Community Impact

Nonprofits touch our lives every day, and the Community Impact series highlights their critical work and the difference they are making.

Each week, New Orleans-based producer Eve Abrams brings you the stories of diverse groups working across southeast Louisiana. You’ll hear directly from leaders and staff on the frontline of important issues, from dedicated volunteers and from the people whose lives have been improved by these nonprofits.

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Community
7:46 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Orleans Public Education Network Helps Bring A Born Learning Trail To New Orleans

Sean plays hopscotch on the Born Learning Trail
Eve Abrams

Orleans Public Education Network, OPEN, is committed to ensuring public engagement as a central element to building excellent public schools. Created in 2007, OPEN exists to serve as a catalyst and conduit for broad and diverse community engagement by facilitating more collaboration between community members, stakeholders, and policy makers.

Cyndi Nguyen and her son Sean are walking along the Borne Learning Trail in the Michoud Community in New Orleans East. 

“What shape is this?  Is this a rectangle?” Cyndi asks Sean.

“A diamond,” Sean answers.

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Community
7:04 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Urban League Helps Entrepreneurs Grow Their Businesses And The Community

Gary Harrell teaches at the Entrepreneur Boot Camp
Eve Abrmas

The Urban League’s Women’s Business Resource Center provides training, assistance and resources to aspiring and existing entrepreneurs. As an entrepreneur WBRC services can help improve your management skills, strengthen your enterprise, and increase your business’ capacity for success.

 

 

Gary Harrell is teaching a class called Empowering Communities One Entrepreneur at a Time at the Urban League’s Women’s Business Resource Center.

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Community
7:45 am
Tue May 20, 2014

New Orleans Works — Training People For Careers

Julia Pierce is a medical assistant at Oschner Baptist Medical Center.
Eve Abrams WWNO

New Orleans Works (NOW) is a workforce collaborative focused on building partnerships between employers, trainers, educators and workers to connect low-skilled workers to jobs that provide immediate economic security, and also prepare workers for professional growth and a focused career path.

 

Julia Pierce is a medical assistant at Ochsner Baptist Medical Center.

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Community Impact
7:06 am
Tue May 13, 2014

The New Orleans Fatherhood Consortium: Helping Men Stay Engaged In Their Children's Lives

Stephen Lee, a senior studying philosophy at Loyola, gives a tour to students from Andrew Wilson School
Eve Abrams

The mission of New Orleans Fatherhood Consortium is to develop comprehensive social supports, programs, public awareness, and policies that will assist fathers in reaching their fullest potential. It is a collaborative group of organizations and individuals who identify opportunities and support that enable fathers to be present, engaged and active in the lives of their families.

 

“It’s pretty common knowledge that children are born to two parents,” says Gregory Rattler, Jr., the director of New Orleans Fatherhood Consortium, which is based at Loyola University. 

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Community Impact
6:49 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Broadmoor Development Corporation, Building Back The Neighborhood

This renovated duplex has two units for rent.
Eve Abrams

The Broadmoor Development Corporation was created in 2006 by the Broadmoor Improvement Association to implement programs in response to the growing demand for housing advocacy and rehabilitation in the aftermath of the 2005 storms. Their mission is to enhance the economic wellbeing of the Broadmoor neighborhood.

 

Standing in Broadmoor, with a view of the Superdome in the distance and the Andrew Wilson Charter School across the street, is a newly renovated home ready to be rented.

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Community Impact
12:48 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Family Service Of Greater New Orleans Teaches Dads How To Parent

NOLA Dads students answer questions in a workbook to get conversation going.
Eve Abrams

Since 1896, Family Service of Greater New Orleans has offered an array of mental health counseling, psycho-educational and social service programs in the community, clients’ homes, and schools. It recently added a class called NOLA Dads to its long roster of services.

Lawrence is a father. A new father. He’s 22 years old, and his daughter, La’Naya, is one year old. He likes to tell her things.

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Community
3:41 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Global Green's Holy Cross Village A Model Of Living With Water, Rather Than Fighting It

Each of the five homes in Global Green's Sustainable Village has a rain garden in the front.
Eve Abrams WWNO

Linda Stone is the director of local office of Global Green USA. Jeff Supak works for Global Green on wetlands and water issues. The two give us a tour of the group's Holy Cross Project in the Lower 9th Ward dedicated to sustainable living in New Orleans.

“This is Global Green’s showcase sustainable village,” explains Stone. “We’re in the Holy Cross neighborhood, and we’re right next to the river, as you can see.”

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Community Impact
7:19 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Music And Culture Coalition Of New Orleans A Force For Democratic Process

Musicians protested changes to a noise ordiance in front of City Hall.
Kate Gegenheimer

The Music and Culture Coalition of New Orleans serves as a platform and voice for issues concerning culture in New Orleans.

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Community Impact
8:14 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Black Alliance For Educational Options Helping To Increase Access To Quality Education

Kaleshe Garrison is the Black Alliance for Educational Options Family and Community Organizer in New Orleans.
Eve Abrams

The Black Alliance for Educational Options is a national organization, but in order to fulfill their mission — empowering low income and working-class Black families to increase high quality educational options for all black students — BAEO knows to work locally.

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Community Impact
7:00 am
Tue January 7, 2014

The New Orleans Youth Sound Experience Finds A New Home On St. Claude

Matthew Shilling, of the New Orleans Youth Sound Experience, explaining to students how speakers work.
NOYSE

Matthew Shilling teaches creative and at-risk youth about sound engineering and music production at the New Orleans Youth Sound Experience.

Matthew Shilling gathers his students around a sound board talking about volume and distortion.

“So tell me again what does a fader do?” he asks.  

“It takes away sound,” a student calls out.

“It fades the sound,” offers another.

“We’re not taking away sound, right?” asks Shilling. “We’re dealing with electricity still, right?”

“We’re taking away electricity,” a student guesses.

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