoration
(504) 684-9222
Operation Restoration: Operation Restoration (OR) is committed to ending the incarceration of women and girls. We believe this is possible through policy reform, services which increase economic opportunity, and rehabilitative alternatives to incarceration.
 
Operation Spark
(504) 534-8277
Immersion: Operation Spark is the only code school in Louisiana to offer people in underserved communities a clear, rapid path to upward mobility. Over the course of six months, we transform participants with zero coding knowledge into job-ready software engineers. Our workforce training program, called Immersion, prepares employment ready software engineers 8 times faster than universities. As of 2018, we've graduated 70+ participants from this program, with a 100% employment rate and starting salaries averaging $60,000.
 
Our Daily Bread of Tangipahoa
(985) 542-4676
Operation Compassion: The Food Distribution program provides residents with access to food through monthly pantry boxes, emergency boxes and hot meals. The program has 28 monthly distribution sites that are strategically located throughout the 50-mile-long parish of Tangipahoa.
 
Plaquemines Community C.A.R.E. Centers Foundation, Inc.
(504) 393-5750
  • Behavioral Health Services in Plaquemines Parish: The purpose of this program is to provide behavioral health services to residents of Plaquemines Parish. The CARE Center is the only human service agency in Plaquemines Parish, and staff members travel to 14 locations so that services can be offered in a location easily accessible to clients. Additionally, services are offered on a sliding fee scale and fee reductions and/or free services are offered to those who cannot afford to pay.
  • Domestic Violence Services in Plaquemines Parish: Domestic Violence services include assessment and counseling to survivors and their children focused on improved mental health and safety strategies. Additionally, for perpetrators, a 26-week batterer intervention program is implemented to reduce domestic violence through education on the concepts of power and control that are at the root of domestic violence. Education Services through the Safe Dates Curriculum are implemented with middle schoolers to discuss healthy relationship dynamics and warning signs of potentially abusive relationships.
  • Substance Abuse Services in Plaquemines Parish: Substance abuse services include assessment, intensive outpatient programs, and drug education. Assessments are completed utilizing the Addiction Severity Index. Intensive Outpatient services are offered for both adults and adolescents. The program utilizes the Matrix Model and is a 16 week treatment program. Drug education is available for those clients needing a less intensive form of treatment. Inpatient services are referred to community inpatient facilities and follow up occurs at the CARE Center upon release.
 
Quad Area C.A.A., Inc.
(225) 567-2350
Quad YouthBuild: Quad YouthBuild (QYB) is a comprehensive workforce development program for out-of-school, unemployed, low-income youth ages 16-24. QYB improves the community and the lives of at-risk youth by harnessing the potential youth have and putting them to work. QYB integrates work experience with career exploration, occupational skills development, education, life skills training, community service, leadership development, and post-program placement. QYB provides wraparound services to ensure given the skills to succeed and be self-sufficient in everyday life!
 
Royal Castle Child Development Center
(504) 488-1045
Child Development Center: Royal Castle is one the first five-star rated, nationally accredited childcare centers serving children ages six weeks through five years old in the Greater New Orleans area. Royal Castle provides a foundation for learning through hands-on exploration, focusing on an early education experience, that encompasses the four key areas of development do so in an environment that values the whole child as a social, intellectual, and active participant in their educational journey ratio. Royal Castle is a place where we are preparing today's children to meet tomorrow's challenges.
 
Safe Harbor
(985) 626-5740
Domestic Violence Program: Safe Harbor provides free, confidential, 24-hour hour service to domestic violence survivors and their children in St. Tammany and Washington Parishes. Established in 1991, Safe Harbor is the only program in St. Tammany Parish that provides shelter exclusively for survivors who are rendered homeless because of domestic abuse. Safe Harbor's mission is to provide domestic violence survivors and their children with services that enhance and increase their safety and to promote offender accountability.
 
Salvation Army Greater New Orleans Area Command
(504) 899-4569
Family Success at the Center of Hope: The Family Success Center (FSC) addresses the needs of the homeless and ALICE Households by offering access to personal and professional development services in one easily accessible location. The FSC gives motivated families the tools to create their personalized road to sustainable economic independence regardless of their circumstances. In addition to access to basic needs, the FSC addresses everyday obstacles such as transportation, affordable childcare, and health & wellness by partnering with related organizations.
 
Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana
(504) 734-1322
Transforming Communities in Need: Second Harvest knows food is only one of the complex needs of struggling, low-income families. Thousands across our community live paycheck-to-paycheck, one illness, injury or lost job away from not being able to feed their families. While our core mission is providing immediate hunger relief through direct food distribution, Second Harvest is integrally involved in alleviating the root causes of hunger and providing those we serve with greater opportunities for health, wellness, and prosperity.
 
