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!

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 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.

Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools

Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools 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.

Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association (VAYLA)

VAYLA is a progressive multi-racial community-based organization in New Orleans that empowers youth and families through supportive services and organizing for cultural enrichment and positive social change.  The organization envisions a world where young people have the academic foundation, leadership skills, and opportunities to affect change for a vibrant and thriving community.  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.