Krewe de Evangeline Coalition

is a coalition consisting of members of organizations in Evangeline Parish. The coalition includes approximately 20 non-profit organizations, state agencies, local municipal governments, and business which service the needs of children and youth in Evangeline Parish. The Children & Youth Services (CYS) Planning Board has been meeting and planning since 2018.
Evangeline Parish has been selected by the Louisiana Partnerships for Success as one of 10 high need parishes in the state to address the priorities of underage drinking, prescription drug misuse/abuse, and depression. In addressing these priorities, the Evangeline Parish Children & Youth Services Planning Board has branded itself as the Krewe de Evangeline Coalition. In addition to highlighting the acronym Krewe de Evangeline Coalition, the intent is to bring a positive presence in addressing the ills of underage drinking. Rather than the messaging of “don’t do this” and “stop doing that”, the Krewe de Evangeline Coalition seeks to build a sense of pride among the targeted age populations to be addressed and hopefully, seeing a sense of pride permeate the whole parish, while addressing the issues underage drinking. There is the belief that ‘The Power of Change’ is at work in the parish. We are “One parish pulling together to change our future!” This held up in spite of working with the first generation who doesn’t believe their future will be better than the present generation.

MISSION STATEMENT:

To prevent the onset and reduce the progression of underage drinking.

VISION STATEMENT:

“The power of change: one parish pulling together to change our future!”

GOALS:

The goals of Krewe de Evangeline Coalition reflect the national goals for Partnerships for Success.
Goal 1: To prevent the onset and reduce the progression of underage drinking.
1. To reduce 30-day alcohol use (ages 12-20)
2. To reduce binge drinking (ages 12-20)
Goal 2: To reduce short-term and long-term consequences of underage drinking.
1. To reduce alcohol related car crashes and injuries (ages 15-20)
2. To reduce alcohol and prescription related emergency room visits (ages 12-25)