May 7, 2017|
United Way’s Terri Westerfield discusses the many services offered by the United Way of Southeast Louisiana.
United Way’s Terri Westerfield discusses the many services offered by the United Way of Southeast Louisiana.
United Way’s Terri Westerfield discusses the many services offered by the United Way of Southeast Louisiana.
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Everyone luck and united way lives united I'm so proud today to welcome friends and guests in from dry ads YMCA. JH banks. He is the director of the dried YMCA school of commerce welcome. Katrina is the chief science officer at the dry heads why a look at three up some mornings here and Jermaine bridges. Jermaine is the director of the youth development programs from Germany and more on all of you who are joining us today unlike you know that you're not a way of southeast Louisiana has a blueprint for prosperity. We went to eradicate poverty in our region and are strategically investing in programs and initiatives collaborative an advocacy efforts to meet our community's greatest needs we have a bold vision of equitable communities are all individuals are healthy educated. And economically stable. In Jefferson Orleans plaque Simmons. Saint Bernard saint Tammany tangible and Washington parishes. The united way of southeast Louisiana's oldest community impact partners. Is to dry it YMCA. It's often said if you need that you confided that the Y and that's because the quantity is a constant. In any community. Especially in central city. Or dry it's why plays an important role and is constantly adapting to the needs of the community helping people find a brighter future. And folks this is almost opened because they're so many directions. In which we can go so many things are always taking place to dry it's Katrina I'm kind of looking at you to start the ball roll it if you don't line. Because you've been a long time and you enjoy it and it Jermaine you just see all the good that comes out of the drives why. We have it we pride ourselves on being able to service children from if it's to adulthood derive there is programs that we offer at the line CA. You hear mr. bridges talk about IE development program which is I yields. We also have our early childhood program which services. Infants from age one to the age of five and then we have the ability for those dues to gain transfer and so glad charter school which didn't pay his kindergarten through eighth Corey is still we have like eight transition pool. A bright kids can stay with us for a number of years. And then we also we cannot forget. Really plays a big role Jay Nady could talk about that a bad. This school comers dues paying adult workforce development training program that has been in existence since 1928. Amount of programming has morphed over the years to fit whatever the community needs warrant terms of training professionals. The wise focused on giving people the two that they need to qualitatively improve their quality of life. And at one point when the training required secretarial skills than school of commerce focused on secretary steals when it was. Pipe fitting after the war when that was much construction on all we focused on that now we're focused on allied health training. And we have a nationally accredited practical nursing program. That has all the bells and whistles that. In these school as anywhere we're very proud that we can. Transition. Worker and people from being the low wage earners to people making any real salary in a medical career that they can substantially. Improve them and their families quality real. And that goes in with united way and the Alice report which stands for asset limited income constrained. Talk about our hardworking taxpaying. Workers here that we are trying to elevate them to find this kind of workforce development so they can continue to move up and deserve the pay that there earnings. Well there is no no magic mom his Mo Dixon does know. Elixir and no intimidation that you can chance to say make par would go away and is going to disappear but she can effective. One family at a time and if you improve. The skills no one family that transitions throughout the community because that one family is no longer burdened. It becomes a taxpaying assets and we are excited about what we did. And very very proud and trying to expand the program and currently it is practical nursing but we aren't in the process of opening. A medical billing and coding moderator for the idea of the waiting for approval from. Accredited to get that but that's going to be enough prepared very shortly. And we have very very excited about making sure. That is services that we provide our top notch first class that our students are prepared to pass a licensing exam and more importantly. Prepared to function as professional nurses. Would you like to come back to would talk more about that and specifics and for people or interest in what we're trying to register it. You've got gave me a great sex way earlier because you're talking about. What do won it all begins at the beginning role that's what education. And it begins with a early education too because it can get our tiniest tots learning and going and staying in school. And being prepared for success when theater school well that's that's quite a battle that's already been one is an intimate. Yes it is and at the why we focus on holistic child so we wanna take them. From cradle to career as the week's done at the begin and end. Taken him through recruiting and when you development program is that that's folks focuses on a holistic person so trying to reach the mines spirit and the body. When our program sold to some of the basketball and other sports program and we do this. Not only basketball that we use of basketball and as a tool to kind of help mentor Aaron and everything again gone and also same thing when house some account. We don't want let them go at the school wanna kind of take