The Fashion Institute of New Orleans (FINO)

A program that includes classes, workshops, and field trips that enhance students’ natural talent and provides training and business resources in the fashion and retail industries. The objective is to prepare high school students for higher education in fashion design and/or merchandising and inspire careers in this growing industry.

One Vision | One Voice

A program that introduces young people to the world of music. This is accomplished through exposing students to local musicians who allow their own works to be used as teaching tools. Using the musician’s works, students learn editing and enhancement techniques that result in a customized CD. Students are exposed to the inner workings of songwriting and production, the operation of recording studios and the important business development component of writing and producing music.

NOLA Youth Works Revitalization Initiative: Read Blvd

Thanks to the partnership with NOLA Youth Works, Home Depot and Lowes stores in New Orleans students beautified the corner of Read Blvd and the I-10 Service Road in Eastern New Orleans as part of their community beautification project.

Clean and Beautiful Program: Bullard Ave

TThe Clean and Beautiful program was designed to foster the continued revitalization and beautification of the Eastern New Orleans community. The program creates and maintains aesthetically pleasing thoroughfares through a partnership with New Orleans East residents, businesses, community leaders, and neighborhood associations.

Project Playground

This program expedited the recovery of the devastated community cornerstones in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Three Booster Clubs received generous donations that helped them maintain youth programs. The Sam Bonart, Goretti, and Kenilworth Booster Clubs received donations of more than $70,000 which included equipment and uniforms, as well as funds to make renovations and replace damaged concession stands.

“Let It Shine!” Gospel Extravaganza

Provided a platform for our children to support and enjoy one another in a diverse atmosphere of healthy competition, while bringing vital resources to school music programs; and celebrating the artistic virtues of a genre of music that was birthed in our unique American culture! "Let It Shine!" highlighted each school’s musical artistry in a three round sing off featuring various forms of gospel music. Winning school choirs received funds to purchase choral uniforms; stipends for school music programs; and trophies.

Protect Our Police (POP Initiative)

POP provided support to the men and women in uniform who make the streets of Eastern New Orleans and the Lower Ninth Ward safe. The first resources of this program were dedicated to the acquisition of body armor officers. In addition, sorely needed office equipment was purchased for the district’s two precincts to assist in the return to normalcy in day-to-day operations.

Welcome Home Seniors

Welcome Home Seniors helped ease the strain on those who may live on fixed incomes and have trouble affording necessities such as food and medication. Through the Welcome Home Program, qualified seniors received food and medication assistance and were gifted household items.

Future Entrepreneurs Business Summit

This program introduced high school juniors and/or seniors to the unlimited world of entrepreneurship. They were exposed to the essentials needed to succeed in the business world including Design Strategies, Creating a Business Plan, Credit / Capital Management, Marketing, Business Ownership, and the Law.