Son of a Saint
(504) 561-7508
Son of a Saint: Founded in 2011, Son of a Saint enhances the lives of fatherless boys in New Orleans through mentorship, emotional support, constructive experiences, and positive peer relationships. The challenges facing fatherless boys statistically lead towards disadvantaged lives. Son of a Saint's holistic approach ensures mentees leave our program with every advantage to become independent leaders who give back to New Orleans.
 
Southeast Louisiana Legal Services
(504) 529-1000
Family Stabilization Project: The Family Crisis Stabilization Project provides a legal lifeline to vulnerable families impacted by domestic violence or housing crisis in the seven parish area. It closes the access to justice gap for ALICE families who cannot afford an attorney at the time in their lives when they most need legal help. Free emergency legal assistance in protective order, eviction, foreclosure, and related urgent matters will improve the safety and stability of families while strengthening communities.
 
Southeast Spouse Abuse Program dba Southeast Advocates for Family Empowerment (SAFE)
(985) 542-8384
Domestic Violence Program: Our program allows for the provision of housing, basic needs, and support services to survivors and their dependent children. The organization's services include 24-hour crisis intervention, safety planning, emergency shelter and other basic needs, protective order technical assistance, court preparation and accompaniment, individual and group support for adult and children in addition to rapid rehousing. We provide services to survivors of domestic violence, stalking; now we are expanding to serve survivors of sexual assault.
 
STARC of Louisiana, Inc. 
(985) 641-0197
Adults Services/Supported Employment: This program assists adults with disABILITIES to prepare, search and secure employment in a community setting, thus reducing the number of unemployed adults in this population by securing meaningful jobs. This aligns with the mission of STARC of Louisiana, Inc., which is to provide a lifetime of Services, Advocacy, Resources, and Community Connections for individuals with disABILITIES.
 
Tangipahoa Voluntary Council on Aging
(985) 748-7486
Meals and Activities for Seniors: This 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. 
 
Travelers Aid Society of Greater New Orleans
(504) 586-0010
  • Crisis Intervention/Case Management: The Travelers Aid Society Crisis-Intervention Counseling/Case Management program provides support for people experiencing homelessness. Services include: crisis-counseling, emergency food, clothing, and shelter. Other ancillary services include: limited storage, bus tokens, mail receipt, access to computers/phones/internet, voicemail etc. Healthcare, showers, laundry services and day shelter are also available onsite. Once the immediate crisis is resolved we focus on long-term recovery addressing: heath and behavioral health issues, unemployment, and securing and sustaining permanent housing.
  • Self-Help Employment Program: The Travelers Aid Self-Help Employment Program (SHEP) is designed to assist homeless individuals in securing quality jobs. The goal is achieved by providing employment counseling and removing the barriers to employment homeless individuals face (e.g. lack of access to telephones/internet, mailing address, voice mail, storage of personal belongings, identification, toiletries, proper grooming, appropriate job search clothing, food, emergency shelter vouchers, bus tokens to conduct a job search, healthcare etc.).

 

United Negro College Fund
(504) 581-3794
Emergency Assistance Fund: The UNCF Emergency Assistance Fund addresses the crisis situations faced by individuals who had aspirations of obtaining a college degree and pursued it but due to avoidable emergency situations, they could not continue their education.
 
Urban League of Louisiana
(504) 620-2332
  • Head Start Center: Urban League Head Start Center is a free, quality childcare program offering comprehensive support in the development of infants and toddlers ages 0 - 5. Services include individualized learning and instruction, health and development screenings, nutritious meals, oral health, and mental health support. Utilizing a "whole family" health and wellness approach, Urban League Head Start offers assistance to families to gain housing stability, continued education, job skills training, and financial security.
  • Project Ready: Project Ready is the signature college and career readiness program of the National Urban League, which prepares youth for post-secondary success in college, work, and life. Participants receive academic support, life skills, career technical education, dual enrollment opportunities, college and career readiness, STEM exposure, "Behind the Business" tours, and mentoring. Project Ready is available to students grades 9-12 at partner schools, L.B. Landry-O.P. Walker College and Career Preparatory High School and Scotlandville Magnet High School.
 
