Mission Reconcile is a faith-focused organization that is committed to racial reconciliation. Their ultimate goal is to create a sustained conversation about race that will not only raise awareness about racial reconciliation but also reach those in a position to create change in the community.
New Orleans is a city full of culture, passion, and compassion. Whether it be students mingling with locals during Mardi Gras or grandparents dancing with toddlers to jazz music, there is so much love. GiveNOLA Day, hosted by the Greater New Orleans Foundation is a day dedicated to just that-- compassion. On May 1, anyone will have the opportunity to donate online to any New Orleans nonprofit organizations. In past years, GiveNOLA Day has raised around $5 million!
Tawanna Jones has been working in the School District of Philadelphia since October of 2001. She joined the district as a Special Education teacher and has worked as a School Psychologist since 2008. She is currently working toward her Doctorate degree in School Systems Leadership. For her doctoral dissertation, Tawanna’s intent was to focus on boys of color enrolled in special education in Philadelphia public schools. As she progressed through her research, however, Tawanna realized that she hadn’t been paying enough attention to girls in special education, particularly, girls of color. Ultimately, Tawanna shifted gears and is now writing her dissertation on Black Girls’ Perspectives on Education and the American Dream.
Amite resident Erin Wheeler saw a problem with the after-school program offerings in her small, eastern Louisiana town. She and her peers felt that the local schools' after-school programming was subpar to nonexistent, particularly in the areas of leadership, college preparation, and STEM. While STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) is an industry that is in high demand in the workforce, STEM seems to be of low interest for many students. This is because many schools are not given the resources or time to teach STEM subjects in a fun and interesting way that gets the kids involved and excited to learn.
Elvin Howard Sr. was a gardener by day and a production engineer with a local television station by night. He was a lively, loving, upbeat man who poured all of his energy into his passions: God, family, and gardening. In the spring of 2007, Elvin’s wife, Bertha, a nursing professor, noticed that something was wrong with Elvin. In contrast to his typically energetic disposition, he seemed to be constantly tired, losing weight, and his appetite was meager. When Elvin first sought medical attention, he was misdiagnosed with diabetes. However, when Elvin’s skin and eyes started to look yellow - jaundice - his family knew that he immediately needed to seek further medical attention. That was when Elvin was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
Alvin Cain has always been an involved member of his community. As a Louisiana licensed realtor, Alvin participated in several “RED Days” (an acronym standing for Renew, Energize, Donate) across the Greater Baton Rouge, Louisiana metropolitan area while with Keller Williams Realty. These annual days of service inspired Alvin to take further action; while he derived great joy and saw the immense value in participating in RED Day, he felt as though there was more he could do to give back.