How Can Underprivileged Kids and Teens Conquer Life Obstacles to Reach Success?

In the New Orleans, Louisiana there are many kids and teens that are hanging out on the streets and getting into trouble when school is not in session. After School programs are important for kids and teens to know about because they provide a safe environment for them to go to after school along with mentoring and paving a pathway to success.


“[Kids and teens need] love, nurturance, support, respect, stability, skills, positive relationships, access to opportunities and networks. “

-Melissa Sawyer, Co Founder of the Youth Empowerment Project in New Orleans

Increase in crime is common during the summer months in many cities because kids and teens are not in school and are not receiving the mentoring that they need. Learning about the importance of Afterschool programs can show kids and teens that they have a safe place to go to during the school year and during the summer months.

When asked about whether the juvenile crime has decreased in New Orleans because of Youth Empowerment Project:

“Yes.  I think sustained crime reduction requires a holistic approach that includes effective prevention, intervention and re-entry programs like those that YEP operates.”

-Melissa Sawyer, Co Founder of the Youth Empowerment Project in New Orleans

For now, I have listed after school programs in New Orleans to be in contact with in case I know of someone that it is in need of support. It is important to know about after school programs in your own city or town so that you can do the same for a person in need and make an impact on their life. It is time to make a change and prevent kids and teens from getting in trouble at a young age. Their brains continue to grow everyday and they are able to change their path of life through these programs.

List of Afterschool Programs in New Orleans, Louisiana

Youth Empowerment Project


1529 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard

New Orleans, LA 70113

171 Keller Street

Hahnville, LA 70057

1111 Newton Street

Algiers, LA 70114

College Track


2225 Congress St. Fl. 2

New Orleans, LA 70117

Community Works


Andrew H. Wilson Charter School

Mildred Osborne Charter School

ReNEW Accelerated High School

International School of Louisiana

ARISE Academy

Rise Academy

Kenner Discovery Health Sciences

Einstein Charter

826 New Orleans


1750 St. Bernard Avenue

New Orleans, LA 70116

Communities in Schools Gulf South

Main Location

3400 Bienville Street., Suite B

New Orleans, LA 70119

STAIR Nola: Start the Adventure in Reading


1545 State Street

New Orleans, LA 70118

NORD Commission

Phone Number

(504) 658-3052

Tulane University Upward Bound Program


7014 Plum Street

New Orleans, LA 70118

Success from the Afterschool Programs

Here are some statistics from Boston Universities research on the importance of mentorship programs:

55% more likely to enroll in college

52% less likely to skip school

37% less likely to skip class

78% more likely to volunteer regularly

90% interested in become a mentor themselves

130% more likely to hold leadership positions

Youth who had a mentor also showed a better attitude towards school.

Regular meetings between mentor and student saw that youth were:

46% less likely to use drugs

27% less likely to drink

81% more likely to participate in extracurricular activities

“Going through YEP helped me a lot in getting up the ladder and sticking to my dreams. It was a positive step forward.”

21 year old Ishman

I love working with my CIS Site Coordinator because she helps me so much. Every time I feel like dropping out of school, a talk with her makes me look at things different. If I didn’t have her at my school, I promise I would have left.”

11th grader Shanique
Watch this short video to view the impact

Questions and comments about the topic can be commented below

Works Cited

Halpern, Robert. “After-School Programs for Low-Income Children: Promise and Challenges.” The Future of Children, vol. 9, no. 2, 1999, pp. 81–95. JSTOR, Accessed 18 Apr. 2020.

Kelly, Kate. “6 Benefits of Afterschool Programs.” Understood,

Wu, Marissa. “The Importance of Youth Mentorship.” Boston University Community Service Center, 15 Mar. 2016,

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  1. April 24, 2020 by Ellen Cohen

    This is such important information. Well done!

  2. April 26, 2020 by Kelly

    Hey Emma!
    Your project is great! It was super interesting and well researched. As a fellow New Orleanian I feel that this topic is definitely important and should be talked about more often. I especially thought your statistics were helpful in recognizing the benefits of these programs. Overall really great job.

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