VIA LINK, INC.
(504) 895-5550
  • 211 and TXT211: Simply dial 2-1-1 anytime 24/7 to speak with an Information and Referral Specialist about your health and human services needs or by texting to 898211. Whether you need to know the nearest food pantry that is open, need shelter, assistance with your utility bill, dental care, or more, we can provide you with a resource that is free or offers a nominal sliding scale fee for services.
  • Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention: VIA LINK provides crisis intervention/suicide prevention through several telephonic venues (phone, text or chat) 24/7. This service can be access through 2-1-1, our Teen Textline (504-777-3273) or Crisis Chat (vialink.org). Additionally, we are the provider of Suicide Prevention for the National Suicide Prevention LIFELINE (800-273-TALK). Calls to that National Number originating from a Louisiana area code route to the VIA LINK contact center to be handled by our crisis intervention specialists.
 
Volunteers of America Southeast Louisiana
(504) 482-2130
Mentoring Children of Promise Program: Volunteers of America Southeast Louisiana (VOASELA) operates Mentoring Children of Promise (MCP) to assist children with building their self-esteem and to help them develop positive relationships with adults. MCP works with children to avoid risky and delinquent behavior and encourages setting goals in school and life. The program currently serves 160 children in the New Orleans area, focusing on children with an incarcerated or formerly incarcerated parent and also including children with truancy issues.
 
YMCA of Bogalusa
(985) 732-3741
YMCA Health & Wellness, Afterschool and Leaders Club Programs: The YMCA of Bogalusa is a communal resource for citizens of all ages and aims to further benefit an area that is struggling to live a healthy lifestyle and strive academically.
 
YMCA of Greater New Orleans
(504) 568-9622
  • Plaquemines Partnerships YMCAs: Developed following Hurricane Katrina as a way to help the community come together and heal, the Plaquemines Partnership YMCAs are a partnership between the YMCA and the Plaquemines Parish government. With community campuses located in Buras and Port Sulphur, our joint goal is to improve and sustain the health of the community. The Plaquemines Partnership YMCAs offer programs that deepen positive values, increase commitment to service, build stronger family bonds, and create greater work-life balance. 
  • YMCA Educational Services (YES!): YMCA Educational Services (YES!) is the adult education and workforce development branch of the YMCA of GNO. In partnership with the New Orleans Public Library, YES! gives adults the math, reading, and computer skills they need to advance their careers and improve their lives. We work with non-readers who want to function better in their daily lives, adults in need of their high school diploma, and workers seeking skills remediation to advance on the job.
Youth Empowerment Project
(504) 522-1316
  • YEP Works: YEP engages underserved young people through community-based education, mentoring, employment readiness and enrichment programs to develop skills and strengthen ties to family and community. YEP Works is a job training program for 16 to 24 year olds where youth earn an educational stipend while working alongside YEP staff. The gain vital hard and soft skills that help them get and keep jobs.
  • YEP Educates: YEP engages underserved young people through community-based education, mentoring, employment readiness and enrichment programs to develop skills and strengthen ties to family and community. YEP is one of only five official providers of adult education services in New Orleans recognized by the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS), offering the largest program in the city specializing in adult education and high school equivalence preparation to out-of-school youth between the ages of 16 and 24.
 
Youth Service Bureau of St Tammany
(985) 893-2570
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA): The CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) program provides a focused opportunity for volunteers to be actively engaged in the community by serving as advocates for abused and neglected children in St. Tammany and Washington Parishes. These volunteers ensure that the children's basic needs are met and provide the courts with detailed reports helping judges find them permanent homes free from abuse and neglect.
  • Crossroads: Crossroads is an intervention program that helps young people who have committed a delinquent act restore their relationship with the community and choose a new direction, avoiding further involvement with the juvenile justice system.
  • Truancy Assessment & Services Center (TASC): TASC 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.

Collaboration Grants

New Orleans Grade-Level Reading Campaign

Outcome Focus: Prosperity Tomorrow
Type of Grant: Planning
Grant Amount: $25,000.00

Partners
  • Institute of Mental Hygiene
  • United Way of Southeast Louisiana
  • Converge
  • Data Center
Summary

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

Partners
  • 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
Summary

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

Partners
  • City of New Orleans (Network of Economic Opportunity and JOB 1)
  • United Way of Southeast Louisiana
  • Capital One Foundation
  • Urban Strategies
  • Prudential Foundation
  • Humana
  • Mary Babcock Reynolds
  • W.K. Kellogg Foundation
  • New Orleans Business Alliance
  • National Fund for Workforce Solutions
Summary

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

Partners
  • 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
Summary

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

Partners
  • UNITY of Greater New Orleans
  • Southeast Louisiana Legal Services
  • Travelers Aid Society
Summary

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

Partners
  • 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
Summary

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

Partners
  • 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
  • KIDsmART
  • Baptist Community Ministries
  • Laureus Sports for Good Foundation
  • Conrad Hilton Foundation
  • New Orleans Recreation Development Commission
  • J.P. Morgan Chase
  • Café Reconcile
Summary

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.

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