In the new landscape of public education in New Orleans, many students crisscross the city each day to attend classes. But a new initiative is aimed at making the neighborhood school just down the street into a more accessible hub to find enrichment programs and other services.
About a year ago, Ms. Chanda Burks met me in my office to discuss establishing a mentoring program for black males. Ms. Burks brought along her adolescent son Jared Michael Francis to take in the conversation. One year later, just a few days ago, I bumped into Ms. Burks at a NOLA for Life event. There, Ms. Burks informed me that her son Jared died from multiple gunshots in front of their home in the hushed neighborhood of Tall Timbers. He died September 15, 2012. He was an 18 year-old senior.