the someone learn a loss so we bring some a program that some enrichment so you not only have a fun in the summer. You learn why you haven't formed so we try to. Underwear remain together file when you and they could go on to adulthood and be successful adults. And in that goes back to what you're talking about Katrina is just kind of the stepping stones to a successful life. Exactly and we pride ourselves on being able to. To cervical. You know from the violence the littlest from point years into the adult at age 20/20 five minutes we'll amnesty program. So we're very proud to be able to service the entire family and I juicy part of the family and help that'll they'll execs exceed. What you are such an institution me in all aspects of the war there and enough central city how people. Do participate overall and programs and within the different schools do not own any idea. Thousands out and away extrapolate. The federalism extended families and and it's very difficult to find a family in New Orleans. That is being here for any period of time mechanism that somehow it's somebody. That was touched directly about the lie. We have been here. Since 1905. And the fact that. We have been a resource was still be in the opportunities and they're very few families here that have been here. For awhile Ben I have not had any family members come through our doors at some point. And this is something that. Whenever talk about central city at night I should say that you're the heartbeat aisle who think of that but so much more because the why does extend. Ever wish physically located in central city but we have programming throughout we power our clientele comes from throughout the city in the region. We recently had program is for. But the river as saint James parish. We we don't have any pride of ownership. When media. We go way there and it is needs and we are trying to make a difference whoever we have the ability and resources to do so. Well as you mentioned with. The school of commerce and how you've adapted to start off with a secretarial pool holes were needed now you're into a higher skilled in the nursing and things. Is that what it is literally at any what are you please speak up with programs you see is a community is a region changes. You try to fill that ish which what is needed and. That's precisely amendment as it needs we are there to try to fill it and while we don't have answers are all the problems. We're gonna try to fix the ones that we can and we when you came and you talked about. Happy where that the while I was there. To provide office space for you know I'm aware of and he brought it could during the that was in need after Katrina to open the school. The first public schools opened on this out of the river passes hurricanes. Was our school and I remember people were rushing to get back. They were arrested and get back in this whole thing that they want to live here it's an open a school we went from zero capacity in and day. Obviously working its here and I am very proud of the fact that aisles of part of that the reality of it is is that if other entities and agencies that stepped up. And do with the YD of the recovery would be much further roll call him where it is today and I still think we're Fuller Rick that we are recovering. But I know that the wise has been at the forefront of doing that. Today that we open. I think it was a monumental damages to Neil is that as we show that we weren't coming back and and that was just a wonderful wonderful things for the for the why do. Assume we'll take a little step back and eastern because I do remember all time vividly. And with all the doctors was around us that was one very very bright shining a light. And it drives I remember meeting a mother with three children her husband stayed behind I believe in Dallas issue driven. This entire time had just the kids were asleep in the back of the car. Because she heard the school was opening. And she wanted to get back and be sure because she. She's that I have in this remember we just all learning how to text back that we didn't do it is much. If that was down you just wanted to be sure that she figured the only issue we can get in school kids there. She was just gonna take them and drive all the way through the night. Rolled up and was in tears because she was so excited to see that the one who was. And that memory has been with me Turkmen all of these years. And poignant ballads it's one part of yeah school open and Muslim Pomona the opening the doors but you know I'm a well Zogby. You know and we operate about building. We did upstairs and for quite a few months yet until we could make other plans and we're still waiting for the for some moderate or five feet of water and let. Don't go away so we can go in and repair stage shows how agencies and communities. Need to work together to rapidly adapt. Andy image shows the bit dexterity of the wise and that what they need is we will try to fill it now you guys needed space museum and a win is critical. To this city and you guys need someplace to be now. I promise you nowhere in our mission statement as it everything. That we go via properly. Land only to let out space is that the media agencies but there was a need to have. Space available and we made it available that's what we do what the while we make things happen with the resources. That we have. What do it would I was taken back. Five and there with the new building had just recently that we talked about but it's still ongoing that the easy to had a lovely cafeteria. These kids for the school and everything. And that's what kind of twist this conversation a little bit back over you germane because. Healthy eating he would Wear in the midst of Katrina just coming back and topical news but bear with me if you move forward. Bringing in fresh vegetables bringing in all these things who have kids who have been eating. That deals and and I forget the name and date Katrina how I can't. Are