To complement its in-school programming and improve youth access to the arts on a larger scale, KID smART recently co-founded and/or joined three city-wide projects involving a wide cross-section of local stakeholders.

New Orleans Arts Education Alliance

New Orleans Arts Education Alliance is creating partnerships across cultures, communities and classrooms to ensure that every K-8 student receives abundant and resource-rich arts learning experiences connected to New Orleans cultures. The initiative models best practices resulting in confident, creative young people with a passion for life and learning.

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Youth Program Quality Initiative (YPQI)

Students deserve the best quality education both in and out of school time. The Youth Program Quality Initiative (YPQI) is in use throughout the country, providing training, data and reflective practices to adults working with children to ensure that quality is central to the work. Spearheaded by the Baptist Community Ministries, YPQI is changing services for youth for the better – increasing student safety, engagement and voice.

KID smART is proud to be a part of this community-wide initiative to provide continuous quality improvement for services for students. For more information about the YPQI process and the 15 organizations piloting the work in New Orleans, click here.


YouthShift is a movement of people who are committed to improving outcomes for children and youth in New Orleans. Leaders from nonprofit and government agencies who work with children and youth every day have committed to working together and proposed ways their programs and organizations can ensure every young person in New Orleans thrives. Together, we envision a flourishing New Orleans in which all young people, their families and communities are happy, healthy, secure and empowered.