Community Impact

Nonprofits touch our lives every day, and the Community Impact series highlights their critical work and the difference they are making.

Each week, New Orleans-based producer Eve Abrams brings you the stories of diverse groups working across southeast Louisiana. You’ll hear directly from leaders and staff on the frontline of important issues, from dedicated volunteers and from the people whose lives have been improved by these nonprofits.

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In the new landscape of public education in New Orleans, many students crisscross the city each day to attend classes. But a new initiative is aimed at making the neighborhood school just down the street into a more accessible hub to find enrichment programs and other services.

Family members are often the first to notice signs of mental illness in a loved one, and in many cases they hold the key to unlocking treatment. One local nonprofit is helping them cope with the impact of mental illness on the whole family and showing them how to be better advocates for the long haul.

As film production work pours into Louisiana, a nonprofit media arts group is helping locals access jobs and cultivating a more robust local film community. 


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How music education, delivered by the region's professional orchestra, is helping young students tap their own creative potential.

How one local group is organizing LGBT youth as advocates for their own community.

A high school student shows up at her community center for homework help and a few years later she's an advocate for reforming her community's public schools. That's just the latest chapter for a nonprofit tapping the potential of young leaders in New Orleans East.


The national nonprofit Up2Us recently expanded to New Orleans, bringing more youth sports coaches and a mentoring program that gives students a boost that can extend far from the court or playing field.

As the area's greatly-increased Latino population settles in, a nonprofit aims to bridge divides of education, economic opportunity and political access in their new home.


Courtesy of YAYA

How one nonprofit is bringing the power of art, expression and mentoring to youth on the front lines of Louisiana's coastal land loss crisis.

Greater New Orleans Immunization Network

To tackle perilously-low rates of immunizations, a local initiative is bringing free vaccinations directly to neighborhoods and schools.

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