the right processes we're out of it all current Red Cross but they are brought a little. Meals that you take with you what you're in the service of things to see fresh food fresher vegetables everything yet they jerk but not think of it. That was there and we're so delighted never Dicey in children so excited to eat vegetables into. And market its pilot. But it was beautiful and that's kind of thing that you carry on. You working now to make sure that it's the mental than physical. Health of our children and all the way up this. So we even now after school programs and provide healthy snacks on and a half the known so they could. Get accustomed to eating healthy and even when that event that just passed that would help BK is the we and helping cooking demonstrations when we show kids. Howdy healthy with how to properly permit prepare healthy meals along wit. Making it taste good city that only it doesn't have to have that taste bad just because it's healthy to. Talk taught him that and a whole lot of stuff about diabetes prevention and about how to prevent diabetes by Ian Wright. And everything so we just try to take on that and accountability we're working with the unit trying to show on different ways to. Prolong life and live a healthy lifestyle. And it's key and also for small brains are and we're rapidly developing youth. You've got to feed the brain as much as you feed the body so that you can learn and continue to be successful and move forward. Yes yes it. Eating eating right is. These key as a part of the legacy it's to growing have a healthy brain have to have Norris about they have they have Norton has yet to put the proper food and they get the proper function and everybody. We turned Japan I would ask you because you mention basketball and hockey to have different programs and things we've heard for years about midnight basketball that's still ongoing correct. We actually don't have it at that drives went seeing them anymore and city actually took it over okay and out we do have self starter and others you started that's why was this and I thought I kind of thought it would gone in and come back and and actually saw news clip it start. I talked about it long before the hurricane and then we headed for a short time after the hurricane. And in this serious now taken over we are very you know that's fine in the as long as the services are getting out in its open those kids fail the street at night equality to the demonstrates that crime goes down. Women midnight basketball. Processes in place and we were glad that we are glad that we were the star of it and glad that it's grown to where it is that. And also I would think that the programs that Jermaine that you're involved and you oversee kind of L interconnect with that because you've got a lot of kids values to use the term what latchkey kids. After school going home mom and dad are working grandmother or they're out you need a plays come back to Hawaii safe have a good time get physical activity. Gender should your body and your brain to yes it. We also we have another league that we do is do that we don't Friday night he kind of command and you see dole community and as a legacy as some of the latch key kids. It just kind of hang around awhile for the festivities as gold laws on what to leave in just why is like a big home never violent communities so Friday night. Either come anissina whole community and that he if did not take import in a game it just enough for election. And that in itself is very important is it goes back to the idea of community how strong it is. In central city and again involving the YMCA. Exactly and the other part there where and when meaning is. All of our students who looks and James into the charter school as well is our. Babies in day care Jaffray never ships out wellness and so that also gives them the ability to. I hold the key is we teach them how to use the equipment so they have the ability to go in use the equipment to help them to work out and maintained. Then healthy style of living they also had the ability to use a swimming pool. And we're also involving a baby is where we're going to teach their. How to prevent from drowning well we're probably one of the only daycare centers that offer this service to a baby's mother of four euros in the and that is. Very important we live in Venice of the salt water is everywhere and what is the old you can drop in the bucket of water into heckling. Wow so that's important you again and you've got everything covered I would ask you in terms of the school and and learning when you're that young I had the privilege of being over there in the past. It was at the old building in the original why and they were so many things used to have the most marvelous. Graduation ceremonies in the part proud parents and the kids. And right on target matching all these requirements are learning they were just doing an outstanding job over there. Yes we straddle. Are proud of ourselves because we. Is you know the Department of Education is pretty much taken over the day care centers. So they have implement in the TS goals strategies where those uncles are implemented in the classroom. And most of our kids we all meet the 8% milestone where they leave. Can't start ready for kindergarten. Umps are marquis is actually transition to our charter school. And we always excited teaches over there are kids doing and they always say you know your kids that are. The brightest of the bunch big time and on target ready to learn and be pretty much are at the top of their. It because there already prepared a physics I think it's always time to go to big school exactly speaking of big school we're to talk adult school again Jay if I get. Ask you to talk some more about what's going on right now because. The opportunity for the it'd nursing kind of skill set some of the things that your doing. Big class is how do people get involved who have been listening to what it no more. Be website. Is available draws YMCA dot com if you call us 504. 