Our Work

Believe in Youth – Louisiana (BY-LA)

Believe in Youth – Louisiana (BY-LA) is a teen pregnancy prevention program funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Adolescent Health. Working with youth aged 11–19, BY-LA utilizes the evidence-based curricula, Making Proud Choices! (MPC!), as well as five additional modules focusing on emotional coping skills to manage stress. BY-LA prioritizes quality program delivery, providing safe spaces for LGBTQ participants, incorporating positive youth development practices, and institutionalizing a trauma-informed approach. The program aims to reach youth with multiple interventions over the course of their adolescence. BY-LA strives to empower youth to change their behavior to reduce their risk of becoming infected with HIV/AIDS and other STIs, and significantly decrease their chances of unintended pregnancies.

BY-LA incorporates parent-youth interviews, newsletters, and surveys in order to facilitate open communication between parents and teens about sexual health, healthy relationships, and positive decision making. Youth, parent and community advisory groups inform all aspects of programing. BY-LA can be implemented in various settings (e.g., middle schools, high schools, camps, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, and after school programs) and is implemented by trained health educators.

For more information, or if you’d like BY-LA to implement at your school or organization, contact Briana White.

HIV Testing and Prevention Program

The HIV Testing and Prevention Program is IWES’ HIV testing program and Peer Advocates Undoing Stigma through Education (PAUSE) is the multi-pronged social marketing campaign used for CHIP. The program is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to reduce HIV stigma and encourage African American and Latino youth ages 13-29 in New Orleans to access HIV testing services. PAUSE aligns with the CDC’s CHIP model, which aims to identify newly and previously diagnosed HIV positive individuals and assist them in accessing medical care and support services, ultimately reducing the rate of transmission by lowering the community viral load.

Currently, IWES offers ongoing testing at the following locations:

  • Walgreens
    145 Elk Place
    every 1st and 3rd Monday from 2:00-6:00 pm
  • Walgreens
    1826 N. Broad St.
    every 2nd and 4th Tuesday from 3:00-7:00 pm
  • Walgreens
    1100 Elysian Fields
    every Thursday from 3:00-7:00 pm
  • The Page Bar
    542 N. Rampart St.
    every other Friday (alternating w/ testing by The Movement)
  • Liberty’s Kitchen
    300 N. Broad St
    once a month with each new youth trainee cohort
  • Youth Empowerment Project
    1604 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
    once a month with each new youth trainee cohort
  • Orleans Parish Juvenile Court (GROWW Program)
    421 Loyola Ave.
    once a month with each new girls’ group
  • Harry Tompson Center
    1803 Gravier St.
    every 1st and 3rd Tuesday from 10:00 am-noon


For more information, or if you have an event at which you would like us to conduct outreach/testing, contact Michael Chancley.