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Our Obsession with Punishment Part I: Lessons Learned

I don’t understand our obsession with punishment. The punishment reflex that pervades our schools, homes, and hearts baffles me.  We operate as if these punishments teach positive corrective lessons when … Continue reading

September 30, 2014

Field Report: A’s & Aces

Per usual, it’s been another busy month at A’s & Aces. All of our programs listed in last month’s blog are up and running! We also recently held our first … Continue reading

September 30, 2014

Field Report: CBNO- Emmy Schnitt

Here it is–a new year, a new job, and not to mention a new name! I adopted a new nickname at PSO because there are always so many people named Emily. … Continue reading

September 29, 2014 · 1 Comment

The Convening Month – Olivia Ding

The primary goal of this month was to continue OPEN’s tradition of hosting our Annual Convening. This September 20, 2014,  parents, educators, and engaged citizens were brought together in an … Continue reading

September 29, 2014

Field Report: Partnership for Youth Development – Michael Januzzi

The first thirty days in New Orleans has been a whirlwind. I have always heard grand rumors about southern hospitality and can now say all the rumors are true. Four … Continue reading

September 25, 2014 · 2 Comments

Field Report: Cafe Reconcile – Shang Wu

This month has been an especially busy one as our newly developed volunteer system was put to the test from the get-go, our staff had been reduced so everyone received … Continue reading

September 25, 2014

Field Report: Rosa F. Keller Library and Community Center

This past month at Rosa Keller Library and Community Center has been a whirlwind. On August 23 we were fortunate enough to have Outreach Tulane volunteers come out and help us with … Continue reading

September 23, 2014

NOFTP is Planting for the Future!

This past month I have been focused on organizing a new program for NOFTP. I am excited to announce Planting for the Future, a project in partnership with New Orleans … Continue reading

September 22, 2014

Education until Saturation

Greetings from Plessy! When you guys last heard from me we here at Homer A. Plessy Community School were preparing for the first day of school. I have good news; … Continue reading

September 22, 2014 · 1 Comment

Field Report: Youth Rebuilding New Orleans

This month, I took a trip in my time machine. For starters, being in my second VISTA term at YRNO automatically means I’ve begun to re-live moments, such as at … Continue reading

September 21, 2014



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