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Join our network of changemakers.


Your contribution will support programming that promotes resilience among youth experiencing
poverty and violence.


Celebrations with NOWCS

Decorations, snacks, and activities for a holiday party add up to about $150. Birthday cake and presents add up to about $75.

Enrichment Programs with CANO

Costs for activity materials add up to about $150 for each program. We aim to host a themed learning opportunity at least 4 times each semester.

Room Sponsorship at NOWCS

The cost of one furnished room begins at $3,500. Thanks to generous contributions, we were able to donate two rooms to NOWCS last year.

Programming at Tulane

Basketball Games

Last year we hosted 40 students from the Youth Empowerment Project to a Tulane men's basketball game. Each ticket costs $3, bringing out total for tickets to $120. The food provided for our attendees costs another $500.

Football Games

Hosting students from YEP to a football game includes 50 tickets at $5 in our private section and 50 tickets at $10 each for general seating. Another $750 goes towards catering the event and $200 covers transportation for our partners to and from campus.


A booth at the New Orleans Bookfest includes purchasing books by a featured author to give away to attendees. Our booth also provides activities for attendees of the festival. The total for this programming costs $500.


Thanksgiving Drive & Field Day

Thanks to the Keefe Family Foundation, we are able to host an annual Thanksgiving food drive for YEP and NOWCS families and a festival each spring for youth around our community. If you are interested in supporting Strong City with a grant, please reach out to us at

Since its establishment in 2015 as a 501(c)(3) foundation to support gun violence research, Strong City has grown to flourish as a student-run non-profit organization with programming on campus and throughout New Orleans. 

With over 300 student members and 5 incredible community partner organizations, Strong City empowers college students to make positive change in the community.

We rely on charitable donations to keep working towards our mission of combatting deep-rooted cycles of poverty and violence.

What does Strong City mean to you?

Here's what our student leaders have to say:

Kamryn Pickard

Recent Tulane graduate with a B.S. in Public Health, from New Jersey

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"Strong City has truly defined my time at Tulane, connecting students with meaningful community work in New Orleans aimed at ending cycles of violence and poverty among local youth. As Program Coordinator, I formed genuine bonds with our partners like the Youth Empowerment Project and the New Orleans Women & Children's Center, even becoming friends with individuals like Miss Coleman from NOWCS. Our team's dedication led to rapid growth, including a new partnership with CANO charter schools. This experience provided hands-on professional growth while breaking out of the 'Tulane bubble' in a fulfilling and enjoyable way."

Comments from our Community Partners:

Meet Sidney Coleman, Executive Assistant at the New Orleans Women and Children's Shelter:

“Since its inception, Strong City has generously supported Youth Empowerment Project. Over the last several years, Strong City has donated boxes of food and gift cards to hundreds of YEP families. We are so grateful to Strong City for its support of our families as YEP provides

nearly 1,000 young people each year with

high school equivalency education,

work-based learning opportunities,

enrichment programming,

and mentoring.”

- Jerome Jupiter,

Chief Operating Officer at YEP

When you donate today or pledge to make a recurring donation, you allow Strong City to
maintain and develop the ways that we intentionally engage with the New Orleans community --
Welcome to our committed project of disrupting cycles of poverty and violence amongst youth.
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