HAPPY MARDI GRAS!
Our Quarterly E-Blast got a makeover.
Now see what else we've been up to!
Collective for Healthy Communities (CHC) 
This January, marked the launch of  
In That Number , a city-wide public will campaign, that  strives to change negative perceptions of our youth and advocate for further trauma-informed care (TIC) services for them. Instead of viewing youth with behavioral issues as "bad," this campaign challenges adults throughout the city to see them as possibly "sad" and in need of emotional health services. 
 
IWES interviewed a variety of youth from all backgrounds across the city that have experienced trauma. We share their narratives as well as related statistics from local and national sources each week via our website & social media.  Through In That Number, we are revealing the stories behind the statistics. 

For more information about In That Number, and to follow the narratives, check out our website or email us.
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Peer Advocates Undoing Stigma through Education (PAUSE)
On Thursday, January 21, PAUSE kicked off it's first "Let's Talk About Sex" event hosted by actor/comedian DC Paul at The Page. In addition to stand-up comedy and trivia, participants of the event were invited to share their own funny, romantic, and empowering stories about sex.  Thank you to our community partners Brotherhood, Inc. and CrescentCare who came out to share information about various HIV risk reduction and support services for young people in New Orleans.  
 
PAUSE offers FREE, Rapid HIV Testing at The Page (542 N. Rampart) every other Friday from 11pm-1am. 
 
For more information on HIV testing, outreach, or volunteer opportunities,  contact Michael Chancley.
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Believe in Youth - Louisiana (BY-LA)
In December 2015, members of the BY-LA Youth Leadership Council (YLC) joined IWES staff, the  Board of Directors, and other IWES youth councils on a trip to the Whitney Plantation in Wallace, LA. YLC members were given the opportunity to explore some of Louisiana's long history of slavery at the plantation's museum, sparking meaningful reflection and conversation. BY-LA emphasizes growth through discussion and critical thinking, which are skills that are highlighted in quarterly YLC meetings. In turn, council members provide BY-LA with fresh and relevant input from a valuable stakeholder's perspective. BY-LA is excited to continue to engage youth through the YLC and through future activities and trips that promote positive youth development.
 
For more information on BY-LA and the YLC/PAT/CAG, contact
Wellness Evaluation Community Action Network (WE-CAN!)
Over the last two years, IWES has co-chaired the Fit NOLA In-School and Out-of-School Sector in partnership with Up 2 Us, Schaumburg Elementary School, Sankofa Community Development Corporation, and Whitney Mitchell at the New Orleans Health Department. In that time, we developed an assessment and incentive system for schools to support the creation of healthy environments for youth across the city. After laying much groundwork, the US Conference of Mayors (USCM) selected Fit NOLA as a recipient for a $150,000 grant to continue this important work. Thank you USCM and the rest of the School Sector!  Check out the winning video here
 
For additional information about  WE-CAN! activities, contact Danielle Broussard. 
SAVE THE DATE! 
IN THAT NUMBER LAUNCH
The Institute of Women & Ethnic Studies is hosting an upcoming launch and celebration of our In That Number campaign honoring community members who have dedicated their lives to creating positive environments for youth. 

Wednesday, March 16th 2016
Light refreshments will be served,  RSVP required by March 10th
LOCAL LAGNIAPPE: HELP DISTRIBUTE THE NEW ORLEANS PARENT GUIDE!
The tenth edition of  The New Orleans Parents' Guide (NOPG) to Public Schools is almost here! The latest edition includes updated information about schools to help parents navigate school enrollment and features a new application/enrollment section to help clarify the processes parents need to navigate to get their students into school.

In order to get the guides into the hands of the families, the NOPG organization distributes the guides through public schools, public libraries, community organizations and social service agencies.  The task is large and they need your help!
Volunteer to help move and sort boxes, staff a pickup station or deliver the guides by car to schools and childcare centers. You can also help by handing out Parents' Guides to parents at the 2016 Urban League Schools Expo at the Superdome on Saturday, Feb. 13th. Sign up to volunteer by completing this form!

UPCOMING EVENTS
02/13/2016
YLC Super Saturday Project
On  Saturday, February 13, the  Young Leadership Council, through YLC Assists, will volunteer with City Park on its  Super Saturday project: Gardening .

Volunteer crews will spend the morning at City Park replanting the Tri-Centennial Lot. The planting will take place from 9-12pm. If you're interested in being a gardener for a day, 
click here  to sign up for a volunteer shift. 
02/20/2016
3rd Annual YouthRun Nola 504K
Registration is open for the 3rd annual YouthRun NOLA 504K! Enjoy the unique 5.04K route through the Marigny and Bywater and a post-race party to follow. 
Youth Run NOLA creates and empowers a community of healthy, young leaders through running with over 300 young people from St. Bernard, Orleans, and Jefferson Parishes running this city. Your participation in the 504k helps support their journey! Sponsor a runner today to cover the cost of their race!