We equip youth with skills to compete in the safety & environmental restoration industries:
Team Happy Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in the Lower 9th Ward.
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Volunteered more than 45,000 service hours rebuilding homes in New Orleans with the help of 1,000 volunteers;

Provided 3,000 new THF books to children and families of limited resources; Mentored, coached, and sponsored middle school sports teams from 2009 to 2014.

Educated 4,000 kids at 50 schools through our signature Youth Preparedness Program;

Delivered 3,000 emergency blankets to regional shelters as well as hospitals in Haiti - where we sponsor a family.

The Mission and Purpose of Our Organization:

One Mission: Inspire The Next Generation of First Responders. Our Purpose is to advance Leadership Development through Family Literacy Programs. THF produces educational resources, award-winning mentoring programs and children’s literature as a framework to increase individual and community capacity. Our office of 3 and invaluable volunteers implement 6 program priorities:

  • 1. Donate new books to kids in-need.
  • 2. Train felons during job ready and civil rights workshops.
  • 3. Provide College Scholarships for foster youth annually in May.
  • 4. Mentor youth and help them prepare for Hurricane Season.
  • 5. Advocate for the restoration of Louisiana wetlands.
  • 6. Deliver humanitarian relief within distressed communities.

New Orleans Systemic Realities

Percentage of black males unemployed:
Percentage of black children living in poverty:
Foster youth that complete High School by 18:
Percentage of Juvenile Offenders who have problems reading:

Awards For Service, Sacrifice & 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 2nd grade classrooms. Our efforts have been recognized by the following:

  • Gambit Weekly 40 under 40
  • New Orleans Magazine People to Watch
  • Kiwanis Club Tommie Cotton Humanitarian of the Year
  • FEAM 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

A monetary gift to Team Happy Foundation is a direct investment in New Orleans youth.

Years of THF Operations
Orleans Parish Schools Visited
THF Books Donated Annually
Total Prison Workshops Since 2012

Browse Our Collection of Children’s Books!

Team Happy Foundation has published 4 children's books.
For every book you purchase - we donate an age-appropriate book to a child in need.

We equip young people of color with skills to compete in the safety & environmental industries.



Esquire Magazine Interview – Sept. 2015


#SafetyYear + Youth Safety Fest: 2015

  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. […]


Tulane Leadership Lecture: Children, Disasters & The Coastal Restoration Economy


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