What’s Your Focus?

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This is a guest blog from our Associate Director of Youth and College Programs, Sarah Barnett. Sarah is a New Orleans native who spends too much time drinking coffee and reading BuzzFeed articles.   The leaves don’t change much during a New Orleans autumn. While friends in other parts of the country are beginning to add layers to their outfits, I’m still rocking flip-flops. I force myself to drink the oh-so-beloved pumpkin spice lattes, even though the face-melting heat will linger here until mid-December. Despite the weather, though, the feeling of fall creeps into New Orleans in other ways: the feeling that it’s time to rest, to regroup, time to rethink and reframe. Our theme for the coming MissionLab year is “FOCUS …

Hurricane Isaac Update

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NOTE: Hurricane Isaac made landfall in southeast Louisiana on August 28. Many areas, especially those outside of the city of New Orleans were affected by this storm. The state of Louisiana is divided into parishes, much like counties found in other states. St. John the Baptist Parish is approximately 30 miles from the New Orleans area. Madison Roussel, our MissionLab Administrative Assistant, is from this area originally, and she explains a bit about Isaac’s impact below.  To say the least, St. John the Baptist Parish has suffered some unfortunate events in the recent weeks.  In mid-August, the small community of Laplace was rocked by a series of shootings that left two sheriff’s deputies dead, and two other deputies seriously wounded …