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02-26 7:30 am Community Matters

Feb 26, 2017|

WWL’s Monica Pierre discusses various community projects and services that benefit the infrastructure of Greater New Orleans.

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Good Sunday will continue to show and we aren't in the ruins of Mardi Gras 2017. This is the Sunday before Tuesday's debut so much for joining us today I didn't vote. Monica the year. Coming up so. And opportunities for young people to Rudy rated. Obviously it has to become much lower. The information on this used trust your crazy ideas challenged by junior achievement and they Drew Brees foundation. Lots and we love from people to consider too lenient registry Antonin immediately picks and possibly impact hundreds of thousands of. Details on the humane society of Louisiana. Or to register 100 monthly donor's hand to have core of young man when there's a you do that you really Leo let's. But thank them and them came from their neighborhoods like who have dad and that is. More of the nonprofit organization Brothers empowered to teach and give big push to recruit men of color. You explore careers in education. They trust your crazy idea or challenge is inspiring the next generation of occupant Norris is a partnership between the Brees dream foundation and junior achievement of greater New Orleans joining us to talk about the trust your crazy idea challenge our Larry Washington president of junior achievement of greater New Orleans and Jordan Dorsey special program manager. With the junior achievement. Thank you both for being with us good morning Monica and thank you much pleasure what is this trust your crazy idea. Shall I tell about it while I think it's much like it sounds it's an opportunity for young people to be creative about the ideas that they have. But beyond being traded about them to become entrepreneurial about those ideas. It's a challenge that we don't for the past. Four years. In collaboration as you say that with the breeze during foundation idea village. William people come up with really great ideas we take into a process where we give them to. Really hone in on what those ideas are. All in preparation don't appear to the world about tuition week and I think what's even better about this is that the young folks who were involved in this program have an opportunity. It's received. Scholarship dollars that they can put toward continuing education. And new this year you mentioned it's forty years right at her fourth year that this is also this year statewide. Indeed cut and asked him about well for the past four years we had to do that locally. Last year we had an opportunity to sit down with other. We talked about the success of this program for us here in New Orleans. And we saw that conversation they were immediately. Engaged wanted to become involved in I think it happened a lot quicker than we thought it would but would Jordan's our work grim couple of pretty quickly and I think some of these the advancement we made in the program just over the past few months have been phenomenal. Impatient for the state while world. Jordan Garcia is the special programs manager aware at the junior achievement of greater New Orleans and the piggyback on what Larry said what do you think. Is the excitement wise this thing in four short years taking off so quickly. Well it's an excellent opportunity for students to take advantage of he is a great start up community that we have developed to know islands. I think it's a really exciting time to be an entrepreneur or here. We've and we've gotten partnerships when it a lot of the organizations here in lake trapped wise stunts so much for eyes. And as well as operations are and and dug out of fab lab we've really. We've been able to really had some. Great resource is to give to our students and that's what we're looking for a we want they come with these fantastic ideas that are merely. You know kind of adult level on two for nor ideas so it's our goal to give them the best resource as we can he was an idea in the past that some of the crazy idea as they innovative ideas that really was part of the challenge. While I guess I'll start last year was my first year and and New Orleans. The two young ladies who on the competition. Have created. I glasses Wii if giving magnetic hinges and so this way you can take off the arms of those eyeglasses and interchange them. Where they were broken hand or whether it was just a fashion. They created that in its it's been really awesome. Annual earth strike you early crazy idea yeah absolutely last year and our whenever seek and hide any of braille labels system that he created. And he really created that's on her family member who is visually impaired is a really fantastic story bank and used as a very passionate young man and a unit that's what we're really looking for is there are this passionate young people that have to try and so what's the process where does it began and just to get you to the challenge. It's a great question we we start off by having all the students complete department called JB Holmes Norton. This happens inside the classroom with a combination. Teach when activities imbalance related activities. The vocal all the what to students complete this JB actually a program we're. Belong to the foundations of us from worship kind of think. As much more what are some of the characteristic or successor. At the end of that base amid a business plan. This year we had over 130 business plants emitted from young people from multiple high schools. From that we narrowed it down to a top twenty. That topped when he group we it was announced last December. At a