Pledge TODAY: Support OPEN in GiveNOLA 2017

Remember Mikaela? This 4th-grade firecracker graduated the Children’s Leadership Training Institute just last spring. What you might not know is that Mikaela’s mom, FLTI graduate Kim Dejan, is making waves too, turning her “Baking With A Purpose” project into free cooking classes for local kids — and sneaking in some essential life lessons along the way. Read more about Pledge TODAY: Support OPEN in GiveNOLA 2017[…]

Let me tell you about two kids.

Let me tell you about two kids. Jaiden (above) and Mikaela (below, center) came into OPEN’s Family Leadership Training Institute from two very different places. Mikaela’s mom Kim says that “she’s always been a natural leader. When she sees something she wants to change, she speaks out. It’s a struggle to hold it in at Read more about Let me tell you about two kids.[…]

Looking ahead with optimism, yet asking questions: Blog from PLTI Parent Leader Lamont Douglas

OPEN is proud to share this blog post from FLTI parent leader Lamont Douglas, originally published on The Secondline Education Blog. Make sure to follow Lamont on Twitter at @daddyswatch! For the year ahead, I am optimistic and excited about educational gains moving forward in my city and state. A movement for getting more parents Read more about Looking ahead with optimism, yet asking questions: Blog from PLTI Parent Leader Lamont Douglas[…]

What About Us? The Forgotten Generation, by Wilmarine Hurst

As a special project for the inaugural class of the Family Leadership Training Institute (FLTI) — an organization geared towards training parents to become advocates for their children and the community — two young people from the Odyssey House Academy (OH) were interviewed. The purpose was to give these young people a chance to express Read more about What About Us? The Forgotten Generation, by Wilmarine Hurst[…]

FLTI Graduate Brings “Color Garden” to Students

Family Leadership Training Institute graduate Amauunet Ashe has big dreams — and colorful ones, too. Her “Color Garden,” opened in 2014 at Young Audiences Charter School, offers kids hands-on experience planting, nurturing, and harvesting healthy food as part of her Nutrition Adventure community project. This colorful patch of flowers, fruits and vegetables serves as a Read more about FLTI Graduate Brings “Color Garden” to Students[…]

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