BUILDING CAPACITY FOR BETTER OUTCOMES FOR NEW ORLEANS CHILDREN
WHAT IS CYPB?
CYPB is a planning board made up of 11 to 25 thoughtful, committed members; a Youth Advisory Board of 15 to 25 members; and three staff members who plan and move together to deliver change that improves outcomes for children and youth in Orleans Parish.
The Board’s mission is twofold:
1. To encourage collaborative efforts among local stakeholders for assessing the physical, social, emotional, developmental, behavioral, educational, safety, and poverty impacts and needs of children, youth, and families in their communities
2. Assisting in the development of comprehensive plans to address the needs of children, youth, and families in their communities
CYPB comprehensive plans promote coordinated efforts in development, implementation, and operation of services and programs which encourage:
- positive youth development
- diversion of children and youth from criminal justice and foster care systems
- reduction in the commitments of youth to state institutions
- and provide a community response to juvenile delinquency.
We are committed to working together to advance the coordination and implementation of services in prevention, early intervention, diversion, alternatives to home displacement and incarceration, and treatment services, as well as the measurement of all services that address the needs of children and youth.
WAYS TO ENGAGE
Attend Events and Meetings
We review and use data to understand current issues. We partner with all those connected to the issue to ensure a collective response and solution. Our bi-monthly board meetings are open to the public. See our calendar of events and meetings for scheduling.
Join a Youth Master Plan Working Group
Our current Working Groups focus on implementing the Youth Master Plan solutions work plans through coordinated efforts. A Working Group exists for each Youth Master Plan category: Health & Well-Being, Safety & Justice, Economic Stability, Learning, Space & Place, and Youth Voice. Inquire here about how to participate in or observe bi-monthly meetings.
Participate in our Emerging Initiatives
Initiatives grow into task forces. Inquire here about how to get involved.
Share Your Voice
We value the input of youth voice and those who work for, live with, and know youth. Your knowledge and insights inform our plans and their delivery. Let us know your questions, comments, and ideas.
OUR CURRENT WORK
BECOMING A CITY OF COMPASSIONATE HEALING
In October 2019, CYPB’s Childhood Trauma Task Force delivered on its charge from City Council to produce a set of recommendations on how New Orleans can be a more compassionate and trauma-informed city.
Download the full report – complete with background, recommendations, and an implementation plan.
Join the New Orleans ACEs Connection (LA) community to stay connected to plan movements, healing-centered resources, a community calendar, local news, and relevant blog posts.
LIFTING UP YOUTH VOICE & LEADERSHIP
The Youth Advisory Board of CYPB was established in 2020 to vocalize the needs and interests of the youth population by serving as advisors and ambassadors to the New Orleans Children and Youth Planning Board. They provide advice, input, feedback, and feedback; and co-create, contribute to, and inform CYPB projects and direction.
The 2023 CYPB Youth Advisory Board Executive Committee includes: Kaleb Nelson, Co-Chair; Sofia Chavez, Co-Chair; Eve Chambers, Recruitment Chair; Saanvi Gambhira, Media Chair.
The Youth Master Plan Youth Voice Working Group was established in 2022 to build on and implement the Youth Voice action strategies outlined in the Youth Master Plan.
Each month, these groups come together to build leadership skills, discuss issues affecting New Orleans youth, and advance solutions-focused projects. Follow along through the Youth Coalition / CYPB Youth Advisory Board monthly newsletters and on CYPB’s Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
CHANGING YOUTH NARRATIVE AND OUTCOMES
The Youth Master Plan sets a common, shared vision for children and youth of Orleans Parish.
The Youth Master Plan is a youth-led and multi-year process that is a collective expression of the intent to create real, timely answers to unmet needs; restore hope in the possibility of a changed future with desirable opportunity; and deliver systems change to improve outcomes for children and youth.
In December 2020, the New Orleans Youth Master Plan Partners–CYPB, the Mayor’s Office of Youth and Families (OYF), and the New Orleans Youth Alliance (NOYA)–launched Phase 1 our city’s first-ever Youth Master Plan.
“You just need to be a flea against injustice. Enough committed fleas biting strategically can make even the biggest dog uncomfortable and transform even the biggest nation.”
–Marian Wright Edelman