Dillard University's Office of Community Relations is helping people in Gentilly stay healthy. Eve Abrams explores the university's efforts to combat obesity, poor nutrition, and bad eating habits throughout the neighborhood.
Chrisean Mitchell shows me around the community garden in back of her Gentilly school.
What happens when very motivated adolescents decide they want to help better their community, but they’re not satisfied with how kids fit into the current non-profit scene? In the case of two Northshore teenagers, they simply started their own.
15-year-old Beverly Brown co-founded Kids Wanna Help, a group designed to encourage Northshore youth to become involved with non-profits and charitable giving. Their mission began with a fashion show.
Jane Helire is the job developer and life skills instructor at Covenant House, a safe haven for homeless and at-risk youth located at the edge of the French Quarter. On a recent day she pointed to the wall behind her.
“This is our employment board, and it’s the males on one side, and the females on other side," she says. "It has a list of everyone who is employed and who should be job searching and touching base with me, and who’s in class and who I haven’t seen just yet.”
Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in living rooms, backyards and other intimate spaces within the community. Each month, seven storytellers have 7 minutes to respond to a theme. BYO airs on All Things New Orleans and is a biweekly podcast on wwno.org
Laniker Hunter-Davis is an outreach worker for UNITY of Greater New Orleans. She and her partner, Joycelyn Scott, drive and walk around the city trying to reach the hardest-to-reach homeless people. One night, I tagged along.
“The first place that we’ll be stopping is at Washington Park. It’s off of Elysian Fields. We have a lady that’s in that park with her dog, and she can’t utilize the shelters because of her dog. So we gonna go check on her.
The 1939 Charity Hospital building served the healthcare needs of generations of the city’s poor. However, its basement flooded during hurricane Katrina, and for the past eight years the building has remained vacant.
WWNO’s Listening Post collected audio from its two regular recording locations — at Norman Mayer Library in Gentilly and HeadQuarters Barbershop on Broad Street — to hear what people had to say about the redevelopment of Charity Hospital and the surrounding area. The Listening Post asked people these questions:
It’s lunchtime at the Renew Cultural Arts Academy, and that means a group of medical students from Louisiana State University are sitting down with kindergarden, first and second graders to talk about the food that’s on their plates.
“So what do you use your protein for?”
“Makes you strong!”
“Makes you strong. Got to have big muscles, huh? Can you show me your muscle? All right, there you go.”
About a dozen medical students are equipped with colored building blocks: red for protein, green for carbohydrates, and yellow for fat.
Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in living rooms, backyards and other intimate spaces within the community. Each month, seven storytellers have 7 minutes to respond to a theme.
This story was told on October 21st, 2012, at Jackie Sumell’s house in the 7th Ward. The theme of the evening was “Are You Afraid of the Dark”, and Matt "Smoothie" Sargeant told this winning story providing life advice on Halloween Eve.