About Us

Our Story

New Pathways New Orleans was founded in 2016 by Jay Altman and the board, after the Louisiana Department of Education convened a series of meetings with school leaders to better understand the most significant challenges impeding the success of children in New Orleans. The meetings revealed a need for more effective collaboration across a variety of sectors to address these challenges. New Pathways was founded to create city wide clarity, add capacity to youth serving organizations and catalyze effective change in pursuit of solutions. New Pathways New Orleans was founded just as its name suggests – to create new pathways for youth with significant needs.

Our Work

Our work is focused on aligning and connecting education, healthcare, government and social services providers. We bring stakeholders together to better understand the challenges that face underserved youth and to work towards effective change. We serve as a resource to organizations and system actors to create greater efficiency, avoid duplication of efforts and take steps toward creating sustainable solutions.

Our Principles

Early 2016

Louisiana State Superintendent of Education John White convened a series of meetings with school leaders to better understand the most significant challenges impeding the success…

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September 2016

NPNO was incorporated as a Louisiana 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

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November 2017

Peggy Mendoza was hired as founding Chief Executive Officer.

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January 2018

NPNO began developing a strategic plan to fulfill its mission.

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February 2018

More than 40 stakeholders across multiple sectors (education, health, mental health, juvenile justice, community partners, philanthropy and youth development) were interviewed to identify gaps and…

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March 2018

NPNO began engaging three topical advisory groups (special education, mental and behavioral health and juvenile justice), a parent group and a student group to inform…

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July 2018

NPNO staff was hired: Ava Rogers as Director of Strategic Partnerships, Jennifer Coco as Director of Policy & Advocacy, and Laura Romanosky as Director of…

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July 2018

NPNO began planning for the Special Education Consortium (SpEC) with partners from NOLA Public Schools, Center for Resilience (CfR), Special Education Leader Fellowship (SELF), New…

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August 2018

NPNO Board of Directors approved the strategic plan, identifying the outcomes, strategies and deliverables to advance three priority areas for New Orleans youth: special education,…

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October 2018

At the behest of Children’s Hospital New Orleans, NPNO engaged school, community-based, and governmental stakeholders to assess how CHNOLA might best support and partner with…

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November 2018

NPNO began work on a Special Education specialized program catalogue & gap analysis in Orleans Parish in order to lay the foundation of an action…

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May 2019

NPNO partnered with multiple youth serving organizations for the “Juvenile Justice Project: Youth Voices 2019” to identify the youth perspective on juvenile crime.

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June 2019

Memorandums of Understanding were signed by partners for the Special Education Consortium (SpEC). SpEC is a consortium of non-profit organizations and government entities that collectively…

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June 2019

After consulting officials representing over 20,000 students and seating an inclusive steering committee charged with vetting Mental & Behavioral Health project ideas, NPNO identified the…

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August 2019

NPNO presented their “Juvenile Justice Project: Youth Voices 2019” findings to the New Orleans City Council.

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September 2019

As part of the pilot, Children’s Hospital New Orleans hired a health leader to support pilot schools. School partners include: Langston Hughes Academy, Mildrid Osborne…

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Our Partners

NOLA Public Schools       Center for Resilience New Orleans Louisiana Center for Children's Rights

 

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