Our Work

Creating a Future Together (CrAFT)

Creating a Future Together (CrAFT) is a comprehensive, multi-pronged initiative funded by the Packard Foundation and Advocates for Youth 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 (CSE) using a dynamic, gender transformative curriculum in New Orleans middle schools with seventh grade students
  • Supporting reproductive justice coalitions in New Orleans by working with existing organizations at Historically Black Colleges/Universities (HBCUs)
  • Convening IWES’ Louisiana Youth For Truth (LYFT) leadership and advocacy group to advocate for comprehensive sexual health education in New Orleans schools



Do you remember your Sex Ed experience? What was it like? What did it cover? Did you see yourself reflected in the classroom? Depending on when and where you grow up, your Sex Ed experience can vary greatly. The lack of a comprehensive approach can leave many young people without an essential knowledge base, resulting in uninformed decision making. To showcase the range of experiences for youth in Louisiana, the LYFT Council presents #MySexEd: a series of images from youth describing their Sex Ed experiences. If you want to join the campaign, share your experience, or express your views to your legislators follow the links below!
Download a #MySexEd poster to participate in the campaign!
Express your views to your legislator


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