NGO Funding Request


The recipient entity's full legal name:  LouisianaChildren.org

The recipient entity's physical address:
           1120 Government Street
Building I
Baton Rouge, LA 70802


The recipient entity's mailing address (if different):
           1120 Government Street
Building I
Baton Rouge, LA 70802


Type of Entity (for instance, a nonprofit corporation):  Non-Profit Corporation

If the entity is a corporation, list the names of the incorporators:
          David Benada
Tara Peltier
Jessica Elliott
Sandra Adams


The last four digits of the entity's taxpayer ID number:  5057

What is the dollar amount of the request?  $215,000

What type of request is this?  General Appropriation

Is this entity in good standing with the Secretary of State?  Yes

Provide the name of each member of the recipient entity's governing board and officers:
           Board of Directors:
Sandra Adams 6214 Esplanade Ave. BR, LA 70806
David Benada 5805 Torrence Lane Lake Charles, LA 70608
Robert Couvillon 125 S. Vermont Covington, LA 70433
Jessica Elliott 8119 Fitzgerald Dr. Denham Springs, LA 70706
Walter Fahr 1309 Stuart Ave. Baton Rouge, LA 70821
Neil Ferrari 14481 Old Hammon Hwy. Baton Rouge, LA  70815
Jacqueline Nash-Grant 2 Roosevelt Steptoe Drive  Baton Rouge, LA  70813
Benjamin Huxen 12033 Oakshire Ave. BR, LA 70810
Andrew Kolb 3027 Belle Cherie Ave. BR, LA 70820 
Latifey LaFleur 1028 Angelwood Circel Breaux Bridge, LA 70517
Tara Peltier 39552 Oak Lane Ponchatoula, LA 70454
Stephen Wright 7031 Walmsley Ave. N.O., LA 70125
Chief Executive Officer: Kathleen Stewart Richey 1659 S. Tamarix St.
Baton Rouge, LA
Project Coordinators: Carla Burgos 725 Lincoln Dr Shreveport, LA 71107
Stacey Terrio 1414 Greenoaks Baton Rouge LA 70815


Provide a summary of the project or program:
           LouisianaChildren.org focuses on the programs and services that provide opportunities for every Louisiana child to thrive. As the state association of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) programs, LouisianaChildren.org recognizes that an underserved population of children is the population of youth aging out of foster care. There are approximately 150 youth who "age out" of foster care each year by reaching their eighteenth birthday. It is well known that outcomes for youth who exit foster care without a permanent family are poor. At age 26, these youth experience more unemployment, lower incomes, more economic hardships, poorer health, and higher arrest rates than youth of the same age in the general population. There are many reasons why youth leaving foster care are unable to take over adult responsibilities: incomplete brain development; insufficient financial support; inadequate cultural readiness; unutilized self-sufficiency opportunities; inaccurate assumptions; inconsistent judicial oversight; deficient resources; and, unmet special needs. Research has indicated there are six key variables/outcomes linked to youth success:
· Financial self-sufficiency;
· Educational attainment;
· Connections with competent and caring adults throughout the entire transition process;
· Reductions in experiences with homelessness;
· Prevention of high-risk behaviors; and,
· Access to health care and insurance
LouisianaChildren.org proposes to develop and conduct a two-day conference for older foster care youth, age 16 and 17, to provide the youth with the resources and skills necessary for effective transition planning. The conference would feature workshops on financial literacy, educational opportunities including educational funding sources, housing resources, job readiness including job interview preparedness, as well as other speakers designed to assist this transitioning population. This youth conference would provide the older foster youth and their CASA volunteers and/or DCFS case managers the resources necessary to engage in effective transition planning to better prepare these young adults to succeed.


What is the budget relative to the project for which funding is requested?:
          Salaries. . . . . . . . . . . . . $24,125
          Professional Services. . . $10,000
          Contracts . . . . . . . . . . . $0
          Acquisitions . . . . . . . . . $0
          Major Repairs . . . . . . . $0
          Operating Services. . . . $0
          Other Charges. . . . . . . $180,875

Does your organization have any outstanding audit issues or findings?  No

If 'Yes' is your organization working with the appropriate governmental agencies to resolve those issues or findings?
          Not Applicable

