Our Work

Creating a Future Together (CrAFT)

Creating a Future Together (CrAFT) is a comprehensive, multi-pronged initiative funded by the Packard Foundation and the Grove Foundation that focuses on addressing gaps and shifting policy in sexual and reproductive health in New Orleans. The CrAFT project focuses on the following areas:

  • Implementing comprehensive sexual health education using a dynamic, gender-transformative curriculum in New Orleans middle and high schools
  • Supporting statewide advocacy to advance access to comprehensive sexual health education through work with regional and national coalitions, politicians, community stakeholders, and youth
  • Conducting research to gain a deeper contextual understanding of Louisiana parents’ support for comprehensive sexual health education
  • Strengthening schools’ capacity to institutionalize sexual health education through training and technical support


For more information contact Steffani Bangel.

Creating Our Own Lens (COOL)

Funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Creating Our Own Lens (COOL) program is a 15-month long internship and job placement program for young men of color in New Orleans. COOL utilizes a trauma-informed model which combines technical skills and job training with emotional wellness, healing and stress management. The program is designed to build educational and career momentum among youth of color and increase their ability to manage social and emotional needs. Through a partnership with the New Orleans Video Arts Center (NOVAC) and the City’s Office of Cultural Economy, the COOL program provides extensive training and job placement assistance for interns in the film industry. Additionally, interns support IWES’ In That Number campaign designed to reframe narratives about youth who have experienced trauma.

For more information contact Shelbi Gatlin