2020 Priorities

Greetings CYPB Members,

As 2019 comes to a close, I want to thank all of you for your support of the work of the Children & Youth Planning Board. It has been an exciting year of accomplishment concluding with the release of Called to Care, our vision for helping New Orleans to become a trauma-informed city.

We need you next year to advance the work in several areas – the Juvenile Justice and School Attendance Task Forces, the development of the Youth Master Plan in collaboration with the City and the New Orleans Youth Alliance, and working on equity in all areas affecting our youth. I am especially looking forward to the formation of our Youth Advisory Board, which will give us a firmer footing in this work and also enable some of our city’s youth to exercise their voice and power in determining our city’s future.

I wish you all Happy Holidays and may the spirit of love and fellowship abide with you and your family!

Rev. Torin T. Sanders, Ph.D., LCSW
CYPB Chair

What to Expect in 2020

We are looking forward to connecting in 2020 with an intentional focus on systems-approaches to our work together. As confirmed by our conversation with Tim Wise and collective discussions in the 2019 Annual Planning Day Meeting, cross-sector and systems-level perspectives are crucial to the fulfillment of the CYPB purpose.

Expanded Meeting Time
In order to accomplish all that we are setting out to do, we are expanding our standard meeting time to run from 11:00 a.m – 1:30 p.m. Meetings will remain on the bi-monthly schedule. See below for the full list of board meeting dates with links to calendar invites and a highlight of major agenda items and activities.

Digitized Board Materials
We are moving towards a paper-limited meeting space. In 2020, we will commit to utilizing the Board Only space of nolacypb.org, login located at the very bottom of the homepage. You will receive a followup email reissuing the login credentials.

In advance of each meeting, you will receive an update from the calendar invite that board materials are available for download. Please come prepared with materials downloaded or expect to download them in the meeting.

2020 CYPB Officer Election
In the January meeting, come prepared to elect 2020 Officers. Nominations will be taken from the floor, along with the provided ballot of nominees. Please see the ballot here.

Member Agreement
Please review and prepare to commit to the 2020 CYPB Member Expectations. See here to review. The board-only space will soon hold a version where you can digitally sign and submit.

Focus on Sustaining Quorum
In 2019, nearly 56% of CYPB members fulfilled the expectation of attending at least 75% of the total scheduled board meetings and events annually.
Let’s raise this number in 2020 to address the urgent issues that affect our young people.

A special acknowledgement is in order for Board Chair Rev. Dr. Torin Sanders and Anne Kiefer for their full attendance at all 2019 CYPB meetings and events.

Attendance matters, as it informs our ability to achieve a quorum and move actions/decisions forward that impact our children and youth. The challenge is to exceed our past performance, with 80% of CYPB members meeting their required attendance percentage. Keep in mind that we need at least 13 members in good standing at each meeting to make a quorum. 

Youth Advisory Board
As you saw in our November meeting, the Public Allies created a comprehensive toolkit for building out the CYPB Youth Advisory Board. Implementation based on their recommendations is underway, and the application period will be open 12/16/19 – 01/10/20. Please make plans to share the application through your networks once materials are provided. 

cypb 2020 board meeting schedule

Standing Location & Time
United Way of Southeast Louisiana, 2515 Canal St.
11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (lunch provided)
See here for 2020 Meeting Matrix

Click RSVP below to add each meeting to your calendar. 

RSVP January 14, 2020 | Youth Master Plan Walk-through; Introduction of YMP Working Group Categories and Training 

RSVP March 10, 2020 | Adultism Training with Youth Advisory Board; Youth Narrative Re-Write Preparation

RSVP May 12, 2020 | Review of Youth Master Plan Data Book & Fiscal Map; Launch Youth Master Plan Working Groups + Community Conversations

RSVP | July 14, 2020 | Review of Youth Master Plan Working Group Recommendations

RSVP | September 8, 2020 | Review of Youth Master Plan Draft Components

Date TBD | October, 2020| Annual Planning Meeting Around Systems Change with Youth Master Plan Launch

RSVP November 10, 2020 | Close Out of the Year + Set Agenda for 2021

Youth Master Plan

What is the Youth Master Plan?
The Youth Master Plan sets a common vision for children and youth of Orleans Parish in which to inform the development of a sustained collaborative process driven and co-authored by youth, families and the broader community. The YMP 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 delivering systems change to improve outcomes for children and youth, as demonstrated by actions, results and measured impact data.

YMP Partners
The Youth Master Plan process is led in partnership by CYPBthe Mayor’s Office of Youth and Families (OYF), and New Orleans Youth Alliance (NOYA).

YMP Steering Committee
CYPB has committed to fulfill the role of YMP Steering Committee, and will work with the Youth Advisory Board — joined by the Mayor’s Youth Council — to participate in the 6 YMP Working Groups assembled by the following categories to address balance across age groups:


  • Health & Well-being
  • Economic Stability
  • Safety & Justice
  • Learning
  • Space & Place
  • Youth Voice
Age Groups
  • Birth – 5 years
  • 6 – 11 years
  • 12 – 15 years
  • 16 – 19 years
  • 20-24 years

YMP Process at a Glance

  • JAN – Build Youth Advisory Board
  • FEB – Youth Advisory Board Orientation and Training + Establish YMP Working Group Composition
  • MARCH –  Plan YMP Working Group Meetings
  • APRIL – Youth Advisory Board with Mayor’s Youth Council Host Narrative Re-Write Event
  • MAY – Review YMP data books and fiscal map projects + Launch YMP Community Convenings across plan categories and age groups (birth to 24)
  • JUNE – Wrap up Community Convenings
  • JULY – Review final recommendations from Working Groups
  • AUG – Identify and fill in holes/gaps + Build YMP data warehouse and digital format
  • SEPT – Final review of YMP components with youth and other stakeholders
  • OCT –  Launch YMP at CYPB Annual Planning Day

childhood trauma & compassionate healing

Official Launch of Called to Care
January 21, 2020 will mark the official launch of Called to Care with a presentation at the National Association of Social Workers’ New Orleans Regional Meeting, including a public commitment campaign to implement key plan elements.

Implementing Plan Activities
In 2020, CYPB will focus systems-level efforts on delivering the following:

  • Increase awareness and knowledge of ACEs to 400+ community members.
  • Create and sustain a catalogue of trainings for trauma-informed care/approaches; build out a trauma-informed continuum of services and care. From these deliverables, we will identify where greatest need exists and possible responses to this need.
  • Host second annual New Orleans Summit on Compassion and Resilience in June 2020 for coordinated and cross-sector skill-building; to check-in on content, impact and accountability; and to map gaps in services and care.
  • Plan a city-wide annual Well-Being Day in coordination with key stakeholders, to include Faith Leaders.

Juvenile Justice Task Force

2nd Annual Juvenile Justice Report
Look out for the release in January 2020.

Preventing Youth Repeat Offender Working Group
In January 2020, the Juvenile Justice Task Force will implement a pilot to reduce juvenile re-arrest rates and increase pro-social skills by coordinating sector and community actors to refer system-involved youth to community-based Aggression Replacement Training (ART) and Functional Family Therapy (FFT).

Addressing Racial Disparities
The Juvenile Justice Task Force’s direction for 2020 will prioritize addressing racial disparities in the juvenile justice system.

School Attendance Task Force
Setting the Work Plan
New Orleans currently faces significant challenges related to chronic student absence and disengagement. By the end of the 2017-2018 school year, nearly 1 in 4 New Orleans public school students were chronically absent. School attendance issues in New Orleans can be attributed to:
    • poverty and accompanying trauma
    • unaddressed health needs
    • school discipline and juvenile arrests
    • weak social safety net and support systems for families
    • lack of coordination among systems of support for children, both in and out of school
    • lack of transportation

CYPB is partnering with the Campaign for Grade- Level Reading and NOLA Public Schools to develop and guide the implementation of solution-focused recommendations that increase awareness, improve coordination across stakeholders, test solutions, and ultimately reduce chronic absenteesim in New Orleans public schools. The Task Force will solidify the work plan in 2020.