What is the entity's public purpose, sought to be achieved through the use of state monies?
          "The mission of LouisianaChildren.org focuses on community supported solutions that rebuild hope and promise for Louisiana's children and families. Our goal is that every child in Louisiana has the opportunity to thrive, and our belief is the best way to achieve that goal is through community programs and involvement of individual citizens." In furtherance of this mission, LouisianaChildren.org proposes to utilize state funding to hold a youth conference focusing on the information and skills necessary for youth aging out of foster care to succeed. These public funds are an investment in the population of foster youth transitioning out of foster care.
The majority of the funding requested will be spent on mileage, lodging and per diem for meals, in accordance with state travel regulations, for approximately 300 foster youth, aged 16 and 17, as well as approximately 200 adults involved with the youth, either CASA volunteers or DCFS case managers. The two-day conference will focus on the facets of transition planning that will equip the foster youth and their advocates with the information and available resources to develop and implement effective transition plans. Additionally, the business community will be engaged to assist in preparing the foster youth to understand job applications, job interviewing and workplace expectations.


What are the goals and objectives for achieving such purpose?
          The Goal of the Transitioning Youth Conference is to provide transitioning youth the information and resources necessary to develop and implement effective transition plans in order to achieve success and avoid the negative outcomes documented for youth aging out of foster care. The specific objectives include:
1.) Provide older foster youth with information about educational opportunities and financing education.
2.) Provide older foster youth with training on financial literacy, i.e. banking, insurance, credit and implications of credit scores, tax responsibilities, etc.
3.) Provide older foster youth with information about housing resources.
4.) Provide older foster youth with job readiness skills, including information regarding the job application process, resume preparation, and appropriate job interview skills.
5.) Provide older foster youth and their adult advocates information and resources on developing a support network.


What is the proposed length of time estimated by the entity to accomplish the purpose?
           Six months in preparation; 2 day conference, 3 months in compiling results of conference

If any elected or appointed state official or an immediate family member of such an official is an officer, director, trustee, or employee of the recipient entity who receives compensation or holds any ownership interest therein:
     (a) If an elected or appointed state official, the name and address of the official and the office held by such person:
                 Not applicable
    
     (b) If an immediate family member of an elected or appointed state official, the name and address of such person; the name, address, and office of the official to whom the person is related; and the nature of the relationship:
                 Not applicable

     (c) The percentage of the official's or immediate family member's ownership interest in the recipient entity, if any:
                 Not applicable

     (d) The position, if any, held by the official or immediate family member in the recipient entity:
                  Not applicable

If the recipient entity has a contract with any elected or appointed state official or an immediate family member of such an official or with the state or any political subdivision of the state:
(a) If the contract is with an elected or appointed state official, provide the name and address of the official and the office held by such person: 
               Not applicable

(b) If the contract is with an immediate family member of an elected or appointed state official:
          Provide the name and address of such person:
               Not aplicable

          Provide the name, address, and office of the official to whom the person is related:
                Not applicable

          What is the nature of the relationship?  Not applicable

(c) If the contract is with the state or a political subdivision of the state, provide the name and address of the state entity or political subdivision of the state:
                 1.) Department of Children and Family Services 627 North 4th St. Baton Rouge, LA 70802
2.) Louisiana Governor's Office of Programs and Planning 1051 North 3rd Street, Suite 136 Baton Rouge, LA 70802
3.) Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement 602 North 5th St. Baton Rouge, LA 70802
4.) Louisiana Supreme Court 400 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130


(d) The nature of the contract, including a description of the goods or services provided or to be provided pursuant to the contract:
               1.) Pursuant to the Children's Justice Act funds administered by DCFS, LouisianaChildren.org provides training and technical assistance to 17 local CASA programs, coordination of the LGBTQ Task Force and provides coordination and support for the DCFS Training Academy
2.) Pursuant to a grant from the Children's Trust Fund, LouisianaChildren.org provides child abuse prevention training (D2L) statewide and hosts the Child Well-Being Summit.
3.) Pursuant to a grant of Victim of Crime Act funds, LouisianaChildren.org is organizing a state-wide recruitment of CASA volunteers
4.) Pursuant to a grant from the Louisiana Supreme Court, CASA Assistance Program, LouisianaChildren.org provides training and technical assistance to the 17 local CASA programs statewide, coordinates attendance of CASA volunteers and program staff at the Together We Can Conference, and serves as the liaison with National CASA



Contact Information
name:  Kathleen Stewart Richey 
                                       address:  1120 Government Street
Building I
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

                                       phone:  2259300305
                                       fax:  225 930-0306
                                       e-mail:  kathleen@louisianachildren.org
                                       relationship to entity:  CEO