How will you invest in New Orleans' future? Please DONATE to IWES on  GiveNOLA Day, the day to give back, to support our work. This year is our first time participating in GiveNOLA Day, and we're thankful in advance for all donations!

Hosted on Tuesday, May 3rd by the  Greater New Orleans Foundation, GiveNOLA Day is 24 hours of giving, and it's your chance to make a real difference, right here in our community. Donations made to us will make us eligible to receive special prizes. So make a gift, share with your friends, and grow the spirit of giving to be a part of the community's second annual online giving day!
From L to R: Cm Jason Williams; Charlotte Parent; Katy Reckdahl; Nicky Cao; Judge Candice Bates-Anderson; Amanda Aiken; Stacie LeBlanc. 
Collective for Healthy Communities (CHC) 
Our In That Number public will campaign held an official launch party on March 16 at the beautiful new Ace Hotel in downtown New Orleans. 
At the event, we honored seven Youth Champions who are making a difference for young people in New Orleans, premiered two short videos, and launched new portions of the campaign. The Champions each received a specially decorated umbrella to show that they are truly In That Number as campaign partners. Follow this link for pictures from the event.  
The In That Number campaign would like to hear from you! 
Take this survey to share your opinions and enter a raffle to WIN a $25 gift card!
For more information about CHC programming contact Stacey Cunningham
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 February 22-23, the PAUSE team participated in the Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center's first ever High Impact Prevention Summit in Oakland, CA. PAUSE gathered with on the ground HIV Testing and Outreach practitioners from across the country to exchange innovative ideas about engaging communities at risk for HIV. Topics included planning health-driven social events, addressing social determinants to healthcare, and empowering community members to reach others at risk or out of care. Unlike busy conferences, the summit allowed for intimate interactions among participants to discuss successes and challenges in respective programs. PAUSE is excited about the ongoing discussions and partnerships to enhance all of our HIV prevention programs.   
For more information on HIV testing, outreach, or volunteer opportunities,  contact Michael Chancley.
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Believe in Youth - Louisiana (BY-LA)
With tremendous support from the St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office, on April 6th the graduation celebration held for a group of Luling, LA teens was transformed into a formal recognition ceremony that included a catered dinner and a supportive audience comprised of BY-LA program staff, community officials, parents, family, and friends. Over the course of the six weeks preceding the ceremony, this unacquainted group of youth became increasingly supportive of one another and passionate about making proud and responsible choices regarding their sexual and emotional health. Huge thanks to the St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office for creating a nurturing and encouraging space for young people in Louisiana!  

We are excited to announce the launch of the Believe in Youth School Network (BYSN) on May 31st! BYSN will bring together a network of schools in Southeast Louisiana committed to increasing access to resources and information to support students' health and well-being. Network membership is free and open to all schools, charter management organizations, and school districts in Louisiana.   

For more information on BY-LA or BYSN, contact
Wellness Evaluation Community Action Network (WE-CAN!)
WE-CAN! recently completed a consensus building process in which a panel of experts, representing youth-serving organizations and various sectors that influence community well-being, helped IWES Research staff identify a set of key factors that impact the well-being of New Orleans youth. These factors will be developed into measurable indicators to assess the emotional wellness and overall well-being of youth in our community, and motivate action to address issues affecting children and adolescents.

On April 7th, IWES' partnership with the New Orleans Health Department's Fit NOLA program achieved a huge milestone when it launched the Fit NOLA School Designation program. With Mayor Landrieu, Dr. Charlotte Parent and representatives from the US Conference of Mayors in attendance at Samuel J. Green Charter School, Fit NOLA held a press conference to announce the designation of 13 New Orleans schools that have demonstrated a commitment to the physical health and wellness of their students. Congratulations to all the schools who received a designation!

For additional information about  WE-CAN! activities, contact Danielle Broussard. 
The New Yorker Online
Our Founder & CEO, Dr. Denese Shervington was consulted and quoted in last month's article on Will Smith's murder, "A Murder Rocks New Orleans" by Brett Martin in the New Yorker online. She discusses the consequences and symptoms of PTSD and trauma culminating in violent acts in New Orleans. Check the article out here.

Financial Times Online
We are honored to be mentioned as an Ace Hotel partner in the online article "The true blues of New Orleans" documenting the changing landscape of New Orleans and the Ace Hotel's efforts to leverage business for local culture.  Check out the article here.
The New Orleans Advocate Op-Ed
IWES staff contributed a recent Op-Ed published in the New Orleans Advocate online entitled, "Including juveniles in the adult justice system perpetuates a viscous cycle of trauma." Check out the article here.
Enough is Enough: Help Urge New Orleans Officials to Finally Address Unsafe Rental Housing 
Too many renters in New Orleans live in damaged, unhealthy, and unaffordable housing. While rents keep going up, the quality of rental housing has stayed the same and even gotten worse. This Mother's Day, join the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) and tell New Orleans city leaders that enough is enough, and that our city's renters - especially families with young children - deserve better. Please join GNOFHAC for a presentation to the City Council Community Development Committee on  May 11th at 2pm in Council Chambers (1300 Perdido St.). Mothers and children are especially encouraged to attend - they'll save you a seat up front!

For more information check out GNOHFAC's blog  HERE.
Ashe CAC: The Kuumba Institute 
Register  your youth for the Ashe CAC's summer cultural arts program! The Kuumba Institute implements a rites of passage curriculum. Children are developed early to be leaders in their communities and city. Each student has the opportunity to express themselves through African drumming, visual arts, drama, dance, spoken word, yoga, swimming and photography. 
Spaces fill up fast! Give your child a summer experience that enriches their growth.

7/9 - 7/10 2016
VAYLA SOCIAL: Sports Tournament & Entertainment Showcase
Our partner the Vietnamese American Young Leaders of New Orleans (VAYLA-NO) is hosting a 2-day Sports Tournament + Entertainment Showcase in New Orleans for young people across the Gulf Coast to showcase their talents through sports and music. Play, volunteer, and learn more here.

VAYLA-NO is also accepting applications for their  Summer Leadership Program where New Orleans youth can learn to be a leader and make a change in their community. Deadline is  MAY 24TH .  For more information and to apply check out their website .