2023 Priorities

CYPB’S 2023 PRIORITIES

CYPB has adopted the four Strive Together pillars — Shared Community Vision, Evidence-Based Decision Making, Collaborative Action, and Investment & Sustainability  — as the framing for our 2023 priorities. Additionally, Youth & Community Wisdom, though braided throughout our priorities, is inserted as its own unique section worthy of our focused attention.

These pillars “represent the primary components of civic infrastructure development needed for systems transformation.”

Phase 3 of the Youth Master Plan (Implementation, Monitoring & Evaluation) is in position as our collective tool for advancing towards a Positive Youth Development-focused and results-oriented New Orleans. In 2023, we are committed to leveraging our coordination approach to demonstrate how current efforts are working, where we have gaps, and how we might move differently so that real, positive change can be experienced by our city’s children, youth, and their families.

SHARED COMMUNITY VISION

Priority 1: Expand community awareness and ownership of youth master plan
What We Said We Would Do

Translate Youth Master Plan materials into Spanish and Vietnamese as a starting point to invite participation from Vietnamese and Spanish-speaking communities.

Result

MET; ONGOING
Contract in place for document translation; Sub-grants for meaning-making re: cultural context + understanding and engagement re: Youth Voice in place.

Make digital and print messaging materials available, tailored to cross-sector audiences.

MET; ONGOING
Alignment campaign launched; includes quarterly wins messaging + monthly shoutouts, pending org responses.

Approve and publicly post a Race Equity & Inclusion Statement for CYPB and the New Orleans Youth Master Plan that demonstrates our shared commitment to an equity lens in our approach to collective impact.

Priority 2: PROMOTE POSITVE YOUTH NARRATIVEs
What We Said We Would Do

Develop a RFP process for uplifting the youth vision across multiple communities, with Youth Voice and leadership incorporated into process design.

Result

UNMET
Due to absence of funding

EVIDENCE-BASED DECISION-MAKING

Priority 3: strengthen our culture of data for purpose
What We Said We Would Do

Launch the Youth Master Plan Evaluation Plan + Revolutionary Researchers*

*Youth Participatory Action Research component of the evaluation plan

Result

MET
Work underway with UNO to execute Evaluation Plan, with TA from Community Science; Revolutionary Researchers Youth Leads finalized iterative research designs; Mentors joining Youth Leads in meetings consistently; recruitment underway for squad members.

Advocate for public and private investments in data infrastructure for youth-serving organizations

MET
Coordinated advocacy included in Big Easy Budget Deal; $600,000 to OYF in 2024 City Budget as seed for youth data infrastructure

Build and implement a practice of data sharing. Prioritize metrics across Youth Master Plan categories and clearly define requests for disaggregated (age, gender, race, class, etc.) and time-specific data to inform a shared understanding of issues, efforts, results, and opportunities for collective action.

UNMET; IN PROCESS
Linked to the forward movement of the YMP evaluation implementation

COLLABORATIVE ACTION

Priority 4: Further develop and use tools that demonstrate how efforts feed into a collective results story
What We Said We Would Do

Building on the logic model tool used by grantees of the Youth Master Plan Grants administered by United Way of Southeast Louisiana, invite buy-in from provider, philanthropy, and public sectors to participate in the use of shared tools and processes for monitoring and addressing efforts, gaps, and results.

Result

MET; ONGOING
United Way of Southeast Louisiana and Greater New Orleans Foundation are the two local funder who hold Youth Master Plan alignment as a requirement of grant application criteria.

Advance usability of data platforms where a data story can be held and told.

UNMET; IN PROCESS
Linked to the forward movement of the YMP evaluation implementation

Priority 5: Quorum + attendance
What We Said We Would Do

Attendance matters, as it informs our ability to move broadly informed actions/decisions forward that impact our children and youth. We continue our commitment to showing up. The challenge is to reach at least 70% of CYPB members meeting their required attendance percentage in 2023.

Result

MET
11 members or their designees attended at least 6 of the 9 standing meetings.

Hold consistent record of Youth Master Plan meeting attendance to inform baseline and targets for engagement across sectors.

UNMET; ANALYSIS IN PROCESS

INVESTMENT & SUSTAINABILITY

Priority 6: pursue strategic and sustainable financing
What We Said We Would Do

Hold operating plan that provides for dedicated capacity of CYPB and offers room for growth when more capacity is needed.

Result

MET; ONGOING
Black Men & Boys Table GNOFN Award for general operating; Extension offered through Kellogg; Hilton allowed for renewed grant application; United Way application for Backbone Infrastructure (3 years) pending.

Present to Children’s Cabinet to increase positionality for dedicated resource allocations to CYPBs in State budget.

MET
Executive Director presented twice in 2023 to Children’s Cabinet; Cabinet is stalled due to staffing capacities

Priority 7: Increase engagement with leaders who influence policy to identify alignment and advance youth master plan policy priorities
What We Said We Would Do

Organize around scheduling, message framing and outreach strategy for a conversation with the New Orleans Delegation.

Result

UNMET; IN PROCESS
Data hub could be strategy to yield data proposition

YOUTH & COMMUNITY WISDOM

Priority 8: demonstrate active inclusion of youth in thought partnership and decision-making on what well-being and safety in their communities looks like and how to achieve it.
What We Said We Would Do

Promote, support, and advance youth engagement and leadership opportunities that are youth-centered, relationship-based, and focused on co-creating solutions that advance goals.

Result

MET; ONGOING
CYPB youth leadership opportunities: Youth Advisory Board, Youth Voice Working Group, Revolutionary Researchers; Youth Advisory Board serving as Peer Coaches in support of buildout of Youth Advisory Council to Tulane Violence Prevention Institute’s Center for Youth Equity