Gumbo Project : Scholarship for Teens

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Dear School Administrator,

My name is Happy Johnson and I am the Executive Director of Team Happy Foundation.

I am currently in the 3rd year of a Community Leadership Fellowship with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. As such, I’ve partnered with leaders of two other local organizations, Camp Restore and Community Works of Louisiana, to help spearhead an initiative for a small group of high school students.

The programmatic goals of our initiative, titled The Gumbo Project, focus on exposing youth to the business of food and the rich history behind cuisine in New Orleans.

Logistically, those goals necessitate 5 Learning Sessions and 5 activity Sessions. Our purpose is to create a safe space for students to “break bread and build bridges” through intentional dialogue and cultural exchange.

We are recruiting students from invited high schools citywide and would like to offer three of your students an opportunity to submit an application. The Fall 2016 Cohort will include 10 High School Student Scholars.

Below is a summary sheet with more information about our plan. Click here to submit the Student Application.

Please confirm by Thursday, October 27, if this is something you would like your students to explore.

My assistant, Micheal Arceneaux, is available at 504-315-5083 anytime and any day between 11:30am and 2:30pm (Monday thru Thursday) to answer questions. Key to Phase 1 success is (A) promoting the program among your students and (B) receipt of completed applications. We greatly appreciate your ideas and assistance with those two endeavors! Thank you. Download the Project Overview PDF.



Click here to watch one dynamic Gumbo Project Video: