New Orleans, La. – All across New Orleans, Tulane University students are going back to high school. They're working at four schools to establish advanced placement courses, part of a college-readiness program called AdvanceNOLA. While Tulane site coordinators work with teachers and school leaders on the program, Tulane undergrads tutor the high school students, sharing their own recent insight on advanced placement testing and, often, much more.
Recalling the day, decades past, when the childhood home of Louis Armstrong was demolished still makes Bobby McIntrye wince. Then, there's the much fresher example of the home of early New Orleans jazz great Sidney Bechet, torn down in a post-Katrina anti-blight push.
In the course of her day, New Orleans pediatrician Dr. Alina Olteanu will conduct the usual array of screenings and immunizations her young patients need, while also educating parents about health issues from lead exposure to obesity. This is the normal work of a pediatrician. But there's something different about the way she delivers such care.
New Orleans, La. – Getting technology in the classroom has been a mantra within education circles for years. But the marching orders for one nonprofit now at work in the New Orleans area is about getting the most out of it.
New Orleans, La. – As a nursing student at Louisiana State University, Bryan Buechler will one day care for people with any manner of ailment or injury. Today, however, he's part of a program that teaches young school children how to avoid many of the very same conditions that could require his attention in the future.
A new play from the local nonprofit Junebug Productions is called "Trying to Find My Way Back Home," and it's ostensibly about the story of modern Haiti, the struggles of everyday people there and the way this relates to the African American experience closer to home. Deeper though, this play, staged at the Ash Cultural Arts Center in Central City, takes on themes of brotherhood, the power of community and, ultimately, love. Actor Kwame Ross explains:
New Orleans, La. – For many people a trip to the dentist is just part of the routine of personal health, and for them serious problems are rare. But then there are patients that Metairie dentist Dr. Ray Unland sees as a volunteer with the nonprofit called Donated Dental Services.
New Orleans, La. – Excitable chickens greet visitors to a coop tucked away behind a Kenner landscaping nursery not far from the river. This is only their temporary home, however. Soon, this boisterous flock will relocate to a new farm now under development by the Latino Farmers Cooperative of Louisiana where they'll produce a lot more than eggs.