Giselle Nakhid leads a community dance class early one evening at the Ashé Cultural Arts Center in the Central City neighborhood of New Orleans. The class is called Sistas Making a Change, and as the name suggests, the ladies who participate in this free, weekly gathering get more than a few dance moves. They hear from experts on health topics, they share a healthy meal and they bask in a sense of togetherness.
Franco's Fitness is celebrating the New Year with an exciting event that will challenge even the most athletically-inclined. Jollaine Schear talks with the organizers and participants of the event about what they have in store.
"Place-based initiatives" is a big buzz phrase in philanthropy circles these days. It means taking a comprehensive approach to improving a neighborhood, considering how factors like jobs, education, transportation and housing all interact in a specific place. But even if you've never heard that term before, if you live in the New Orleans area, chances are you already know what it means.
Darcy McKinnon works for FirstLine Schools, a network of New Orleans public charter schools. Her job is to help middle school students pick the right high school among the myriad new options in the fast-changing local education landscape and to make a successful transition when they do.
New Orleans, La. – In 2009, St. Bernard Parish resident Elizabeth Richardson was the victim of extreme violence. She feels blessed to be alive, though she still grieves for her daughter, India Mahoney, who did not survive.
New Orleans, La. – A prayer was the appropriate finale for a ceremony welcoming Gentilly resident Janetta Mistretta back into her home. After all, for her to finally move out of a FEMA trailer and back into her own house with her children seemed nothing short of a miracle.
After Hurricane Katrina, a group of New Orleans public schools raced to get students back into the classroom and back to the business of learning. As they reopened, however, the leaders of these pioneering schools quickly found that they had a lot to learn themselves.