Fighting Poverty with Passion
My name is Brianna Reddeman and I am so excited to begin my year as an AmeriCorps VISTA. I’m a recent Tulane graduate with a degree in French and International Development and am originally from Alpharetta, Georgia. For the next 11 months I will be working in the Broadmoor neighborhood out of the Rosa Keller Library & Community Center, a beautiful new facility at the intersection of Napoleon Avenue and Broad, right in the heart of Broadmoor.
The neighborhood of Broadmoor has always had a strong sense of community and has been a model of citizen-led recovery efforts after Hurricane Katrina. The residents have had a strong and active voice in the rebuilding of their neighborhood, and it’s truly inspirational to see Broadmoor coming back “better than before.”
My VISTA position as Adult Education and Workforce Development Program Coordinator falls under the umbrella organization Broadmoor Education Corridor. The BEC encompasses the programming at Rosa Keller, Andrew H. Wilson Charter School, South Broad Community Health, and the soon-to-be Arts and Wellness Center. Together these facilities aim to provide a holistic set of resources for anyone who lives, works, or plays in the Broadmoor neighborhood. My job is to assess the needs in the community and develop programming for adult education (literacy, computer skills, job trainings, etc). My first major project will be to create a resource guide for all the already existing adult education and workforce programs and resources in the city.
I’m looking forward to spending a year really investing myself in a New Orleans community and being able to learn more and more about this incredible and dynamic city!