What We Do
BreakOUT! fights the criminalization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth who are directly impacted by the criminal or juvenile justice system in New Orleans. We affect concrete policy changes to build a safer and more just New Orleans.
We build on the rich cultural tradition of resistance in the South to build the power of LGBTQ youth through youth organizing, healing justice, and leadership development programs.
In addition to political education, members learn ways to confront issues they deem most important to them by further developing their organizing skills, including learning about Campaign Development, Base Building, Power Mapping, Developing a Strategy Chart, and more. The curriculum is flexible depending on youth's interests and campaign progress.
Inspired by other organizations and our experience at the 2011 Allied Media Conference, BreakOUT!'s Healing Justice program helps alleviate the stress and anxiety caused by the lives our young people lead. Members are encouraged to help plan and execute Healing Justice workshops, depending on their interests and community resources. Healing Justice workshops have included Knitting, Self-Defense, Yoga, Herbalism and Natural Remedies, Acupuncture, Meditation, and more.
Since our members' leadership development needs and interests are diverse, our work is highly individualized and may cover anything from learning to advocate with public defenders to writing a resume without having work experience to applying for out-of-state leadership development opportunities to assistance researching colleges and scholarships.