Since 2008, LTE has provided in school programs to PreK-8 th graders in New Orleans Public Schools that help develop social skills, create social awareness, and evoke a positive outlook on education. The organization was spawned from the concept that success of any kind must begin with a foundation, or C.O.R.E., of Character, Outlook, Responsibility, and Enrichment. A strong CORE was the catalyst for my persevering and achieving academic success despite growing up under difficult and challenging circumstances. Recalling from my own childhood which experiences inspired me, which approaches lifted my self-esteem, and which did not, I sought the help of professionals in developing and implementing programs like "15-Minute Mentoring", covering topics like alternatives to violence and bullying, "Modern Manners" and "Dream Engineering" Workshops, and "Breakfast-free with Books" to equip children with age-relevant, practical information and alternatives to overcome todays adversities.
Of recent, Psychological Reports [v. 104 no. 1 (February 2009) p. 279-308] indicates that programs like prevention of bullying, mentoring, and life skills training are effective because they ameliorate risks for delinquency occurring during development, and preschool intervention has been associated with reductions in the incidence, frequency, and severity of juvenile delinquency by age 18 [Social Work Research v. 30 no. 3 (September 2006) p. 153-67.] In addition to offering such programs, LTEs unique platform and approach optimizes their chances of success. Scheduling programs exclusively during schools hours in coordination with school representatives who have direct, daily contact with students and who can best convey their social needs maximizes participation and benefit, encourages attendance, and promotes congruency within the school. Giving children information they need in ways they find too compelling to ignore, or giving them "The Burden of Wisdom", has proven to be extremely effective in evoking positive responses from both students and school representatives.
Over the past few years, LTE has earned a reputation among students for "Keepin it Real", and among school representatives for helping students achieve social-academic balance. Because of our record for success and our unique in school presence, school representatives grant us the discretion and exclusivity to implement invaluable programs that would otherwise be infeasible and/or inaccessible to thousands of children in many schools in our community such as those of The Parenting Center, The SPCA, The Department of Juvenile Justice, Family Services of Greater New Orleans, and more. It also affords us opportunities to advocate on behalf of other organizations like Youth Rescue Initiative, Archdiocese of New Orleans, and Metropolitan Center for Women & Children that offer great community services, after school and summer programs, and important resources.
The pressure to achieve academic success is becoming more prevalent and its measures more rigorous. The Character, Outlook, Responsibility, and Enrichment required to achieve overall success should, too, become prevalent, and cultivated as a path to leadership. LTE is empowering thousands of children in New Orleans with a strong CORE to achieve a lifetime of success, academically and beyond.
Carolyn A. Stowe
Mission: Liberation Through Education is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization whose mission is to enhance the academic success of children through C.O.R.E. Programs that help develop social skills, create social awareness and promote a positive outlook on education.
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