522 ABB eleven. We'll be happy to give you the information and take your name and that as we are in session now. We hope to have a new class starting in the fall. I'm still waiting for old state approvals and we have to do that but that is what. What the plan man. Right now. They're desperate need for trained medical professionals here in New Orleans. We do not guarantee that you'll get a job. However. The likelihood that you will is extremely. Once you finish this program and while we do we are not Ian. The business to make sure that you get a job we are in the biz to make sure that you prepared to get its. When you leave this program you will have the skills necessary. To be able to pass them quick exam and to be able to function as a nurse. Now the new programming is medical billing Inco medical coding in Billings. Which is the next great frontier widow of his computer technology. And there is going to be a desperate means. To have people prepared to do that everything from doctors' offices to hospitals. Oh going to be involved in this process and people have to be trained to do it. So we're literally doing the proposal now to the creditor. To get that approved we'd change with the needs of the community and those positions are vitally needed now you know we've got a bunch of branding and hospitals are known at that biomedical research facility is open. And I'm as much as some of us don't want him made that we are getting older. And senior care facilities are on the rise and is going to be an even greater me. To have medical professionals they would take a blow us when we finally get to be season that the citizens. Only baby boomers are aging had a we we don't we are getting there so. To the chagrin of some but the relativity as we are going to need to care. And the wise at the forefront of front to details have professionals trying to do. Easy when you're talking about all this coating that that is a completely true I've been reading a number of articles. Just from personal experience and lately and some doctors' offices. Trying to find trained professionals can do that and speak together. And speak with each other not only via computer but. But coating has become so important every day in everything that they do and it has to match and some call one thing and some on another or putting it together making sure that both the doctor and the patient. Are receiving what they need. We think what we do is is just holistic approach to do trying to make this whole community and a because the individuals. That is train. Will be in a position to get a real job to make room on and his supporters are failing. But then the services that they provide will benefit the rest of the community because the community desperately needs Steve's dream medical professional so it's the benefit all the way around and we are. I'm and I would love to be able to expand that sort of fear in me. Major donors out there that wanted to government sponsored new buildings fall as we need that. But the more space and the bigger we all I think the better we now because we we can definitely provide the services that are vitally needed. And Jake can you tell her now how many folks or enrolled in the current class this current class has sixteen students and it. We can have up to thirty per class. But it comes down to being able to pass the interest exam and the state minimum requires us to the diploma or ged. You have to test proficient on the entrance exam the other thing our program is often in the evenings. So it's done so that working people can continue to war. But you got to be serious about this is not only game is not only fund. And what is going to be is a serious commitment from you. Because you likely to have to go to war all day. And incomes have with us from Monday through Thursday from five to 1030 every day wow and I mean it's a real commitment and and we have very small class sizes because we're committed to making sure. That everybody gets what they mean boo Wie also. Don't wanna just taken about his money for the sake of taken that we wanna have people with serious about. Trying to be successful and if you aren't serious about trying to do that. That we really don't want to take up the space that game the wise motivation is not how much money we make is how many lives we can impact and we are not going to be able to positively impact your life. And we really don't need you there so we we keep the class is small for that purpose. In the intention is to it does have additional classes but still have this long quest. And it's at that personal touch of that they're going to get that kind of training that teaching that they need. The teaching that they need is going to be hands on in the windy come up is video going to be. And that's Lincecum again go to the YMCA. To dry SY NCAA dot org com com. Okay one more time and that's phone numbers you'll get that one more time please I'll literal form. 52288211. Amazing things that you're doing. I have to ask you could treat him as a chief financial officer Jay mentioned if we get haven't had a really. Is this something that you're looking at is there a campaign that you got going on right now arsenic looking for us an opportunity to expanded anything. Well we now is that the opportunities to expand to carry on right now. Four Akram get a do we receive a lot of funding from the state. And as you know the and the state doesn't handing him any right now I don't have but we're constantly looking the different donations and I contributions to help us build a new building. Because we have started. Building up footprints on where the building is going to be now we just fetuses. To secure additional funding to get the distractions are and what will the building house. Is going to house as some of the charter school is also going to house all of the school commerce. And maybe even apportion a baby one client and they care to