Wednesday, April 9, 2008
NOLA YURP staff members Kendrick Pullen and Nathan Rothstein were invited to participate as facilitators for the Anti-Defamation League's Unity Through Understanding Day. The workshop/conference was attended by nearly 150 high school students from around the city to provide an open forum for these students discuss issues of race, class, and religious discrimination with students from around New Orleans.
The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 “to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.” Now the nation’s premier civil rights/human relations agency, ADL fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
The Theta Phi Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. located at the University recently honored two outstanding community leaders for their service to the New Orleans community. Dr. Earl V. Bryant, tenured professor of English, at the University of New Orleans and Mr. Shannon Verrett, principal, Pierre Capdeau High School were honored at a ceremony at UNO's Alumni Center Ballroom. NOLA YURP co-sponsored the event to help highlight two individuals that are working to groom the next generation of YURPs here in New Orleans. Kendrick Pullen, NOLA YURP Program Director, gave closing remarks praising these two leaders and also highlighting the work that NOLA YURP is doing to make sure their efforts are not in vain.
The New Orleans Museum of Art, the Louisiana Children's Museum, the Idea Village, the Young Leadership Council, the Young Friends Society, and NOLA YURP teamed up to host a networking event at the New Orleans Museum of Art. Over 200 people attended to see some great art work, hear spoken word poetry from Asali Devan, and vibe to the tunes of DJ Damion Yancey. Local non-profit organizations were also on-hand giving out information and recruiting volunteers. We were also delighted to host students from Yale University, the University of Pennsylvania, and American University. An extra special thank you goes to all the groups involved to make this event possible.