About Us

The mission of NOKP is to expand access to high quality services for children, youth and families in Greater New Orleans through collective impact.

WHO WE ARE

New Orleans Kids Partnership is a voluntary collaboration of 40+ partner organizations that utilize the tenets of collective impact in order to realize a shared vision for children and youth in New Orleans. This means that partner organizations, including leaders from non-profit, government, education and research sectors convene to share resources, build networks and complete collaborative projects that align with the shared NOKP mission and vision.

As a backbone organization, NOKP also has a centralized infrastructure and dedicated staff to manage systems and facilitate continued communication. Additionally, NOKP uses the Five Promises, a proven framework for anticipating and meeting the needs of children in order to reach adult success. This framework, created by America’s Promise Alliance, acts as a foundation for all collaborative projects and sets a standard for providing quality services for children and youth in New Orleans.

NOKP does not run programs that directly serve children, youth and families. Instead, it pursues strategies that expand access, improve quality, and support the collective impact of organizations that serve children, youth and families. NOKP will do this through four main categories of work: Professional Development, Backbone Supports, Core Projects, and Partner Projects.

HOW NOKP WORKS

NOKP is a permanent voluntary collaborative of non-profit organizations incorporated in the State of Louisiana. Rooted in a commitment to high quality youth support services, the NOKP Structure outlines how we operate and our core strategies. NOKP welcomes all non-profit organizations in Greater New Orleans that focus on serving children and youth. NOKP reserves the right to limit the number of partners based upon staff capacity. If you are interested in joining NOKP, please contact us today!

FIVE PROMISES FRAMEWORK

Working with an international team of researchers and research institutes, America’s Promise Alliance conducted a historic review of the youth development literature and data to identify those key developmental resources that all children, regardless of their race, class or gender, need in order to thrive. The results are the Five Promises. Children who receive at least four of the Five Promises are much more likely than those who experience only one or zero Promises to succeed academically, socially and civically. They are more likely to avoid violence, contribute to their communities and achieve high grades in school. Receiving at least four of the Five Promises also appears to mitigate gaps across racial and economic boundaries. To experience the full power of the Promises, young people must experience these critical supports throughout their lives — in their families, at schools and out in their communities:

1. Caring Adults

Caring adults are the centerpieces of children’s development. They serve as guides, caretakers and advisers, who give positive and productive guidance throughout their development.

2. Safe Places

To develop intellectually and emotionally, young people need physical and psychological safety at home, at school and in the community. Without such “safe places” – environments that support and encourage inquiry, exploration, and play without fear of harm – children aren’t able to get support, form positive relationships and concentrate on school.

3. A Healthy Start

Children grow and learn better when they are born healthy and practice healthy habits throughout childhood, including proper nutrition and exercise, and have access to high quality learning opportunities. Healthy and well-nourished children are more able to develop their minds and bodies as they should, and they are far more capable of concentrating, learning and thriving throughout their school years.

4. Effective Education

Our increasingly knowledge-driven world demands people who have the education and skills to thrive in a competitive marketplace, and to understand the increasingly complex world in which they live. That means that in order to compete and succeed, all young people will need an effective education that prepares them for work and life.

5. Opportunities to Help Others

Through service to others and community, young Americans develop the character and competence they need to be helpful, hopeful and civically engaged all their lives, regardless of their own life circumstances. The chance to give back teaches young people the value of service to others, the meaning of community, and the self-respect that comes from knowing that one has a contribution to make in the world.