Announcing a whole week of parent-centric October events!

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Parents’ Night Out NOLA is a one-week popup event series for parents and caregivers, giving you clear answers and actionable information on your children’s education. Events cover a range of topics, centering around the structures, organizations and resources to help students grow and thrive. Every morning you’ll get resources, tools, and webinars from experts in the field. After […]

Pledge TODAY: Support OPEN in GiveNOLA 2017

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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. […]

Let me tell you about two kids.

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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 […]

What About Us? The Forgotten Generation, by Wilmarine Hurst

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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 […]

Our Young Men Need Strong Mentors

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I see a lack of mentorship for our kids today, especially for our young men. I’m particularly looking at the African-American community and at our children in poverty. When I worked on conflict resolution at Priestley High School, there were many Teach For America teachers who were well intentioned but didn’t know what they were […]

FLTI Graduate Brings “Color Garden” to Students

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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 […]