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Serve-A-Palooza in New Orleans: Event Draws Volunteers to BeREAL

Transition Coach Michael Patrick at Serve-A-Palooza

BeREAL* joined 40 local nonprofit and community organizations at the Delgado Community College (DCC) Serve-A-Palooza, an event coordinated by the Service Learning Department at DCC.  BeREAL hosted a booth in the Student Life Center on the Delgado City Park Campus, as hundreds of students came to mill about, enjoy music, food, and door prizes, and learn more about internships and volunteer opportunities. The Office of Service Learning promotes civic engagement and service learning across the College and the Greater New Orleans community.

BeREAL’s Transition Coach Michael Patrick and Director of Education & Career Development Christie Kieschnick were able to connect with many students, professors, and other community organizations about volunteer opportunities with BeREAL—over 20 students signed up for more information about mentoring!  College-aged mentors have proven to be very effective with high school youth, so this was a happy day for the BeREAL team.

“Delgado Community College is the main college that BeREAL youth attend, so the DCC campus was the perfect venue for us,” Christie Kieschnick said. “Serve-A-Palooza offered an ideal opportunity to get the word out about BeREAL and network to learn about other community connections that can benefit the BeREAL youth.  BeREAL hopes to be a part of more events like this at various universities in New Orleans.”

* BeREAL (Ready, Educated, Accomplished Leaders), a project of Lutheran Social Services in collaboration with the Louisiana Dept. of Children & Family Services, provides transition services for youth ages 13-25 aging out of Louisiana’s foster care system, through training, support, and mentoring programs.

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