The Mission & Purpose of Our Organization:
One Mission: Inspire The Next Generation of First Responders. Our purpose is to develop civic leadership through literacy programs. We create award-winning children’s books, educational curricula and mentoring initiatives that enhance individual and community capacity. Our team of invaluable volunteers implement the following priorities:
- 1. Donate new books to kids in-need.
- 2. Mentor youth and help them prepare for Hurricane Season.
- 3. Train inmates during job ready and civil rights workshops.
- 4. Advocate for the restoration of Louisiana wetlands.
- 5. Deliver humanitarian relief within distressed communities.
- 6. Provide annual technology scholarships to foster youth.
Awards For Community Service and Leadership:
1 in 3 Louisiana prisoners reads below a fifth-grade level. Among black men from New Orleans, 1 in 7 is either in prison, on parole or on probation. Research from the Center for Improvement of Early Reading Achievement states that "access to books is the most significant barrier to literacy development." Team Happy Foundation, in collaboration with community partners, is committed to learning from our work inside jail cells and inside middle school classrooms. Our efforts have been recognized by the following:
- Gambit News 40 under 40
- New Orleans Magazine People to Watch
- Kiwanis Club Humanitarian of the Year
- FEMA National Achievement Award Finalist
- W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Leadership Fellowship
- A Community Voice Hurricane Katrina Heroes Award
- Alliance For Good Government Civic Leader of the Year
- American History textbook: "Civics Today: Citizenship, Economics & You"
- 125th Anniversary American Red Cross Publication
- Esquire Magazine, BBC World News
- USA Today, The Louisiana Weekly
We equip young people of color with skills to compete in the safety & environmental industries.
From Spring 2015 to Spring 2016, Team Happy Foundation will continue its annual Youth Preparedness Program to equip youth with the necessary tools to better compete for future new-industry jobs. Working with our neighbors in Eastern New Orleans and the Lower Ninth Ward, we use teamwork to inspire the next generation of first responders. […]