An important focus area of the Children’s Coalition is Youth Development.  Statistics show that supportive relationships bring safety, stability, and encouragement to young people’s lives. In addition to the empowering and supporting youth, adults must work together to address some of the serious problems faced by our teens. The Coalition utilizes data and works with governmental agencies, non-profit organizations and concerned citizens to develop strategies addressing these issues using both school-based programs and community-based initiatives. 

“1 out of every 5 teens in America suffers from emotional problems, and most never get help.  Depression, anxiety, substance abuse and even suicidal tendencies are all common problems in our area. We want to make sure that our youth are not only physically healthy but mentally healthy—because healthy children are better prepared to learn”

-Jan Daniels, Youth Development Coordinator



SOS Signs of Suicide

This is a secondary school-based suicide prevention program that includes screening and education. Students are screened for depression and suicide risk and referred for professional help as indicated. Students also view a video that teaches them to recognize signs of depression and suicide in themselves and others. They are taught that the appropriate response to these signs is to use the ACT technique: acknowledge that there is a problem, let the person know you care, and tell a trusted adult. Students also participate in guided classroom discussions about suicide and depression. The program attempts to prevent suicide attempts, increase knowledge about suicide and depression, develop desirable attitudes toward suicide and depression, and increase help-seeking behavior among youth. For more information, contact Jan Daniels, SOS program Director at



"Next Steps" Scholarship Program

The purpose of these scholarships is to support students who are involved in programs sponsored by the Children’s Coalition and are seeking opportunities to continue thriving in their “Next Steps.” There are 3 scholarships in this program, with funding donated to reward graduating seniors for their participation and involvement in the Ouachita Youth Leadership Summit, U-ACT and Jus4Me programs. You can apply online for all scholarships; paper copies of the Jus4Me scholarship are also available in the counselor's office at Carroll, Wossman and Richwood High School. 

Pictured here are the 2016-2017 "Next Steps Scholarship" Winners of the Emile A. Barrow Jr. Scholarship for Ouachita Youth Leadership, (left to right) Justin McWilliams and Graham Barham.

Ouachita Youth Summit Scholarship

To apply online for Ouachita Youth Summit scholarship, click here.
In honor of Emile A. Barrow, Sr. 
  • Total Amount: $4,000
  • Number awarded per year: 3
  • Grand Prize Award - $2,000
  • Individual Award (2) - $1,000 each
To qualify you must meet the following criteria:
  • Graduating senior in May 2018
  • Applied for educational program at 2- or 4-year college/technical school participant
  • GPA ≥ 2.75
  • ACT ≥ 22
  • 2017-2018 participation in the Ouachita Youth Leadership Summit in good standing

U-ACT Scholarship

To apply for the U-ACT Scholarship, click here
In honor of Michael C. Napoli
  • Amount: $3,000
  • Number awarded per year: 3
  • 1 Pharmacy student ($1,000)
  • 2 Student Ambassadors ($1,000)
 To qualify you must meet the following criteria:
  • Existing pharmacy student
    • U-ACT Participant
    • GPA ≥ 3.0
    • Graduating Senior in May 2018
      • Applied/Accepted to a college or technical program
      • GPA ≥ 2.0

Jus4Me Scholarship

To apply for the Jus4Me Scholarship, click here or call 318-323-8775.
  • Amount: $1,500 (each)
  • Number awarded per year: 2
 To qualify you must meet the following criteria:
  • Graduating senior/GED in May 2018 
  • Applied for educational program at 2- or 4-year college/technical school participant
  • GPA of 2.0 ≥ higher
  • Jus4Me program participant


Heart of Service Scholarship, sponsored by LAMBDA

To apply for the Heart of Service Scholarship, click here.
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Number awarded per year: 1
To qualify you must meet the following criteria:
  • Graduating senior in May 2018
  • Applied for educational program at 2- or 4-year college
  • GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Ongoing involvement with a children-serving organization as a volunteer



Louisiana Public Health Institute: Adolescent Reproductive Health Mapping

Working closely with Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI) staff and local health, school and community-based organizations, the Children’s Coalition will engage in coalition building to help identify and meet the reproductive health needs of adolescents. The goal of the 10-month project is to map the assets of the community to better understand the barriers to, and opportunities for, services to support adolescent reproductive health in Ouachita Parish. For more information contact Jan Daniels at .

4th JDC Youth Services Planning Board

The Children’s Coalition is proud to host the Youth Services Planning Board for the 4th Judicial District (YSPB). The goal of the YSPB is to "promote accessible, culturally relevant services for the prevention, intervention and treatment of children, youth and families in or at-risk of entering the foster case or criminal/juvenile systems.” The 20-member board consists of members who are representative of law enforcement, health care, mental health, substance abuse prevention and treatment, social services, education, faith-based organizations, businesses and parenting and youth organizations. See the next meeting on the Community Calendar: 4th JDC Youth Advisory Planning Board. 


Jan Daniels
Youth Development Coordinator