press conference would Drew Brees. And since that time we've been doing a series what we call idea accelerant workshops with them. As a matter for it will be tonight in our office. We are each one of those workshops we really going to particular topic centered around business and much pollution. For instance it's been one week just talking about finances. But not just finances how do business become funded you know how do you go on give beat the capital if that's needed to start the business that you have. And so what's accused of Tibet process when we narrowed it down again. On the sixteenth of march. Will be hosting a pitch party and our office. We hear our top students will be doing their pitch in another series a panel of judges rather. What will identify a winner for New Orleans and we'll announce the winner at the pelicans game march 17. Do students who go through this and elderly to the challenge they have not calm moments about what it means to be knocked for north that's in the 21 century. I think so absolutely. They are working with mentors as well some of whom are also entrepreneurs and have been through this process before and so we really I think that it's a great opportunity for students can ever realize all of all of what it takes to be an arched an hour. And we definitely have students who you are you know so excited about it diet you know we've seen and right now who is in the program two years ago she hadn't she volunteers participates. And it's great. We're joined by allowing Washington president. A junior achievement of greater New Orleans enjoyed Garza who's the special programs manager with junior achievement talking about the trust your crazy idea challenge. So what happens as of the last four years of some of these ideas actually. Taken root and have become businesses have gotten funding do we know yet. Well we never had and several bar scene ends during the program I'm really taking initiative to try to cat to find the market and you know it take those I stats. I think that right now we're working on an alumni program to you to kind of get those kids three involved and to make sure that you know they're great ideas are you know coming to fruition and. They're there and I'll answer that without alumni program I think the real intent here is to provide the resources and the tools that. These young people need to make these ideas real. What we found dimensional forward on this for the past four years is a coming into that the pitch and the question indicate what happens after that. And so what we've done this year and again I've got to give a lot of credit of to Jordan for this is we really start to put together. Those resources that really. Take it to the next level for these these young people and that includes everything all the way down to putting them in contact with IP lawyers who could. Help them figure out that process. So this is really torn into a legitimate way for young people. Two take their ideas to the next level and then eventually get them to market. You talked about the of the GA idea accelerator workshops. So what goes into a successful pitch that's a great question. I think. And melts our personal and Jordan can add to it. I think what's probably most important. Is that the young people kind of catch or just. People generally correct pitch. You capture spoke to a story in this way people can connect to whatever that product is. I think so often and we we think about so we focus our businesses. There's thousands of business starting each and every day. So how do you set yourself apart nothing. That's withdrawing most important. In the pitch is this how do you set yourself apart how you tell story he didn't get people to connect to Jordan. Yeah I I completely agree I think it you know what you're doing with the pitches or turn to you kind of capture people's imaginations. You're also trying to you you know explain the process and explain you know where you're coming from your customers should be. And our our students that's solar really preparing them to do so that they can speak to people to. Our union judges that really their potential investors that's who we want them to think of this judge's eyes and and I think that you know every week they're learning those pieces that go into that passage through. Speakers that we. And at the united I think great now where in our six the week and we're hearing is pitchers come together and it it is a little magical schools it is so that's going to be a face off between the. Orleans area winner and that route carrier winner as well as north Louisiana and north Louisiana that is going to be tough it's gonna be tough. Of course I have a favorite at. It definitely. Via a New Orleans representative will be but I think that's a great thing for our students in the past even competing locally is an awesome thing. But now there were able to expose and young people from across the state with different experiences. And different ideas I think it'll elevates not just our competition. But young people involved in it and they'll be one winner the will be one winner that's at 101000 pounds it'll be 101000 dollars. What what will be doing is you're locally will also go to prizes so our top winner locally will receive a puck into an education scholarship for 5000 dollars. Even better than that the school receive funding that we 500 dollars. And then once we get to the state finale the winner within received 101000 dollars with. The second third or fourth place receiving prizes as well. Jordan is a can we follow along on the web sites it to see what happened and where things are going and leading the culmination yeah our web site in our FaceBook page or feast of pages