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(HTP) is IWES’ multi-facetted high impact prevention program. This program consists of five key program components: Targeted HIV Testing, Linkage to Care (ARTAS), Community PROMISE (PROMISE), Program Promotion, Outreach and Recruitment (PAUSE) and Condom Distribution. The HTP program is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to reduce HIV stigma and encourage African American and Latinx individuals, ages 13-39 in the Greater New Orleans area and beyond to access HIV testing services and care. HTP aligns with the CDC’s Community High Impact Prevention (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. HTP has a strong social media and community presence through its PROMISE program, a community level intervention that utilizes peer advocates and role model stories to convey risk reduction messages, and Peer Advocates Undoing Stigma through Education (PAUSE), a multi-pronged social marketing campaign. Currently, IWES offers both community and venue based HIV testing. Through our community partnerships, free HIV testing is provided on site, as well as in public venues. Currently, ongoing testing occurs at the following locations:

  • Walgreens
    3216 Gentilly Blvd.
    every Tuesday from 2:00pm-6:00pm
  • Walgreens
    1100 Elysian Fields(@ St Claude)
    every Thursday from 2:00pm-6:00pm
  • Liberty’s Kitchen
    300 N. Broad St
    once a month with each new youth trainee cohort
  • Orleans Parish Juvenile Justice Center Court
    421 Loyola Ave.
    once a month with the various divergent program participants
  • Harry Tompson Day Center
    1803 Gravier St.
    every 1st and 3rd Tuesday from 10:00am-noon


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