Community-Partner-Updates

Community Partner Updates

See what our Community Advisory Board (CAB) members have been up to this summer. Click on the photo to view a gallery of pictures from some of our members. To find out more about the CAB, click here.

Photos 1-5: The Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development (CSED) focuses on coastal rehabilitation, greening the built environment and increasing food security by lifting up and strategically reinforcing community driven goals throughout the work of creating an economically, culturally and environmentally sustainable Lower Ninth Ward. To further aid community-wide goals, the Lower 9th Ward CSED has identified three key Strategic Initiatives that drive its programs:

  • Food Security: Providing residents with access to all types of fresh, affordable food via community gardens, local markets and other urban agriculture programs.
  • Natural Environment: Efforts to protect and restore area waterways – from river to bayou – integral to a healthy ecosystem, green space, recreation and as an effective community storm barrier.
  • Built Environment: Rebuilding homes, schools, churches, businesses, parks and streets better than before – as vibrant, enduring spaces within a carbon neutral community.
    To learn more about CSED’s work, visit www.sustainthenine.org.

Photos 6-8: FirstLine Schools held its first year of Summer Camp X! During this innovative four-week camp for middle school students, two Edible Schoolyard NOLA teachers used the off-season opportunity to hone their craft by teaching project-based classes with an edible flavor. Stefin Pasternak, Lead Chef Educator at Samuel J. Green Charter School, helped his students pilot Restaurant Impossible, a kid-powered restaurant fighting obesity. Eloise Reid, Assistant Garden Educator at Langston Hughes Academy, guided students through the design and creation of a rain garden at Arthur Ashe Charter School, which was covered recently in The Hechinger Report. Marta Jewson’s article, Food for thought: How gardens help students to grow in New Orleans can be found here. Kerrie Partridge, Program Director, presented at the Farm to Table International Conference with the Tulane PRC's Adrienne Mundorf and discussed parent perspectives of the ESYNOLA program.
To learn more about ESYNOLA, visit www.esynola.org.

Photos 9-11: Saturday marks the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, and New Orleans is making tremendous strides to become a safer, healthier place to live. In August, FitLot launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise support for their flagship fitness park at the Sojourner Truth Neighborhood Center along the Lafitte Greenway. FitLot is a New Orleans-based nonprofit committed to building outdoor fitness parks in communities across America. A FitLot is an outdoor fitness park that makes the benefits of indoor exercise training free and accessible to the public.
To learn more about the project to build the flagship fitness park along the Lafitte Greenway, the crowdfunding campaign, and FitLot's vision for a healthier New Orleans, please visit their campaign page here.

Photo 12: Peter Stevenson, director of Dillard University's Department of Recreation, Health and Wellness, will speak at the United State Tennis Association's Semiannual Meeting and Conference, Sept 2-8 in New York. As one of the USTA National Board Members, he will be speaking about his work to set up a Tennis on Campus program. Two years ago, Stevenson joined USTA to help change the face of tennis. Stevenson now serves as the Ambassador for Historically Black Colleges and Universities and started a USTA/HBCU Tennis on Campus start-up grant program to help promote recreational tennis across the country. As of now, 30 colleges and universities are in the program. Stevenson also serves as chair of the Tulane PRC's Community Advisory Board.
To learn more about Dillard University's recreation programs, click here. To learn more about the USTA's Tennis on Campus program, click here.

Topics:   community advisory board , community health , nutrition , diet , physical activity , school health , built environment ,

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