The Greater New Orleans Foundation recently awarded a grant in the amount of $34,500 to the 25th Judicial District Court (JDC), Division B and the Department of Youth and Family Services (DYFS) designated for the purchase of a van to transport at-risk youth residing in Plaquemines Parish to various pro-social and constructive after school and summer activities. The grant was provided through the Plaquemines Community Foundation, Rebuild Plaquemines Fund.
The Greater New Orleans Foundation shares the mission of Judge Michael Clement in supporting positive youth development. In fact, two missions of the Greater New Orleans Foundation are to “increase capacity and effectiveness of nonprofits working with parents, families and neighborhoods” and to “ensure that youth-oriented organizations deliver high-quality programs, activities, opportunities and services.” The grant donation will undoubtedly increase DYFS’s effectiveness and delivery of services.
Shortly after taking office in January 2012, Judge Clement and his administration recognized and identified a need for transportation for Plaquemines Parish youth in various areas of the parish, especially on the East Bank and lower-end, for access to after school and recreational activities beneficial to healthy childhood development. Over the past 2 years, through strong relationships built with various community partners such as those who form the United Way Leadership Council and tireless pursuit to find a solution, Judge Clement and his administration met with members of the Greater New Orleans Foundation, applied for a grant to meet the transportation need and ultimately received almost $35,000 for those efforts.
Judge Michael Clement and DYFS are so very thankful for the partnership with the Greater New Orleans Foundation and their generosity. This van will positively impact Plaquemines Parish communities for years to come.
Pictured from left to right: Judge Michael D. Clement, Judge 25th JDC, Division B; Ernie Davis, DYFS Probation Officer; Cole Sisung, DYFS Administrator; Kevin Riley, DYFS Probation Officer; Ruby Smith, DYFS Probation Officer; Monica Wertz, United Way Leadership Team and Danica Ansardi, Greater New Orleans Foundation.