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Isaiah 43 Parenting and Mentoring Program

“I have called you by name and you are mine… you are precious in my eyes and I love you” -Isaiah 43

Isaiah 43 is a parenting and mentoring program created in partnership with the Archdiocese of New Orleans. The program is rooted in Judeo-Christian values and teachings with a mission of strengthening and supporting families to bring about a change in the culture of our society. Isaiah 43 empowers parents and youth to be active in promoting peace in their neighborhoods and to live by the values of love, peace, and forgiveness.  The program engages youth and parents to encourage peaceful conflict resolution, skillful communication, constructive discipline, forgiveness, and leadership development.

Isaiah 43’s parenting program provides support to parents of 4-13 year olds by helping parents to enhance their parenting skills and providing an opportunity for parents to fellowship with each other.

Our mentoring program targets youth ages 10-18 and connects them with a caring role model. Isaiah 43 utilizes proven methods to work toward a culture that respects human life and teaches each person to respect him or herself and treat others with dignity.

 


Mentoring

Isaiah 43’s mentoring program engages youth ages 10-18 in a yearlong one-on-one relationship with a caring adult.

Based on national best practices, the mentoring program will help address the emotional and spiritual needs of young people by giving them a safe and supportive environment for positive development to occur. Over 12 months, mentees will meet with their mentors about 4 hours each month in both group and individual settings.

Group activities throughout the year will focus on building community, strengthening relationships, exploring relevant issues, and reinforcing Christian values.

One-on-one activities throughout the year will allow the mentee and mentor to develop a relationship, share new experiences and have fun together.

Mentors must be 25 years old, successfully complete mentor training and screening, and able to commit one year to the program.

Isaiah 43 programming is located at church parishes and other sites across the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Please contact us for more information.

 


Supporting Parents

Fellowship workshops for parents of 4-13 year olds provide a non-threatening environment for parents to share and learn from each other, building a network of support.  Workshops are rooted in faith and prayer, and incorporate Judeo-Christian scriptural teachings as they address critical parenting issues.

Workshops are also based on building respect and cooperation among family members. Participants will explore strategies to enhance parenting skills by using encouragement, effective discipline techniques and creating a relationship based on active listening, open communication and problem solving.  Additionally, workshops also help parents, in particular parents with special needs children, learn how to advocate to ensure their children are being treated equitably in their schools and are supported throughout childhood.

Themes include:

Traditional and non-traditional parents, grandparent caregivers and anyone else helping to raise a child are welcome. Isaiah 43 programming is located at church parishes and other sites across the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Please contact us for more information.

 


Young Peacemakers Leadership Council

The Young Peacemakers Leadership Council (YPLC) was created for youth and adults ages 16-25 to foster continued leadership and development.  YPLC focuses on advocacy and civic engagement in order to help youth learn about how to advocate for themselves and work with public officials to foster equitable communities for all.

Members meet monthly to discuss community issues, receive advocacy training, and plan activities to apply their newly learned skills.

 


Peace Prayer Walks

In collaboration with the Archdiocese of New Orleans’ Office of Racial Harmony, Isaiah 43 hosts monthly peace prayer walks.  The walks are held in neighborhoods throughout New Orleans in response to community members looking for opportunities to be active in promoting peace, forgiveness, and love in all neighborhoods.

Peace walks are held on the last Tuesday of every month at 6 PM. Upcoming dates are:

 

Tuesday, August 30th Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish (1835 St. Roch Ave)
Tuesday, September 27th St. Katharine Drexel Parish (2015 Louisiana Ave)
Tuesday, October 25th Transfiguration Parish (2212 Prentiss Ave)
Tuesday, November 29th St. Philip Neri Parish (6500 Kawanee Ave)
Tuesday, December 27th Our Lady of Prompt Succor Parish (146 Fourth St)

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Community Development

Isaiah 43 is helping to cultivate leadership skills in the people we serve as well as other community members interested in making a difference in their community. Our goal is to help churches determine the best way to be engaged in Isaiah 43 as well as foster leadership skills in those individuals interested in helping to lead the program at their church.

For those churches that decide to implement parenting support and/or mentoring services, this component helps them to build their capacity to eventually lead and operate the program on their own. We work with churches to develop an Isaiah 43 steering committee at each site which serves as the leadership body to develop and implement their program.

By training and building the capacity of community members, Isaiah 43 increases its reach, and builds resources within the community so that the program can be sustained.

 


Peace League of New Orleans

This collaborative program uses basketball as a means to help young men and women develop positive relationships and life skills, as well as to help them become leaders and peacemakers in the community.  Each year, an event is held which includes panel discussions and culminates in a community basketball tournament.  The program is committed to providing young men and women a safe space to play basketball and learn skills to help them reach their potential in life.

 

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