of great place and kind of find out more information. And T get in you get connected with us to keep lights. You've been involved thank you both for being with have been joined by Larry Washington president of junior achievement of greater New Orleans as well Jordan Dorsey. Special programs manager with junior achievement. So twisted or crazy egg is out there but basically with that the solution. We're joined by Jeff dorsett and the executive director of the humane society. And we're talking about a big campaign to really a big push to register new monthly donors. And thanks to being with us Jeff Monica my pleasure good to see you get to see you again and thank you for all that you do tell us about your program to identify and register. New monthly donors. Think you'll. You know and charities always are looking for revenue streams to. Support their programs and we have a lot of statewide humane program to always keep funding so the best ways to have a concert revenue stream. People can give 51020 whatever they can afford a month who we can count on that. So we can continue. Our programs and that the backbone of our group is really cruelty investigations. Because there's such widespread abuse. We don't quite know why but we're always trying to address it through education and intervention and even prosecution. So we get hundreds of calls a month unfortunately. We have different people who respond some in the field some remote by phone. To offer logistical support to police. And share but where they need it. So we're calling this our humane enforcement for animals in Louisiana Gil. And we love for people to consider joining registering and donating. Why because if immediately affects it positively impacts hundreds if not thousands of animals. We spread our programs are on the state where she really needed. In rule areas that they have very are underserved and don't have a lot of resources. So all you have to do is just commit to the year. Basically yeah to go online humane LA dot org. And it's short for humane society of Louisiana simple enough to register. And then we take it from there just with your credit card five killer she's the ten dollars fifteen Tony and up. And that will give you also are monthly updates our activities as he can see exactly where your money's going around the state. You mentioned that the rule areas when you look at some of the issues impacting the city's. Verses the rural areas of what are the distinctions. Many of the rule areas from Monica not thirty of our parishes alone until almost half a state. Don't have any animal control services so you can imagine what happens to an animal is in distress or stray or you know bite case. There's no agency to respond. So this enormous social problem. So if the police wanna make an arrest and seizure there's no place to take the animals. There's no personnel with experience does no equipment. So you know multiply that by thirty parishes and you have a huge small disaster almost every day so we're fielding calls a lot from. Police officers who need help what did they do with this dog that they're even trying to serve a search warrant on and it's trying to bite them I mean it goes on and on. So we have to give and give them guidance educate them we also give training programs. For law enforcement so they are aware of what to look for in the field. What are the laws that apply to this situation so it's very useful for them they have you know a little lifeline. What types of cruelty cases are you part of it as one of the investigation. Monica unforced he would get a lot of abuse neglect and starving horse cases. Virtually every day from around the state because there's a surplus of courses you can go to almost any sale barn and get a horse for. 57500. Dollars the horses are poor shape to begin with. And it would take a lot of money. To get them up to speed and it costs about 15100 a year to do a horse right properly and most people for whatever reason. Feel they can cut corners and not you know buy extra feed supplements to the teeth and hopes. And it becomes a huge problem in a very short period of time and they need more space than just being tied and tethered to into a bar and absolutely tanking they. They looked a free room and eat and you know they forged by nature so when you taken away from them their very frustrated and a suffer. We're joined by Jeff Doris son he's the executive director of the humane society of Louisiana. Talking about their program their their effort to get new monthly donors. Just some not normal mile maybe ten dollars a month and this way thank you continue to help put the the revenue stream any other types of cruelty cases. We actually I think it is it's it's the range is wide everything we duty humans and virtually we do also do it and also it can be any. I don't going to graphic detail that you can imagine but a lot of that is. The nine neglect you tie at the dog to the back of your house and forget about it. And that's terrible in position on the dog it was a social creature who wants to be part of the family. In this that's why. The south has. Did critical reputation around the nation we don't take good care of our pets. They were they solve the animals that we rescued it. Katrina and they were upset with us like by area animals off Hartmann positive violate means you highly underweight. And you know we have to still up our game here doing the job. And I don't imagine especially in the rural areas like in the city of solid season dog and a car. And it's hot they're calling somebody and but if you're isolated in a rural area where acres and acres divide you dismal one seeing that. Great point so another disadvantage. From hidden from