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Contact: Alison Mehr
Executive Director
Partnership for Youth Development
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GiveNOLA Day!
GiveNOLA Day!

GiveNOLA Day is officially complete, and what an incredible and inspiring day it was for New Orleans. 19,625 gifts totaling over $2 million dollars were raised for our city's nonprofits.
Thank you to ALL of those who gave to a participating nonprofit - and a special thank you to those that chose PYD as the beneficiary of this generosity. You have contributed to an even stronger, more vibrant city for us all!
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YouthShift uses a collective impact approach to ensure that all young people in New Orleans are successful and thriving. This initiative serves as a guide for public and private leaders to inform youth related policies and investments made across that city. YouthShift offers an opportunity to affirm a shared vision for the future, an assessment of current resources and needs, and a roadmap for moving forward. The YouthShift Blueprint outlines the history of the process…

Our Mission

Partnership for Youth Development helps school-age children and youth in New Orleans maximize their learning opportunities and educational experiences both in and beyond school. The Partnership maintains strong connections between community groups, schools, government agencies, and families. Serving as this critical link, we strive to leverage resources to community based organizations that serve youth and fill any gaps between existing local youth systems in order to create a strong infrastructure that effectively supports the children and youth of New Orleans.

Our day to day practice falls into the following areas:

We are committed to responding to and anticipating the needs of community based organizations that serve children and youth throughout our community. Our monthly Provider Meetings serve as the launching point for many of our activities, serving as a forum to discuss, plan, update, share resources and develop partnership with one another. Any interested community member is welcome to attend these meetings.

The Partnership for Youth Development works to establish linkages that support the improvement of expanded day and summer programs, as well as expand the broader network of organizations serving youth. Relationships are cultivated and maintained with other regional, state and national organizations to further the mission of the Partnership and our community providers.

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A youth-led initiative that empowered local youth to capture the work of all resources that directly serve youth in New Orleans. Youth began mapping in early 2009 in Central City and continued with the mapping of New Orleans complete Fall 2010. The New Orleans Youth Map is now updated regularly by youth and mapped resources. Community based organizations are also able to register their programs by visiting the site are partnering with iMapAmerica and local youth to maintain this valuable and interactive resource.

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Partnership for Youth Development provides a calendar of training opportunities available through-out the community and nationally, accessible via webinar or conference settings. To support the expansion and quality of programs serving youth ages 10–18 the Partnership collaborates with local organizations and Academy for Educational Development to provide Advancing Youth Development directly to New Orleans community based organizations.

Advancing Youth Development, developed by the Academy for Educational Development, is a nationally recognized course and curriculum for those working with youth ages 10–18 and their supervisors. The Partnership began offering AYD as a direct response to the need for quality programming for New Orleans youth. The course provides 30-hours of direct instruction and interactive facilitation aimed at providing each youth worker with a operating knowledge of the definition of youth development and the core youth development principles: that all young people seek to meet their fundamental needs, that youth should be challenged to achieve their highest potential, and that caring adults provide youth with a full range of supports necessary to succeed.

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Partnership for Youth Development is pleased to offer a Program Evaluation Tool Box. These tools can be customized to your specific program needs and goals, or used in their basic formats. We can administer these tools for you, manage and analyze data, and package results for presentations to staff, board members, and funders. Or, we can provide training around program evaluation and help equip you and your staff to manage program evaluation in-house.

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Partnership for Youth Development is committed to supporting the development of a strong city-wide strategy for the youth of New Orleans. Our work around this goal includes providing best practice information from around the county, funding research, and the convening of governmental agencies, community groups, non-profit organizations, youth program provides, youth and parents.

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