The Cocoon: Youth
Empowerment Program

The Cocoon: Youth Empowerment Program


Jalisa Roberts // founder and director

The Cocoon: Youth Empowerment Program is committed to using dance to rebuild community. The Cocoon provides a safe space for our youth to grow into dynamic, informed leaders in their communities and beyond. We provide our students with dance education, peer leadership, and organizing skills. The goal is not just to train dancers, but leaders, who can use their creative abilities to impact the world around them for the better.  We give our students cross-cultural opportunities to learn dance forms from around the world. Our students also learn professional choreography skills for presentation.

Support for The Cocoon: Youth Empowerment Program can be made by donating to its fiscal sponsor the National Performance Network (NPN). Click the button below and you will be directed to Network for Good’s Donate Now service. Next to “Program Designation,” click on the drop-down box and select “The Cocoon: Youth Empowerment Program .”

NPN is a recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All contributions support the programming of NPN and the designated programs of the New Orleans Local Network, and are fully tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. All donations are acknowledged by letter. We don’t engage in phone solicitation, nor will we sell or rent your contact information to any third party.

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