sight means we can't offer assistance. So it's challenging that's why we need more community support and that we are making a difference clearly in the a prosecutions are up seizures are up and animals are being helped but he can only stay that way people wanna champions. So a little bit about the history of the humane society of Louisiana and how you roll may have art and evolved over the use. That's tonight's question don't you know that's very often I actually came here from Minnesota back in the day he took. Given age to open 1988. And I saw that was a real neat. And the word humane society not trademark or SP CA so anybody can call themselves either one. And that's why we have 5000 different humane societies around the country and I'm more affiliated. We have national ones and local ones and rescue groups is a lot of confusion because of the same time sounding names. So just pick the ones are you comfortable with make sure that you like what they're doing it that your philosophy and a volunteer or donate get involved because really need your strip the strongest thing you can do is become active. In your own local human and humane side here as BCA as a makes a world of difference. Hands on or educating or you don't take advocacy. Or helping with investigations is all great and makes you feel good inside that you giving that your. The your sense of compassion is really spilling over and making a difference you really need to web site till about the website and what people confined as they navigate well we also encourage people just participate c'mon join us and get active. Interact with us and other animals are on the state. So. Again as humane LA dot org and our FaceBook page we also get a weekly update I give a video one to two minute video of all the cases some of this. Summaries and successes. So every Sunday we post an update. So conceivably vote goes. Very good agreement the appreciate you being joined by jet doors of the executive director of the humane society of Louisiana. Joined now by Chris Jones and Larry urban handing out. Co founders of Brothers empowered to teach the gonna talk about the organization as well as an upcoming event. Chris and Larry thank you so much for being with us. Good morning once you rams want their morning angle for having it let's begin with you Larry Brothers empowered to teach how did you get the idea. We'd like this photo pass and I stories this award it's very different from all of you who we we we really can't rule meant to be here. Two star nonprofit organization or not who shall we religious friends and go to come seasons are low on Chris in his own. Oh we're electrical only a joke post-Katrina justify issues ago. Our expertise what a liar you know caller call will Bagger dangerously Jerusalem borders from New Orleans is she's those years ago from New York while we Cleveland. And goes to show a lot of our stories and perspectives and go to a New Orleans from your perspective for where it would wolves and our children. Over the counters of on launch from you know from these schools respect over and Lee chairman on the ground. Expert's for tomorrow marks president let women wore lesson. And an air to flow from up what was a lot of low flow allows a lot of death blow to criminal element that the Israelis are just a share with the my expert you know going out. Known for education standpoint we're from more from street. But mr. gore and you know we just short life goes and none of opportunities you know come from those counters that we're working toward a lot of opportunities or positive robes occasional black men. Home not only in the sitter when this country and we figured you know ethical comes as a model to stop. Sinaloa total mortgage issue when Joseph over real solutions is with the series so. But are you hearing that made you say let's go beyond. Talking complaining. Or moaning and actually doing something about it what my background as a community development so when I moved here I moved here to help rebuild and finance affordable housing in New Orleans. For folks returning post-Katrina. And so Larry kind of understood it that is what happens in communities and their fabrics sort of frame rate. People act stability and has Amy and I stability and in there access to education so. A category had their perspective when I got here and so sort of it changes post-Katrina. Today education system and so sort of lack of engaging in some of the students who lived around me. You know Playboy and take back my team element now as you know our story and understanding of being in the classroom is where it was in the classroom and before you met. And put it together and then our mutual friend my best friend Hamburg. Gave us linked to the echoing green fellowship which it national social and to press fellowship and which manages that down and took our ideas ammonium all those things and put together what we that would be a program that would engage young men. What we doing Larry in the classroom that is Jefferson Parish newsroom. The longer Kamal Omar but also talked to 212 as the Soviets who who took a different assignments. Home throughout drunken 212 but all schools coach in high school football. Which was remarked Eric Wood to the players from ensor our national a wheel wells told students parents coaches are like that had a natural gift. And of course the communication in a disconnect with with the young Mexican movement of the young black men whom is giving them stance and concepts and our returns the Israelis are really quickly in a district that they're that positive for Connolly enforcement. Our meager shot when I went to a macho from a professional standpoint in it at that juncture in