The New Orleans Mayor's Office of Youth & Families (OYF) has announced a three-year, $1.5 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in support of efforts to link vulnerable youth with workforce assistance.
The grant will enable OYF, in partnership with the Children and Youth Planning Board and the New Orleans Youth Alliance, to establish goals and metrics for youth safety, well-being, and healthy development and spur engagement with diverse stakeholders in imagining a collective future for the city's young people. OYF also will launch a community hubs initiative that incentivizes neighborhood-based partnerships among schools, libraries, early learning centers, health clinics, and recreation centers.
"I am excited to partner with W.K. Kellogg, a vital philanthropic organization, that is helping the city in our drive to effect positive change for generations of New Orleanians," said Mayor LaToya Cantrell. "When I established the Office of Youth & Families, I wanted an agency that could better coordinate city services for our young people and the families that support them. This grant is a major step in fueling the work where the needs are the greatest."