New Orleans Cohort

The Foundation began investing in New Orleans in 2013, and committed to supporting a long-term cohort in the region in 2015.  The Foundation is currently supporting the following New Orleans organizations:


BreakOUT! seeks to end the criminalization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth to build a safer and more just New Orleans.  BreakOUT! builds on the rich cultural tradition of resistance in the south to build the power of LGBTQ youth who are directly impacted by the criminal justice system.  Visit website.

Grow Dat Youth Farm

Grow-Dat_Photo-FOR-WEBSITEGrow Dat Youth Farm aims to nurture a diverse group of young leaders through the meaningful work of growing food.  On their farm, Grow Dat members work collaboratively to produce healthy food for local residents and to inspire youth and adults to create personal, social, and environmental change in their own communities.  Visit website.

Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children (FFLIC)

FFLIC is a grassroots, statewide, membership-based, inter-generational organization working to transform the systems that put children at risk of prison. Through empowerment, leadership development, and training they strive to keep children from going to prison and support those who have and their families.  Visit website.

Puentes New Orleans

Puentes is a Spanish word meaning “bridges”. Since 2007, Puentes has been building bridges connecting Latin American immigrants and their children to the greater New Orleans community. Their work is dedicated to overcoming economic, racial, and cultural divides and to providing Latin American families and communities with resources, knowledge and hands-on opportunities they need to thrive. Visit website.


rethink-website-150x150Rethink is a youth organizing and leadership development organization that uses participatory education and action research to build organizing and leadership skills of New Orleans youth.  Rethink aims to support young people in becoming thoughtful and capable leaders through the process of rethinking their experiences in their school communities and taking action to make systemic improvements.  Visit website.

Youth Empowerment Project (YEP)

YEP engages underserved young people through community-based education, mentoring and employment readiness programs to help them develop skills and strengthen ties to family and community. Visit website.