my life in and we also have a coach in home going to transition more so. And Oscar won on the winter players from man known as the so initially in ago you know it was summer came out of from home. Doesn't he told me so dark I was you know among whom can't forget that my model was the was asking you. All for the job spare shares going program of tone from LSU so are coming directly to a day ago. An hour to receive in direct impact a cue from early early Charlie education standpoint are pretty cute you know obviously. They're robed Albright when marchers who were if governor robo form an impact. The job by Christina Jones and Larry Irvin they are current co founders of Brothers empowered to teach they have an event called two ended with a love of fund raiser coming up very soon wind was Brothers impart to teach. Actually formally organized and what point. So with an idea in 2012 in 2014. Thanks to underage at the propeller. We've sat at lunch hour orientation and started with seven young guys who are willing to cut where that's very. Very little money. To test at their idea so what's the idea that's being tested. So the idea is that if we expose young man to with a Career Education early on when there in college making decisions about their future. And we have the opportunity to. Drives them toward careers in education. And how we do that is paying them a little bit. And giving their average anywhere in schools weekly. And then backing man that was some personal development initially and its professional allow them later on so. These Arabs approach is very much as those at approach because Blackman and die in the classroom and on their own 3% and the entire nation. So we want to convince him that the issuer bid in the ancient we have to start out slow. Is it to get them into urban classrooms are just doesn't matter as long as has the presence and increase those numbers from 3% to more. Our approach is urban classrooms folks who public enters school is there's such an acceptance because it's so rare sight to have that interaction with that. Teacher of color. In the classroom so what's not only the reaction. Originally direction you Republicans who missed all four will be here I think overall growth hormone for more relationship. Standpoint own old guys on black mainly for on the one because their way through it. All good reader a read a recession home careful man there's usually supplement columns on natural days and days or so. Home would you really really positive feedback from our Irish from. And I'll see for myself I mean you know we always are day tomorrow fellows. Home what does your Stearns will blend of features or what does it feel like it was it was an outlet for you. And for the more sport to consist diseases always sometime although positive or positive narrative and it's one that always sticks out. Home in retrospect to their academic experience. From that elementary. K through eight student it's always sort of a little bit of surprise rate is they don't really see. Young men of color in the classroom and we've heard the reaction there like O'Leary catalyst I didn't know. We go to college ranks. So to have sort of core of young man ran as they you do that you were known Julio sweatshirt. That look like them and some who came from their neighborhoods they're like no way have you he can do that too. It's the exposure that opens up the imagination and in the world. Tell us about to end it would love fund raiser and look I got it right away I guess I'm old enough to hunt with. We'll let you guys go a year for a I don't think they block the elitist like night and automatically download the mound for the fund may actually I don't think that. Racked up that to add to. As a tennis Pierre is down. Based off of that famous down to sir with love the idea is that. You know if to educate children are going to love them and we need to show them love and so this. Fund raiser is our way of showing adults in the community who have been. Doing big things to show children love and have pushed them positively toward their own goals. To celebrate them so annually we do to out of eleven this year's theme is at night Royale. And the environment the event will really feel like you've got back into the 1920s that as a child Renaissance. From the pin and the idea that theme mostly is bad at our children because we want us to think big about what the plaza. What the future of our children's lest it look like in New Orleans as review with the children new violence as our children. It is on March 9 it's at 6 PM. And we will. Brent injuries Wilson school invited or mr. Greenspan a fantastic job over there he's from the world group and report. We are honoring Ashley heard from the schools for vin rouge. And we are also hearing Michael Cunningham a professor at Tulane University focuses an analyst at fatality particularly with him Monaco it. And now last for first round and hearing. Is Norris Henderson who spent a great deal of time in the penal system has come out and built a wonderful organization called vote in the works with. Folks coming out of prison to help them. Regain their right to vote fine opportunities and be successful post their prison sentence at the website. He even remembered to the lettered T dad OIG. You can follow us. That real bras DH RE a LB RUH yes teach real prestigious institute Grammy and Twitter and our FaceBook page is Brothers empowered to teach initiative. It is a pleasure to meet both of you thank you for being on the Shelvin and we do you have march 9 yeah how good luck. Due to two and two little. That is our show for today thank you so much for joining us until next time enjoyed this Sunday and the rest of your week.