Investment in Youth Services

Significant and sustained business and philanthropic investment in proven community-based youth service organizations, to help them grow their impact and drive generational change.

A $15M commitment (over three years) from the private and philanthropic sectors
for youth support services, in line with the New Orleans Youth Master Plan.


  • Coordinated by United Way of Southeast Louisiana (UWSELA) 
  • Eligible grantees will be community-based nonprofit organizations in good standing with a track-record of success in providing effective youth services


  • $15M total commitment:  $5M per year for three years
  • Funding from new or expanded private sector sources, including business, philanthropy and individuals (local and national)
  • Over $500,000 for Year 1 already distributed and/or secured
  • Funding will support youth services that are aligned with the New Orleans Youth Master Plan
  • Funding will be administered by UWSELA and awarded to eligible non-profit organizations through a competitive RFP process
  • Non-profit organizations that receive funding will report on individual grant deliverables to UWSELA annually, and UWSELA will share the collective impact of this funding in a transparent manner with stakeholders


  • Year 1 of full program will be July 2022 – June 2023
  • In partnership with Baptist Community Ministries, UWSELA distributed $500,000 to 37 community-based non-profit organizations in May 2022.  These grants expanded the capacity of organizations to serve more young people this summer.

WHERE:  New Orleans

WHY:      Investment in our young people is essential if they are going to actualize their potential, and we are going to break the cycle of violence in our communities.  A dual approach of concurrent investment in organizations with a track record of youth service success, and increasing support for law enforcement, will drive sustainable, positive change in New Orleans.

Youth Service Organizations in Greater New Orleans

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  • 100 Black Men of Metro New Orleans
  • 826 New Orleans
  • A’s & Aces
  • Agenda for Children
  • Alpha Youth Leadership Academy
  • Bar None By Design
  • Bard Early College in New Orleans
  • Be Loud Studios
  • Black Man Rising Movement
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Louisiana
  • BreakOUT!
  • Bridge House/Grace House
  • Brothers Empowered to Teach Initiative
  • CADA Prevention & Recovery Center: H.E.R.O. Kids
  • CADA Prevention & Recovery Center: Level Up
  • CADA Prevention & Recovery Center: Too Good for Drugs
  • Café Reconcile
  • Center for Resilience
  • Child Evangelism Fellowship of Greater New Orleans
  • City Year New Orleans
  • College Track New Orleans
  • Community Commitment Education Center
  • Community Works
  • Contemporary Arts Center
  • Covenant House New Orleans
  • Crimestoppers Inc.
  • Cultivating Youth
  • Dancing Grounds
  • Daughters Beyond Incarceration
  • Dibia DREAM
  • Dryades YMCA
  • Each One Save One
  • Efforts of Grace
  • Electric Girls
  • Ellis Marsalis Center for Music
  • EnergyWise
  • Excite All Stars
  • Families and Friends for Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children (FFLIC)
  • Generation Success
  • Girl Scouts Louisiana East
  • Girls on the Run
  • Glam U, Inc
  • Goat in the Road Productions
  • Heart of Passion
  • High Voltage
  • Ignite Foundation
  • Institute of Women and Ethnic Studies (IWES)
  • Jesus Project Ministries / Apple Street Learning Center
  • Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans
  • Kedila Family Learning Center
  • KID smART
  • Kingsley House Summer Youth Camp
  • Liberty’s Kitchen
  • Life Transformation Community Center
  • Limitless Vistas, Inc.
  • Longue Vue
  • Louisiana Children’s Museum
  • Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities
  • Louisiana Green Corps
  • Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Louisiana State University Agricultural Center (LSU AgCenter)
  • Loyola University New Orleans Upward Bound Program
  • Make Music NOLA
  • Metropolitan Track Club
  • Metropolitan Youth Foundation, Inc.
  • Milne Inspiration Center
  • Miracle League of Greater New Orleans
  • Navigate NOLA
  • Neighborhood Housing Services of New Orleans
  • New Orleans Ballet Association (NOBA)
  • New Orleans Career Center
  • New Orleans Children and Youth Planning Board
  • New Orleans Dance Collective (NODC)
  • New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation
  • New Orleans Public Library
  • New Orleans Recreation Development (NORD)
  • New Orleans Rowing Club
  • New Orleans Technical Education Partner
  • New Orleans Video Access Center
  • NOLA YouthWorks Mayor Summer Program: Intern NOLA
  • North Rampart Community Center: After School Program
  • Operation Restoration: Operation Girls
  • Operation Spark
  • Opportunities Academy
  • Orleans Parish 4-H Foundation
  • Passion Dance: Youth Program
  • Project Butterfly New Orleans
  • Project Peaceful Warriors
  • Public Allies New Orleans
  • Puentes New Orleans
  • Reaching for the Stars
  • Rethink New Orleans
  • Roots of Music
  • Roots of Renewal
  • Save Our Youth NOLA
  • Silence is Violence
  • Silverback Society
  • Sketch Basin
  • Son of a Saint
  • Southern Food and Beverage Museum: Kids in the Kitchen
  • Start the Adventure in Reading (STAIR)
  • Strategic Thoughts L3c
  • Take the Lead Foundation
  • Taking and Bringing Back Our Youth Ministries (TBOY)
  • Tekrema Center for Art and Culture
  • The 1881 Institute
  • The 18th Ward
  • The Beautiful Foundation
  • The COOL Cooperative
  • The Cowen Institute
  • The Cowen Institute: Trellis
  • The Dupre’ Foundation
  • The First Tee of Greater New Orleans
  • The Orchid Society
  • Thrive 9th Ward Community Center
  • Train Up a Child NOLA
  • TrainingGrounds
  • Travis Hill Rises
  • Tulane University Swim 4 Success
  • Turning Tables NOLA
  • unCommon Construction
  • Upturn Arts
  • Urban League of Louisiana
  • VIET
  • We Got Y’all
  • Whole Village Art Therapy
  • YAYA
  • Young Audiences
  • Young Leadership Council
  • Youth Empowerment Project
  • Youth Rebuilding New Orleans
  • Youth Run NOLA
  • YouthForce NOLA

The Youth Programs Directory developed/maintained by the New Orleans Youth Alliance (NOYA) through the generous support from the WK Kellogg Foundation and the Mayor’s Office of Youth and Families.

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Note: Youth Service nonprofits are not required to sign onto The NOLA Coalition platforms as a condition of being funded


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