Thanks for checking out our site. Look around and meet some of the most remarkable young people you’re likely to meet. Most college students in southern California spend their Spring Breaks at the beach or in the mountains, enjoying some well-deserved time away from their studies. The remarkable young people you’ll meet here are a bit different. They spent their Spring Break in New Orleans, swinging a hammer in a righteous cause as they helped with the ongoing rebuilding efforts in New Orleans.
The city has made remarkable strides in its recovery efforts, but the rebuilding efforts are not proceeding at the same pace for everyone in the city. There are many places in New Orleans that still feel the effects of Katrina. Away from the French Quarter and the more affluent parts of the city, houses still remain empty. Vacant lots sit where homes once stood. Twenty percent of New Orleans’ pre-Katrina population still is unable to return to the city. There is still a lot of work to be done, and the people of New Orleans are some of the most resilient people in the world. In the absence of a coherent plan to rebuild the city, they are taking matters into their own hands. Neighborhoods like the 8th Ward and New Orleans East are putting themselves back together, street by street, house by house, family by family.
Your help—your willingness to make a financial contribution and your willingness to share this link with everyone in your social and professional networks—will ensure that CSULB students will be able to document their civic engagement as they work shoulder-to-shoulder with the people of New Orleans.
Dr. Tim Caron
Alternative Spring Break Program Director