Office of Youth and Families

On May 25, 2018, Mayor LaToya Cantrell signed an executive order establishing the new Office of Youth and Families (OYF) to drive strategic systems-level improvements for New Orleans young people and families.

Recognizing no single agency can tackle complex societal challenges alone, OYF was chartered to provide oversight and coordination between vital public services supporting our youth. This includes partnering closely with institutions like:

  • New Orleans Recreation Department Commission (NORDC)
  • New Orleans Public Library (NOPL)
  • New Orleans Public Schools

 

Mission

The Office of Youth and Families works to improve child well-being by increasing coordination between agencies, expanding resources, ensuring equitable policymaking, engaging youth and community input.

Vision

We envision a New Orleans where all children and families thrive.

Values

  • Opportunity 
  • Equity 
  • Voice  
  • Access 
  • Action 

Office Of Youth And Families

(504) 658-7806 Email Office Of Youth And Families
1300 Perdido Street 4W09 New Orleans, LA 70112

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Programs & Initiatives
Mayor's Youth Advisory Council

OYF and Neighborhood Engagement Office are pleased to announce an exciting development. Starting Fall 2023, the Junior Civic Leadership Academy (JCLA) will take place through the first three sessions of each term of the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council (MYAC). This program engages young people in policy-making and providing a platform for youth voice in government.  

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Parent Leadership Training Institute

The Office of Youth and Families is proud to partner with the National Parent Leadership Institute (NPLI) to bring the Parent Leadership Training Institute to the City of New Orleans.

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Pathways Youth Internship Program

In partnership with the Gracefully Mindful Wellness Institute, Pathways is a year-round workforce readiness and personal development program for 14-17 year old system-involved youth that seeks to mitigate youth poverty, unemployment, and recidivism by providing them with paid work internships, workshops focused on conflict resolution, mindfulness, and soft skills development.

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Summer Connects

The Summer Success Initiative seeks to increase financial stability, employment access, and positive social support over the summer for system involved youth by assisting them with the enrollment processes at NORDC and the Mayor's Summer Employment Youth Program. Youth are provided with case management and transportation support if needed. 

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Mayor for a Day Essay Contest

The “Mayor for a Day” program aims to foster and encourage leadership in young people living in New Orleans.  New Orleans youth ages 11 to 18 are invited to write essays about what New Orleans would be like if they were Mayor for a day.

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Latest News

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June 6, 2024 | From City of New Orleans

The Mayor’s Office of Youth and Families, Children’s Youth and Planning Board and New Orleans Youth Alliance Enter Phase III of Youth Master Plan

The Mayor’s Office of Youth and Families (OYF), the Children’s Youth and Planning Board (CYPB) and the New Orleans Youth Alliance (NOYA) are proud to announce the commencement of Phase III in the creation and implementation of theYouth Master Plan. This strategic blueprint aims to cultivate a youth-centered New Orleans by directing citywide stakeholders and resources towards addressing critical issues, meeting defined goals and enhancing the lives of the city's youth and families. 

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June 5, 2024 | From City of New Orleans

City of New Orleans Celebrates the Opening of NORD Pools for the Summer on Splash Day

 Mayor LaToya Cantrell today was joined by New Orleans Recreation Development (NORD) Commission CEO Larry Barabino, Jr., NORD Commission Chairman Theo C. Sanders III, Director of the Office of Workforce Development Sunae Villavaso, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Youth and Families (OYF) Asya Howlette and District C Councilmember and NORD Commission Member Freddie King III to celebrate “Splash Day,” which officially marks the opening of NORD pools and other summer recreational activities.  

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May 30, 2024 | From City of New Orleans

City of New Orleans Reminds Youth Serving Organizations of the Bloomberg Youth Climate Action Fund Applications Opening June 1

On May 15, Mayor LaToya Cantrell announced that the City of New Orleans was selected to participate in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ new Youth Climate Action Fund, which will provide technical assistance and funding to activate tens of thousands of young people ages 15 – 24 to design, produce and govern urgent climate solutions in cities across the globe. New Orleans joined the Fund alongside cities from around the world, which together spans 38 countries across six continents, representing over 62 million residents. 

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May 24, 2024 | From City of New Orleans

City of New Orleans to Deactivate School Zone Cameras for the Summer

The City of New Orleans Department of Public Works (DPW) today announced that all school zone traffic cameras will be deactivated for the summer.

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May 15, 2024 | From City of New Orleans

Mayor Cantrell Announces City of New Orleans Joins Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Youth Climate Action Fund to Activate Young People in Driving Solutions

Mayor LaToya Cantrell today announced that the City of New Orleans will join Bloomberg Philanthropies’ new Youth Climate Action Fund, which will provide technical assistance and funding to activate tens of thousands of young people ages of 15 – 24 years to design, produce and govern urgent climate solutions in cities across the globe. With 84 percent of youth around the world reporting that they are worried climate change threatens people and the planet, this initiative grants young people the opportunity to get directly involved in tackling this global issue. New Orleans joins the Fund alongside cities from around the world, which together spans 38 countries across six continents, representing over 62 million residents. 

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May 10, 2024 | From City of New Orleans

New Orleans Recreation Development Commission, Office of Workforce Development and Mayor’s Office of Youth and Families Announces Details of Youth Summer Programs

This week, the New Orleans Recreation Development (NORD) Commission, in partnership with the City of New Orleans Office of Workforce Development and Mayor’s Office of Youth and Families announced the upcoming youth summer programming. Opportunities will be available in all five City Council Districts through NORD and JOB1 NOLA Youth Works. In total, the City has committed more than $2 million to youth summer programming this year.   

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