As we move into our spring semester, Maturing Champions in Treme′ thru Extended Learning (MCTEL) continues to engage students in intentional after school programming which includes homework help and cultural and physical enrichment. One of the most recent activities that we facilitated with youth was a float decorating contest which marked the beginning of Mardi Gras here in New Orleans. Students used shoe boxes and everyday items to decorate their floats as they competed against one another for first, second and third place. Our younger students were also allowed to participate in the contest with the assistance of older participants. This activity allowed our students to freely design their own floats while teaching them how to recycle and use items within their homes for craft projects that provide them a constructive activity to do in their free time.
On Friday, February 24th we brought a small group of our after school participants to the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas and the Entergy Giant Screen Theater. The field trip was a way for us to keep students engaged while they were on their Mardi Gras break from school and to continue to provide them with the opportunity to participate in activities that may not regularly be accessible to them. The education team walked the students to the Aquarium and the Theater which are both blocks from our site at Bienville Basin and by walking to our field trip we were able to further expose our students to activities and opportunities that are only blocks from their home. Through these activities and others we are able to provide our students with exposure to possible career paths and enrichment activities that introduce them to new ideas and possibilities.
Written by Shantell Lee, Youth and School Engagement Coordinator