There can be no better investment in the city’s future than our children, and our families are the backbone of our city. LaToya has been in the trenches for youth and families for her entire career as a public servant.
As Mayor, LaToya will work to connect our youth and families to services and opportunities that will increase their quality of life today and tomorrow.
“Our future depends on our investment in youth.” As Mayor, LaToya will:
- Create an Office of Youth and Families that will coordinate City services such as NORDC, libraries, private sports leagues, health clinics and arts and cultural programs. This office will work with schools and other educational institutions.
- Work with the Orleans Parish School Board to ensure equity as we move toward a Unified Public School System. While the Mayor’s office doesn’t directly oversee or fund public education, the office can serve as a connector and facilitator between the public and private entities invested in education and youth.
- Ensure case management opportunities to help families in crisis.
In addition, LaToya will:
- Support affordability and economic development. As a Councilmember, LaToya has advocated for and created more affordable housing so New Orleans can be a more affordable place to live. Affordable housing and economic development are of high concern to families with youth and children, and are central parts of LaToya’s overall policy platform. See those pages for more!
- Improve and sustain quality of life in the city. For all our residents, including youth and families, LaToya’s platform focuses on public safety, pumps and drainage, and city infrastructure. See those pages for more!
LaToya’s Track Record for Youth and Families
- As a neighborhood leader, LaToya:
- Helped to secure $30M in state, local, and federal dollars to rebuild Andrew H. Wilson School after the storm.
- Rebuilt and improved the Rosa F. Keller Library and Community Center, the only one of its kind in the City.
- Helped to bring about a neighborhood cultural corridor, including a Fine Arts and Wellness Center. Institutions in the corridor provide diverse programming for youth and families, from language classes to computer classes, and from youth dance instruction to senior arts and crafts.
- As Councilmember, LaToya:
- Discovered $10 million in funding for public education that hadn’t been spent and redirected it to the public school system.
- Authored and passed the smoke-free ordinance, which protects the health and lives of many young people working in local bars and casinos.
- Helped establish the low-barrier homeless shelter to provide onsite services for the root causes of homelessness including mental health services, addiction services, and primary health care services. This shelter serves many of our most high need residents, including youth and families.