In That Number

The Collective for Healthy Communities (CHC) is a W.K. Kellogg Foundation funded program of the Institute of Women & Ethnic Studies that seeks to provide community-level approaches to individual and collective recovery, resiliency, and healing of vulnerable youth and their families. In partnership with our Believe in Youth - Louisiana (BY-LA) program, in 2012 we designed and began implementing an Emotional Wellness Survey (EWS) with BY-LA program participants in the Greater New Orleans area (see below). The high levels of reported mental health symptoms and exposure to violence among youth was so disturbing it prompted us to think about a way to improve these statistics.

In 2014 we decided to create a city-wide public awareness campaign about emotional wellness and opportunities for New Orleans youth, the result is -

In That Number.

The campaign strives to change negative perceptions of youth and advocate for the need for trauma-informed care (TIC) services for them. Instead of viewing youth with behavioral issues as "bad," this campaign challenges adults throughout the city to see them as possibly "sad" and in need of emotional health services. Similarly, In That Number supports efforts to undo the school-to-prison pipeline and excessive school suspensions. Instead, ITN promotes restorative and transformative justice.

During the Winter & Fall of 2015, we interviewed youth from various backgrounds throughout the city of New Orleans. The youths' stories were transcribed and compiled into the narratives in our "Who's In That Number" section.

Names have been changed.

Faces are not shown.

We worked hard to stick to their words as closely as possible. We've also provided statistics from our EWS and outside sources that pair with each story.

The goal of sharing these stories and information is for you to be placed in the experiences many youth endure. Imagine what it was like just to be present. Ultimately,


If you want to do more than just adjust attitudes, we've provided some resources from outside entities and partners so that you can get involved in the work to

see ALL YOUTH through a compassionate lens.

Influenced by the dearth of services being provided, since 2012 IWES' Believe in Youth - Louisiana (BY-LA) program has conducted the Emotional Wellness Survey. The survey was designed to assess symptoms of poor mental health including depression, PTSD, and suicidality, as well as exposure to violence and worries about basic needs. Though data collection is ongoing, you can download our Emotional Wellness Survey Report here for data collected between 2012 and 2015 (n=1221) with participants aged 10-16.


Institute Of Women & Ethnic Studies (IWES)

Founded in 1993, IWES is a national, non-profit public health organization that creates initiatives to heal communities. Through community-driven research programs, training, advocacy and partnerships, IWES helps to build emotional and physical well-being, resilience, and capacity among women, their families, and communities of color, especially those whom are disadvantaged.