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 All Souls Community Center


Scholar Success Tutoring Program


The Community Center offers an all new after school tutoring and a music enrichment program that averages 45 student, from Pre-K through 7th grade, from Monday through Thursday from the hours of 3:00-6:00pm. Ninety-nine percent of the students attend Martin Luther King, Jr. Charter school in the Lower Ninth, while one-percent of the students attend Light City, Abrahamson, Harahan and Arise schools. Both programs continue to grow in enrollment due to the unique academic and enriching activities offered. The All Souls Scholar Success Tutoring program provides one tutorial session for students. the Session runs 3:00-5:00pm and averages 35 students. Students are fed a healthy dinner, provided by Second Harvest, from 5:00-5:30pm.

New additions to the tutoring program this year include monthly guest speaker, week-long holistic enrichment themes, integration of other Lower Ninth Ward organizations, and monthly student newsletter. The main emphasis of the tutoring program is homework completion and academic remediation. Students are tutored for 45 minutes on homework or academic remediation and then partake in 35 minutes of enrichment, if homework is completed. Week-long enrichment themes include literacy week, fitness week, Mardi Gras/Valentines day week, nutrition week, Black History week, yoga week, environment week, poetry week, pottery week, to name a few. Tabor Fischer, a long time committed All Souls volunteer from LeMoyne College, along with LeMoyne college student volunteers, led literacy week as part of their service week. In January, author Elton Foster came to read his book, Cleopatra Alexandra and Other Adventures in Verse, and lead a question and answer session to the students. For Fitness week, newly signed Dallas Cowboy football player, Micah Pellerin, came to conduct fitness tests and promote academic, healthy and inspirational lifestyle choices to the students. Upcoming speakers include Diane Plauche’, a dedicated volunteer of the tutoring program, who will speak about her experiences at the Presidential inauguration and Kids Dental, an organization that presents healthy dental practices to children programs through plays, puppets and presentations. With the integration of the community organizations of Tekrema Center and Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development, students will experience yoga and African dance, and a history of the environment surrounding the Lower Ninth Ward. All this would not be possible without the help of dedicated staff and volunteers. Currently, the tutoring staff includes three teachers that have over combined 30+ years of experience, ten regular volunteers, two administrators, and one van driver.  

All Souls Community Center also provides meeting spaces and volunteer lodging. In the fall, the Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development, hosted Grocery Store for a Day, on All Souls’ parking lot. Lowernine.org consistently hosted meetings every Friday in the fall at All Souls. Volunteers from all over the United States stay at All Souls. Many volunteer with organizations in the Lower Ninth Ward, as well as at All Souls. Much of the building of All Souls and the repairs that are done to All Souls is provided by the volunteers that stay at the Community Center.
 
 

Artscape 2013: Summer Camp

 

During the summer months, traditionally, the Community Center offers a 7-week summer camp. This upcoming year, All Souls will be partnering in a joint 5- week summer camp on the campuses of Tulane University and Loyola University with four other organizations in New Orleans that serves at risk youth. Artscape 2013 will bring together children, from the ages of 5 through 12, from St. Anna’s Episcopal Church in the Treme neighborhood, Freret Neighborhood Project in the Uptown neighborhood, All Souls Community Center in the Lower Ninth Ward neighborhood, and Progressive Baptist in the Central City neighborhood. The camp will serve a combined 110 children from the four at-risk neighborhoods. The goal of Artscape is to expose the children to other children in the same socio-economic situation from different neighborhoods in New Orleans, and planting the idea of college into each child’s head. Artscape 2013 exposes the children to diversity, inclusion, and the idea of college. Most of the children at All Souls have not been exposed to a college campus as most of their parents do not have education levels beyond high school. Also, many of the children at All Souls have not been exposed to areas outside of the Lower Ninth Ward or Chalmette. The structure of Artscape focuses on academic enforcement during the months when students are not in school. Students will attend academic classes from 9:00-11:00 am then have recess from 11:00-12:00pm. From 12:00-1:00pm, students eat lunch together and then proceed to enrichment from 1:00-3:00pm. At the end of the day, from 3:00-5:00pm, students will participate in recreational sports. The students will also go on field trips to cultural institutions in New Orleans. Transportation will be provided from each site for the students. Volunteers that are scheduled to stay at All Souls during the summer camp will volunteer at Artscape. Tabor Fischer of LeMoyne College, along with LeMoyne college volunteers, will be partnering with Artscape to provide a literacy week as the first week’s theme. Vacation Bible school will be Artscape’s week five theme.
 
The structure of Artscape focuses on academic enforcement during the months when students are not in school. Students will attend academic classes from 9:00-11:00 am then have recess from 11:00-12:00pm. From 12:00-1:00pm, students eat lunch together and then proceed to enrichment from 1:00-3:00pm. At the end of the day, from 3:00-5:00pm, students will participate in recreational sports. The students will also go on field trips to cultural institutions in New Orleans. Transportation will be provided from each site for the students. Volunteers that are scheduled to stay at All Souls during the summer camp will volunteer at Artscape. Tabor Fischer of LeMoyne College, along with LeMoyne college volunteers, will be partnering with Artscape to provide a literacy week as the first week’s theme. Vacation Bible school will be Artscape’s week five theme.

     

New Program: Sit N Sew

 

Our latest addition is “Sit ‘N Sew,” a program to teach basic sewing skills to interested adults and youth 15 years and older. A small fee is charged and scholarships are available. The instructors volunteer their time and skills and participants bring their own sewing machines in addition to donated ones.

 

City Hall Proclamation

All Souls received a Proclamation at City Hall from Councilman Gray on January 24, 2013, for our efforts of the tutoring program and also the continuing impact of our programs on the youth of the Lower Ninth Ward.