Check out our New Orleans Partner Organizations and their projects!
LDSC positions are in line with our healthy futures initiative. Members will serve with organizations to provide nutrition and fitness education, mental health resources, and provide outreach for HIV/AIDS and substance abuse prevention.
Bard's Early College in New Orleans Program is a unique approach to Early College education, extending the academic resources of the college directly into a public high school.
Through partnerships with public high schools across New Orleans, the Early College Program offers tuition-free, Bard accredited coursework to ambitious high school juniors and seniors who face obstacles to higher education.
Student Support Specialist
Hagar’s House is a sanctuary for women and children in New Orleans
that provides an open and empowering residential community, resource
coordination and a safe space to transition into sustainable housing.
We are a program of First Grace United Methodist Church and of the non-profit First Grace Community Alliance. Our community and services are open to those
in need without regard to race, religion, creed, color, sexual orientation,
national origin, age or gender identity. Holistic
The Root Studio Garden, is an outdoor learning center for both NOCCA’s students and the community. The Root Studio Garden will provide an outdoor classroom, a produce source for NOCCA’s Culinary Arts department and a source of fresh food, flowers and value added products for the neighborhood.
C.H.O.P. (Cooking up Healthy Options and Portions) is a Humana grant funded after school cooking program that was designed to teach middle school students to prepare healthy meals, and feel more confident in the kitchen. Recipes were created to show students that they can still eat their favorite foods and be healthy, just by making a few small changes in the ingredients. C.H.O.P. acts as a
compliment to the LSU AgCenter’s “Smart Choices” nutrition program offered during the fall. Our goal is for students to translate their nutrition knowledge into tangible skills that can make healthy eating a
habit. C.H.O.P. gives students the opportunity to put the things they’ve learned in nutrition class in to practice while becoming confident in the kitchen.
2 C.H.O.P. Program Educators
The new SoFAB will include the Culinary Innovation Center, a fully functioning commercial grade certified kitchen that will offer services and resources such as cooking classes, demonstrations, and community kitchen space and the Jenn Air Kitchen Auditorium; a Children’s Gallery; extensive exhibits on every Southern state, including different “trails” to explore.
Culinary Innovation Center Program Manager
BreakOUT! fights the criminalization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth who are directly impacted by the criminal or juvenile justice system in New Orleans. We affect concrete policy changes to build a safer and more just New Orleans.
We build on the rich cultural tradition of resistance in the South to build the power of LGBTQ youth through youth organizing, healing justice, and leadership development programs.
1 Youth Organizer and Healing Justice Coordinator
Jericho Road Episcopal Housing Initiative of New Orleans is a neighborhood-based nonprofit homebuilder that provides families with healthy and energy-efficient affordable housing opportunities. We partner with neighborhood residents, organizations and businesses to create and maintain a stable and thriving community.
We are a group of students in New Orleans who want to rethink and rebuild our
schools after Hurricane Katrina. Our vision is simple: a great education for
every kid in our city, no matter the color of their skin, what neighborhood they
stay in or how much money their parents make. No one deserves a voice in
rebuilding New Orleans schools more than the students who go to these places
every single day. That means us!
The mission of the Orleans Public Defenders Office is to provide each eligible
client with client-centered legal representation of the highest quality –
zealous, conscientious, caring, professional, ethical and skilled – whether in criminal, juvenile or municipal/traffic court.
2 Health Advocates and 1 HIV Community Liaison
Work Hard. Be Kind. Be Better.
The mission of Andrew H. Wilson Charter School is to provide a
challenging, enriching, and meaningful curriculum that educates, nurtures, and
respects the individual student and the diverse community of learners in an
environment that is safe and conducive to learning. We believe in providing
students with the tools necessary to meet high academic expectations and achieve
academic success, thus building the skills and confidence needed to become
intelligent, ethical, responsible, and civic-minded adults.
2 Community Health and Wellness Coordinators
More than a decade ago, a community task force of educators, medical professionals and health advocates convened in New Orleans to address the prevalence of youth risk behaviors in the region. The result was the formation of Healthy Lifestyle Choices (HLC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering youth with the knowledge and skills to make healthy choices for a lifetime. Based on best practices and independent research, HLC created school-based programs focused on safety, nutrition, fitness, violence prevention and substance abuse prevention. These programs have proven to increase health knowledge and positively impact youth behaviors.
Health Education Instructor
We defend Louisiana’s children. The Center for Children’s Rights is a nonprofit law office that defends the right of every Louisiana child to fairness, dignity, and opportunity.
Our Children’s Defense Team is the juvenile public defender in New Orleans, where our holistic, team-based, cross-disciplinary advocacy helps young people achieve their legal and life goals in more than 1,200 cases each year.
Statewide, we provide resources and training for public defenders who work with children, and we advocate for law and policy reform to build a juvenile justice system that is fair, compassionate, and supportive of positive youth development.
2 Youth Advocates
Learning, sharing and growing, marketumbrella.org cultivates community markets that utilize local resources to bolster authentic local traditions. We believe that ambitious social, health, environmental and financial goals are achieved if trust and respect are present. We envision communities of market umbrellas, like flowers in the field, opening all over the world for the public good.
Food Access Outreach Coordinator
The mission of Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana is
to lead the fight against hunger in south Louisiana through food distribution,
advocacy, education and disaster response.
Food Access Coordinator
Youth Rebuilding New Orleans engages local youth in the recovery and
rebirth of the New Orleans area. Volunteers help reduce blight by rebuilding
distressed and foreclosed homes. The finished homes are sold to teachers to
stabilize neighborhoods and positively impact the education system.
3 Youth Engagement Coordinators