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


For more information contact Melanie Powers.

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