Geaux Vote on October 14 and November 18!
Leadership Development Days and Training
Louisiana PTA hosted its annual in-person PTA Leadership Development Days on August 19, 2023, in Mandeville and August 26, 2023, in Shreveport. The class PowerPoints and PDF handouts are posted at LouisianaPTA.org/tr. The sessions will be repeated on Zoom in September. As a reminder, training for the Executive Committee is a requirement of Affiliation which is due October 27, 2023.
School of Excellence Awards
The National PTA Standards for Family-School Partnerships has transformed family engagement across the country for over 20 years. The NEW 2022 version includes 6 key Standards with impactful edits to the goals and indicators to best support student success and well-being. Explore the updates and related resources by clicking on the 6 tenets below.
For Local PTA Leaders:
Read Strengthening Family-School Partnerships through Education Policy to jumpstart your own advocacy work.
Friends of LAPTA
Friends of LAPTA are sponsors who supports to LAPTA's mission and vision of supporting all children and families. To become a Friend of LAPTA, go to LouisianaPTA.org/friends. Please support our Friends of LAPTA.
Mission Partners are nonprofits or other groups whose focus is to improve the lives of children and whose mission aligns with the PTA mission. These like-minded associations and coalitions might include a teacher or librarian group, foster care, a mental health group, and so many more. To become a Mission Partner or learn more about it, visit LouisianaPTA.org/missionpartners. Current Mission Partners are:
The On Our Sleeves Alliance works to amplify the cause of children’s mental health through the voices and actions of leading corporations, youth-serving organizations and health care organizations across the country. The Alliance works to empower the mental health and wellness of every child in the US, through fundraising and distribution of expert-created resources necessary for breaking stigmas, educating families, and advocates and teaching mental wellness skills. See OnOurSleeves.org for more.
Voter Voice is Louisiana PTA’s new tool to allow our members to speak for every child with one voice more easily and efficiently. This platform provides important information about legislative issues affecting families, schools, and communities and helps members stay informed on the latest updates from Louisiana elected officials. See LouisianaPTA.org/advocate or go to "Take Action" menu and select "Advocate".
The Seymore D'Fair Foundation is an educator-centric non-profit organization that strongly focuses on serving the underserved preadolescent student population at K-6th grade levels. Recognizing the critical importance of early childhood education, the foundation utilizes its expertise and hands-on classroom experience to design highly effective awareness, education, and prevention initiatives tailored to this specific demographic. The world-renowned Seymore D'Fair, the foundation's brand ambassador, is at the heart of our efforts. Through the combination of engaging content and a recognizable costume and cartoon character, Seymore D'Fair creates a formidable program that resonates with our target student demographic. This unique approach captivates and empowers young minds, making drug awareness and prevention engaging and relatable. Our core mission revolves around fostering collaboration with like-minded organizations to maximize the impact of our initiatives. We firmly believe in the power of partnerships and actively seek synergies with local, state, and national partners to drive positive change in communities across Louisiana and America. Central to our work is the acclaimed "Kiki's Red Ribbon School Celebration" program, a powerful in-school prevention initiative that runs concurrently with the National Red Ribbon Week Campaign. Through this program, we instill crucial life skills in students, promoting a drug-free lifestyle from an early age and setting the foundation for a healthier future. With unwavering dedication and the support of our valued partners, the Seymore D'Fair Foundation remains steadfast in its mission to build a healthier, safer, and drug-free future for the children and youth of Louisiana and America. Together, we strive to create a lasting impact, empowering the next generation to make informed and positive choices, thus fostering a brighter tomorrow for us all.
The Children & Youth Prevention Coalition of St. Tammany (CYCST) is a dynamic and passionate community-driven coalition committed to promoting the well-being and safety of children and youth in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana. Our focus revolves around drug prevention, education, and building a supportive network to address the unique challenges faced by our young generation. Our mission is to empower children and youth with the knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to make positive life choices and lead a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. Through innovative programs, initiatives, and strategic partnerships, we strive to create a nurturing environment that fosters resilience and instills values that inspire lifelong success. As a united force, the CYCST collaborates with various stakeholders, including educators, parents, law enforcement, healthcare professionals, and community leaders. By leveraging diverse expertise and resources, we aim to implement evidence-based prevention strategies and interventions that make a lasting impact on the lives of our youth. Central to our efforts is our commitment to networking and collaboration with other coalitions and organizations across Louisiana. By uniting forces with like-minded partners, we expand our reach and effectiveness, ensuring a comprehensive approach to addressing substance abuse challenges and promoting mental well-being among our young community members. The Children & Youth Prevention Coalition of St. Tammany envisions a future where every child and youth can thrive, free from the detrimental effects of substance abuse. Together, we continue to build a stronger, safer, and more resilient St. Tammany Parish, where our youth can fulfill their potential and lead fulfilling lives.
Louisiana Partnership for Children and Families: As a statewide advocacy organization dedicated to giving Louisiana children a voice for a better life and to influencing public policy and educating parents, they ensure the best services are provided for the children. Improving a child's education, health, and welfare actually improves the quality of life for all, now and in the future. See louisianapartnership.wildapricot.org for more.