service those students that need be in the school commerce who need it. Beds evening daycare services for those children. Now that isn't it's very special too because of what you've just said. And that it's hard if you're working mom or dad and may be a single parent or don't have child care because. The other parent regarding is out working. As you said Jay here to be serious you've got to be. Have you be serious review and get hot and child care to guess one of the things that most proud. Our school is different than most in that we will go the extra mile to try to facility. Your success and and this is not something that we. We intended to do just what we do in terms of we've been the last play that was a young ladies who who has could get there. And she would bring this time and we provided. Space for him to do this all or Garrity was implicitly if you. Those schools would do that. Both schools have a whole different folks but we have a lot and we don't afraid of Cuba that's not something that Africa conservative enough of them. Want to happen because it gives us a whole other layer so that we've got to be responsible for. But if some that we needed to do that as the eminently right now there Protestant. She finished you know DN and she transitioned over to did go out with she's going to be Koreans want him to be here that's our conduct that got to do that because at this truly that is sent us the story and her son. It's been meany mean actually I was the one that city and they had a doing his homework and that's just that's just what the wide. Bills kinds of things owning usual. So we are. Notably different the other part two schools. Figo bill with the services that we've. I think it is why has big heart you are very big party. And and the and germane here is folly of that tip. A little bit before we go it didn't get missed just a little update and some of the things that are going on for the summer time you mention the beginning of the show. But if there's that number or people can call or again if errors should go to the web site. People wanna make sure that their kids are enrolled in summer camp and the things you've got going on the different programs. Or also how much if somebody wants to volunteer and help you out. If somebody wants the violence in Aiken gone to our web site is dries want to see that com or contact us at viable for. Five to 28080 Levin and also for someone can be register on line and we have a great summit campus Dennis won't summer camp. So we actually teaching kids out of swamp. Also it corroborate his young which is science technology engineering and mathematics. We actually have. Doctors and engineers come in and work with the key is they do such thing is that second sheep horse was is the same as a human arsenal and about the chambers and aren't. And everything so it's a great summer program and also did learn into combat. Some learn a loss that you learned throughout the sum of seeing me go back to school he's still fresh in battles and and the thing. So which the F taking campers and about wanna sign that they go to the website again is that tries YC background occurrence that 1005 to two. 8811. Which you said that you're going to have fun and learn at the same time. Yes this so we do such things that we have. Of course chatter that Matta so. What do you have fun but is is the language so you learn and what you have a foreign. So you not bacon but you still doing kind of school I worked out so we just kind of tricked them as a learn why have a fun. Katrina. Only to have the last word tell us what are some of the things we can do for the community to get involved with the dries YMCA. Of course well is looking for volunteers we have a lot of youth development programs that we would love to have some balance your coach is come -- and volunteer soccer coach is we would like to study gymnastics programs that anyone who wants the balance heated seats anger as envoys and gymnastics and elect to have you we always welcome people in our day cares and there something Madonna like that littlest because they Tutsi elite but I thought you know you we always laughing but it coming your reads that babies because they love that extra attention and just kind of story time. Only your indicated to the summertime so we will allow people to come maybe I'm teach our littlest unless there's an appalling given the pool with us and help. Yeah and learn how to prevent drowning. Still investigating if you wanna come out here it is called the lack. We also have our reach Iraq's program which is I'm answering program so we knew bounty has been and is well bills adults who have extra time. Who want to spend some time with some troubled teens or. Some. Teens who don't hand are from single parents please come out and bounce here and their program as well you can Collison battle. Fourth at two to 81. Well again you have so many things going on so many programs. Let's say what we do well make a promise right now that. Before this school year begins again once this ends environment is August and September all around. We come back let's talk about how everything is turning out and the needs to what you have an hour people who get involved again we do that. You have mile or we can do. Thank you all for joining us. I'm Jerry Westerfield for you not aware I would again thank Jay H bank who is the director of the dry it's one MG school of commerce. We want to thank Katrina Reid who is the chief financial officer. And Jeremy Bridges who's the director of youth development. Think you're also very much for joining us. Don't know if southeast Louisiana as a blueprint for prosperity. To eradicate poverty our region. We're strategically investing in programs initiatives collaborations. And advocacy efforts to meet our communities Greece needs you can find out more hours and FaceBook actually got a ways seal. Or followers on Twitter at united ways Sheila thanks for joining us and let's all live unite.