New Orleans, LA – Teachers, staff and school leaders aren't the only ones making a difference in the promising new realm of public education in New Orleans. Every day, local residents from all walks of life are leading after-school classes, enrichment programs, tutoring sessions and workshops in art, music, writing, life skills and more. And many of them are making these contributions thanks to New Orleans Outreach.
New Orleans, LA – Hurricane Katrina recovery has been a boom time for people doing construction, demolition and renovation work in the New Orleans area, but they aren't the only ones who have seen their workload skyrocket during these past few rebuilding years. The recovery work, and the dramatic influx of Latino immigrant workers it caused, has kept the Workplace Justice Project busier than ever.
New Orleans, LA – Community IMPACT Series: Broad Community Connections, Jan. 5, 2010
Take a spin around Broad Street, and it's impossible to miss the commercial corridor's mix of new business and lingering blight. But what the founders of Broad Community Connections see is vast potential. They see the nexus of several large projects poised to open new opportunities here.
New Orleans, LA – Community IMPACT Series: Good Work Network Dec. 29, 2009
For Thomas Brown, the path to becoming a small business owner began at the top of a short ladder and at the butt of a hurtful prank. This was about two years ago, when the New Orleans native was working as a driver for a waste management company. After eight years on the job, he was hungry to advance, so he asked his supervisor for advice on how to move up. Here's how Brown remembers his supervisor's response:
New Orleans, LA – Community IMPACT Series: Covenant House Gardens Dec. 8, 2009
Homeless young people and runaways learn lessons of survival on their own. But to transition to mainstream society, to get on the path to healthy adult lives, they need to develop different skills and have different experiences than what they knew on the streets.
New Orleans, LA – Community IMPACT Series: Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools, Dec. 22, 2009
With so many components of New Orleans public schools in flux these days, a group of students is bringing one more issue to the table: their own voices. These young people are part of the nonprofit group Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools, and they're adding the perspectives, concerns and innovative ideas of actual students to the ongoing effort to recast a long-troubled school system. Their message is different, and so are these messengers.
New Orleans, LA – Community IMPACT Series: Lead Lab, Dec. 15, 2009
You can't see lead contamination in urban soils, but its impact on individuals and a community is indelible.
Dr. Howard Mielke is a research professor at the Tulane University and president of the nonprofit Lead Lab. He's been studying the issue for more than 30 years, and his early research on childhood lead poisoning in inner cities helped highlight the need to remove lead from gasoline. Here's Dr. Miekle:
New Orleans, LA – Community IMPACT Series: United Houma Nation Dec. 1, 2009
Dana Solet is a 21-year-old Louisiana State University student, majoring in communications. Her passion, however, is history, particularly the history of her family and the elders of the United Houma Nation, the Indian tribe of which she is part. That's why, as often as she can, she travels from campus life in Baton Rouge back to her hometown, the tiny bayou village of Dulac. She comes back to listen and to learn.
New Orleans, LA – Community IMPACT Series: Youth Empowerment Project Nov. 19, 2009
For many young New Orleanians, growing up means maneuvering an environment of pervasive poverty, violence, illiteracy, drugs and bleak personal economic prospects. These are the kids commonly dubbed "at risk," and often they find very little help or guidance at home.
But the local nonprofit Youth Empowerment Project helps fill that void of support, and demonstrates that risks needn't become devastating realities.