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Features
3:53 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

Boxing Gym Helps At-Risk Youth In Slidell

Dupre and Shedee Strickland offer programs for at-risk youth at their boxing gym in Slidell.
Credit Tegan Wendland / WWNO

Anointed Hands Boxing Gym on Pontchartrain Drive in Slidell is a modest facility, filled with loud music and kids. It is kind of like a community center — the coach taught a group of kids how to hit the boxing bags while others played on gym equipment and parents joked at the front desk.
 

 It is not necessarily what you would expect at a boxing gym. That could be because the owners, Dupre and Shedee Strickland, aim to do more than offer training for aspiring boxers — they want to help.

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Community Impact
3:39 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance Working To Create Affordable Housing

Credit Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance

The Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance is a collaborative formed by the non-profit housing builders and community development corporations who are working diligently to rebuild the city of New Orleans.

“The Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance is a collaborative of non-profit, for-profit, builders and advocates of affordable housing here in the metro area,” says Andreanecia Morris. “We have been working together to create more affordable housing in New Orleans as we rebuild the city.”

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Community Impact
11:19 am
Tue December 23, 2014

YAYA Empowers Creative Young People To Become Successful Adults

Amaya Cannon makes a sculpture inspired by Picasso
Eve Abrams

The mission of YAYA is to empower creative young people to become successful adults through educational opportunities and entrepreneurship. 

Charity Poskitt runs the glass studio where the youth arts organization YAYA currently houses its out of school programs. Poskitt normally works with glass, but today she’s teaching ceramics. The assignment? To play.

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Features
7:05 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Cuba Policy Change Draws Praise And Anger In New Orleans

Changes proposed by President Obama to ease the Cuba trade embargo sparked strong reaction in New Orleans. Views came in favor — and strongly opposed — to resuming diplomatic relations.

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NolaVie
6:33 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Changeworks: Arts And Wellness Center

Emily Wolff: connecting school and community.
Credit Propellor.org via NolaVie.com

These days, when you drive or walk the length of General Pershing from Broad Street toward South Claiborne, you can tell something is growing there.

There in Broadmoor, in the heart of New Orleans, a community is rebuilding itself.

On what was the largest concentration of blight in the neighborhood, construction is underway for an 11,500-square-foot Arts and Wellness Center, a space that will provide quality arts enrichment and improved vitality to over 350 community members daily.

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WRKF
4:21 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Food Bank Asks: On a Scale of 1-to-3, How Nutritious is that Donation?

Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 10:58 am

Second Harvest Food Bank is the largest in Louisiana, serving over 200,000 people each year. Three quarters of clients at the pantries Second Harvest supplies say they regularly rely on the food they get there to make ends meet. In the same survey, over a third of pantry clients say they have a family member with diabetes. So Second Harvest is starting to pay closer attention to the nutrition of the food they distribute.

 


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Education
3:00 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Voices Of Educators: Kwanza Wells

Kwanza Wells teaches at St. John the Baptist.
Credit Mallory Falk / WWNO

Early childhood education got a boost last week. The federal government pledged $32 million to fund Louisiana pre-schools. 

In this month's Voices of Educators series, we look at an early childhood teacher. 

Kwanza Wells teaches at Catholic Charities St. John the Baptist Head Start, one of more than 30 Head Start centers in New Orleans. She helps students develop critical skills to succeed in kindergarten and the world.

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Community
4:07 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Listening Post South Of The Border

Protesters in Mexico City demanding government answers concerning the deaths of 43 college students.
Credit EPA

Last week I had the opportunity to leave one country deep in protest, the US, for a country in an even bigger state of unrest, Mexico.

Organizers for the 10th annual Encuentro Internacional de Periodistas, part of The FIL a massive international book fair (focused on Latin American authors) held every year in Guadalajara,  invited me to give a talk about the Listening Post project.

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Listening Post NOLA
7:00 am
Thu December 11, 2014

The Listening Post Asks: Have You Ever Been To A Protest In New Orleans?

About 300 people gathered in New Orleans to protest police brutality.
Mallory Falk WWNO

WWNO's Listening Post project asks questions about local news in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast and reports back on the community's response. This week the Listening Post asks: have you ever been to a protest in New Orleans?

From New York to Hong Kong, Mexico City to Ferguson, Missouri, people around the world are gathering to protest. 

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Northshore Focus
10:03 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Mandeville Night Air Filled With Music From Historic Dew Drop Jazz Hall

The Dew Drop Jazz Hall is located in a residential area in Mandeville just three blocks from Lake Pontchartrain.
Credit Tegan Wendland / WWNO

Preservationists and music lovers in Mandeville are working to create a new seasonal tradition — enjoying jazz music in an open-air, historic jazz hall. Cars lined a back street in a Mandeville neighborhood on a recent Friday, as soft Christmas lights and the sound of jazz lit up the warm autumn air.

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