Park Scholars in New Orleans
Each January, Park scholar seniors participate in a one-week service trip in New Orleans, Louisiana, assisting with the ninth ward’s rebuilding efforts. This annual service experience is co-chaperoned by the program director and a Park Scholar alumna, and participants volunteer through local nonprofits.
Through this service programming, Park scholars not only complete “hands-on” volunteer work via rebuilding projects, but also utilize their media skills to document—and ultimately communicate—the city’s continued need for assistance.
While in New Orleans (and in the months immediately prior to the service trip), scholars also participate in a series of discussions that situate their service in relation to examinations of social justice, race, urban development, educational policy and media representation.
Read more about the scholars' experiences and reflections here.