The Issues


26,000 young people age out of foster care every year in the United States. 200 young people age out every year in Louisiana


•On average, for every young person that ages out of foster care without support, taxpayers and communities pay $300,000 in social costs over that person’s lifetime


Less than 3 percent of youth aging out of foster care will complete a college education without support


1 in 4 former foster youth will experience PTSD; 2 times the rate of U.S. war veterans


1 in 5 will become homeless after age 18 

Community Events
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Get Assistance


​Project 18's Emergency Funds are granted to youth for unexpected transportation, rent, or other documented one-time emergency costs. Project 18 works with these youth on budgeting, time management and other skills to ensure that such emergencies are less likely to recur or, if they do, that they are better able to cope.

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Scholarships & Grants


Project 18 partners with organizations, foundations, and individuals to deliver scholarships and grants to foster youth in Louisiana. 

Team Project 18
Project 18 Media/ Press Meet the 2016 Angel Award Honorees (read more)

New Orleans Living: Foster Teen Angel Sonya Brown: (read more)

City Business: Announcing the 2016 class of "Women of the Year" (read more)

TP/ Millennial Awards 2016 celebrate the city's young movers and shakers (read more)

TP/ Sonya Brown is giving young people in foster care the support their parents can't (read more) Project 18 helps tackle New Orleans' toughest problems (read more)


New Orleans City Business: Fresh foods, foster care among startups in community solutions pitch (read more)



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