Partner-Updates-Pics

Partner Updates & Pics

Check out what members of the Tulane Prevention Research Center’s Community Advisory Board (CAB) have been up to this summer! Click on the photo to the right to see pictures from a few of our CAB members. To find out more about the CAB, click here.

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The Backyard Gardeners Network celebrated its first year of programming this summer and finished a pilot year of programming. The Lower 9 Growing Strong program has enlivened a space that was once just a trash-filled blighted lot. Offering regular programming for children, adults and seniors six days per week at the Guerrilla Garden has transformed the space into an open-air community center, a destination for Lower 9th Ward residents and the larger Black community of New Orleans to learn from one another, and grow closer as a community. This project would not be possible without the support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, who provided most of the funding. We also appreciate the support of the ClifBar Family Foundation, Harrah’s New Orleans and Councilman James Gray, and Aetna. For more about the Backyard Gardeners Network, visit backyardgardenersnetwork.org.

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Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association (VAYLA) of New Orleans hosted its 9th Annual VAYLA SOCIAL Youth Sports Tournament + Entertainment Showcase July 18-20 at Joe W. Brown Memorial Park in New Orleans East. During the event, 31 sports teams, 40 performers, and a total of 750+ spectators and volunteers came together from across the Gulf Coast to showcase their talents to promote physical activities for healthy lifestyles. The tournament included: basketball, flag football, tennis, soccer, volleyball, and a B-boy dance battle. The Louisiana Secretary of State’s Office provided voting machines with fun questions for participants to learn how to vote in the future. VAYLA SOCIAL couldn’t have done it without the support from our local businesses, performers, and volunteer team. For more information about VALYA, visit vayla-no.org.

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The New Orleans Healthy School Food Collaborative (HSFC) held its annual training in July for school partners and members of their School Food Authority (SFA). The training included speakers from: The Healthy School Food Collaborative, The Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI), the National Farm to School Network, LSU AgCenter and the New Orleans Point-of-Sale (POS) Advocacy Program. Presenters aligned on goals to combat childhood obesity through increased access to nutritional meals and educational programs for health and wellness. LPHI researchers also presented preliminary results from an evaluation on the impact of HSFC on student meal consumption and plate waste in schools. The HSFC summer food program service also partnered with 38 schools and camp sites this summer, providing more than 10,000 fresh nutritious meals to New Orleans children during June and July. For example, campers from A’s & Ace’s tennis camp (pictured) take a break after lunch before heading back to the courts. For more about The New Orleans Healthy School Food Collaborative, visit www.thehealthyschoolfoodcollaborative.com.

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The Kids Rethink Summer Leadership Institute concluded on June 24 with a Day of Action where Rethinkers called on youth and adult supporters from around the city to come together to create change in our schools and communities. This summer, in honor of the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, Rethinkers explored the topic of Freedom. They went on a historic tour of the 1811 Slave Revolt, learned freedom songs with acclaimed vocalist Michaela Harrison and learned about youth movements for change with members of BreakOUT. The curriculum was designed and facilitated by six high school-aged youth, known as the Ujima Collective. For more about Rethink visit its redesigned website, www.therethinkers.org.

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The Renaissance Project, a nonprofit in the Lower 9th Ward focused on integrated programs for poverty alleviation, operated its Summer Youth Employment Program and employed 50 youth for eight weeks earning a living wage. Youth were at various nonprofits around the city including Boys Town of Louisiana, BreakOUT! and SAC (Students at the Center). In July, six young women from the summer program visited the Dress for Success boutique to pick out business attire for interviews. Dress for Success is a non-profit organization that focuses on increasing employment opportunities for women, starting with one business suit at a time. It encourages women to defy social constructs regarding females in the workplace. “It was a great experience, and it made me feel like I was ready for a real job” said Renaissance Project youth worker Erin Smith. Edelmy Marin, Dayette Hopkins, and Erin Smith (pictured) looked job ready with their choice of suits. For more about the Renaissance Project, visit therenaissanceproject.la.

Topics:   community health , community advisory board , agriculture , youth engagement , school food , nutrition , diet , physical activity , obesity , childhood obesity , food environment

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