Offerings

NOYA Youth Leadership Fellowship

The New Orleans Youth Alliance (NOYA) Youth Leadership Fellowship prepares young people between the ages of 17-24 to assume leadership roles in the design and decision-making phases of systems, programs and initiatives impacting youth and their families in New Orleans. If you are interested in addressing issues impacting your community including educational equity, economic equity, affordable housing, and criminal justice reform, the NOYA Youth Leadership Fellowship will help youth develop the essential skills and knowledge needed to enact social change. For more information, click here.

 

New Orleans Youth Program Quality Initiative (NOLA-YPQI)

The Youth Program Quality Initiative (YPQI) was launched in 2015 to establish a system that would raise the bar for quality in out-of-school-time programs in New Orleans and produce better developmental outcomes for children and youth for years to come. YPQI is based on the David P. Weikart Center for Program Quality’s youth program quality intervention, which has been adopted by more than 4,000 programs in 41 states. This model draws on the latest research on youth program quality to assist program staff in assessing the quality of their programs, planning for improvement, and participating in coaching and professional development experiences that help them institute measurable quality improvements.

Each organization that participates in the ten-month YPQI cohort receives the following supports:

  • Two external assessments of the instructional quality of their programming;

  • Unlimited staff access to a series of ten professional development workshops for instructional staff to adopt best practices in quality youth development;

  • More than 20 hours of direct training in establishing quality improvement practices as an organization;

  • At least twenty hours of coaching for continuous quality improvement over the course of a school year;

  • Assistance in setting quality improvement goals;

  • Access to a peer learning community

  • Access to an online database that tracks quality assessment data and progress on quality improvement plans developed by the organization’s staff; and

  • A variable grant to support quality improvement efforts

Applications for our fifth cohort will be available in the spring of 2019.
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Convening and Networking

  • Communities of Practice

    • YPQI Team Leaders

    • YPQI Coaches

    • YPQI Methods Trainers

    • Executive Directors

 

Resource Development

NOYA aims to help shape a vision and framework that defines the field; developing assessment tools, training curricula, and other materials and making them broadly available; and brokering access to resources, including funding, technical assistance, and training.

Read more about our resources.

 

Training and Technical Assistance

Besides offering NOLA-YPQI Methods Trainings, NOYA offers technical assistance and professional development on topics including racial equity, youth-participatory assessment, trauma-informed youth development, culturally responsive youth development, and other related supports.

 

Policy and Advocacy

NOYA works to represent the contributions and needs of youth and youth development organizations to government, private funders, and others on issues including funding, policy and legislation. Some of NOYA’s current policy initiatives include supporting New Orleans Children and Youth Planning Board’s Youth Master Plan and increasing public investment in youth development organizations.

  • Youth Intermediaries Roundtable

    • The Youth Intermediaries Roundtable provides a platform for youth intermediaries in the GNO area to develop a shared policy and advocacy agenda that reflects the needs and issues impacting our constituents in their work to improve outcomes for children and youth. The Roundtable also works to inform investments of the philanthropic community in organizations that directly impact children and youth. The members of the Roundtable also engage in shared learning processes to improve or work as intermediaries and work to better coordinate and align our efforts.

 

Information

To learn more about youth development organizations in the New Orleans area, contact NOYA.