Navigate NOLA is the social and emotional community wellness division of DSCEJ Inc. The division takes an asset based approach to cultivating an environment where New Orleans youth can thrive. We utilize existing strengths in the New Orleans community to create sustainable positive youth development programming. Our programming seeks to meet the needs of young people across the various levels of the socio-ecological model (the individual level, the interpersonal level, the community level and the policy/societal level).
The core facets of the division are as follows: Navigate Her Documentary, Navigate Him Documentary, The Navigate Her Leadership Institute, and The High-School HBCU Climate Change Initiative. Through these facets, innovative strategies are utilized to promote leadership, civic engagement, social-emotional intelligence, and to enhance the social support systems of our most vulnerable youth. In addition to our core facets, we offer individualized interventions that are tailored to meet the specific needs of subpopulations within schools and/or youth serving community based organizations.
Navigate NOLA has worked across 10 public schools in the New Orleans area and served approximately 200 children through some iteration of our youth programming.
Our Youth Programming
SEW NOLA – Social & Emotional Wellness NOLA
The SEW NOLA project is a social and emotional learning program that seeks to address disparities that exist for low income minority youth, growing up in the post-disaster recovery environment of New Orleans. The SEW NOLA project addresses these disparities by providing school aged youth (pre-kindergarten (4) - 6th grade) with the following skills:
- relaxation techniques and meditation,
- emotional regulation, and
- social facility (the way individuals manage relationships, interact and show caring).
Collectively, by cultivating these skills, SEW NOLA aims to improve school behavior, enhance interpersonal relationships and to address disparities in academic achievement with the overall goal of cultivating the underpinnings of successful outcomes for low income, minority youth. The project has been implemented at 2 schools in the Central City neighborhood of New Orleans.
Navigate Her Leadership InstituteThe Navigate Her Leadership Institute (NHLI) is a youth program that falls under the Navigate NOLA division. NHLI is an African-American Female Youth Leadership Training Academy that aims address the challenges that girls of color are confronted with at the intersection of race, class and gender. The 7 month long, school based program is comprised of weekly listening sessions facilitated by a licensed clinical social worker, socio-cultural activities and intergenerational workshops and panels.
The goal of the youth leadership academy is to:
- to promote the positive portrayal of African-American Women,
- to provide African-American girls with positive adult role models, and
- to facilitate the engagement of African-American women cultivating the leadership of African-American adolescent girls. NHLI has been implemented across 3 cohorts at 2 public high-schools in New Orleans.