DSEF’s newest program, GIRLS NOLA (Girls Initiative for Reproducing Leaders in Society) is a girl’s empowerment and mentorship program, based on Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights. Funded by the Packard Foundation and the Public Health Institute of California, GIRLS NOLA offers a comprehensive SRHR curriculum integrated with arts, culture and girls empowerment activities. This event will take place on Tuesday November 3, 2015 at the Ashe Cultural Arts Center (1712 Oretha C. Haley Boulevard New Orleans, LA 70113) starting at 6:00pm. Free Admission. The community of New Orleans is encouraged to attend.

GIRLS NOLA is a program designed to use integrative arts techniques to decrease poverty, discrimination, and violence against girls and women while increasing the cultural competency of New Orleans government officials and policy-makers.

The program will focus on improving adolescent behaviors, developing and identifying youth leaders, fostering parental advocates, and empowering women as core leaders within society. To achieve this, GIRLSNOLA will implement a two track initiative that teaches girls how to become respected, responsible, and fully realized young women in society. While also teaching parents how to bring up these bright and amazing young leaders.


On Tuesday November 3, 2015, the Dinerral Shavers Educational Fund  hosted an awards night and live panel discussion about the “State of Our Girls.” This event will be a conversation about grassroots organizing, policy changes, and access to Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights education for the young women of New Orleans. It featured guest panelist Angelita Brown of Planned Parenthood, Kelsey Hundley of the New Orleans Adolescent Reproductive Health Program, Vanessa Wilson a GIRLS NOLA parent, McKenzie Ware a GIRLS NOLA Scholar, and Kendra Williams of Lighthouse Community Care, Inc. Also including guest speaker Marta Tsehay, a SRHR Activist and trailblazer who will be skyping in live from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and a special finale performance by the Red Wolf Brass Band.