Youth Preparedness Program & Schedule

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2011 Schedule & Events
Wednesday March 16: Joseph A.Craig Elementary School, 200 Students
Tuesday March 29: Phillis Wheatley Elementary School (MIAMI, FL), 50 Students
Friday April 1: Lafayette Academy, 200 Students
Friday April 8: Edgar P. Harney Spirit of Excellence Academy, 100 Students
Thursday April 14: St. Andrews Episcopal School, 100 Students
Sunday April 17: Earth Day Fest & Green Expo Book Signing
Thursday April 21: Brilliance Academy (DALLAS, TX), 50 Students
Thursday May 5: McDonogh City Park Academy, 100 Students
Friday May 6: Holy Name of Jesus, 50 Students
Saturday May 7: The Spanish Moon Baton Rouge Fundraiser
Friday May 13: McMillians Child Care Center, 50 Students
Saturday May 14: Spruce NOLA Eco-Studio
Thursday May 19: Hume Child Development Center, 25 Students
Friday June 3: Official Book Launch
Monday June 6: Zephyrs Baseball Stadium – First Pitch Honor
Wednesday June 15: Kedila Camp of Benjamin Banneker, 25 Students
Thursday June 16: Henry C. Schaumburg Elementary, 100 Students
Friday June 24: Job Corps Medical Technician Class, 25 Students

Tuesday July 5: John Dibert Elementary School, 25 Students
Wednesday July 20: Kidopolis/Tulane Child Development Center, 25 Students
Wednesday July 27: Job Corps Career Center Ceremony, 100 Students
Saturday Aug. 20: Key Club of Thomas Jefferson High School, 100 Students
Wednesday Aug. 24: Ben Franklin Elementary School, 100 Students
Thursday Aug. 25: Resurrection Catholic (PASCAGOULA, MS), 265 Students
Wednesday Sept. 7: Algiers Economic Development Foundation
Thursday Sept. 15: Denver Place Elementary (WILMINGTON, OH), 150 Students
Wednesday Sept. 21: Dr. MLK Charter for Science & Technology, 250 Students
Friday Sept. 30: FEMA Youth Preparedness Summit
Monday October 3: St. Paul’s Episcopal, 125 Students
Thursday October 20: SciTech Academy at Laurel Elementary, 25 Students
Friday November 4: Milestone SABIS Academy, 50 Students
Friday December 16: Louisiana Green Corps

Friday January 13: Miller-McCoy Elementary, 25 Students
Friday January 27: Spectrum Elementary (PHX, AZ), 150 Students
Friday February 24: Strong John Thomson Elementary (WDC), 50 Students
Friday March 23: LA State Citizen Corps Conference
April 19 & May 21: McDonogh 32, 200 Students
February 9 & May 22: Milestone SABIS Academy, 300 Students
Tuesday May 29: Kipp Believe College Prep Graduation, 100 Students
Saturday June 9: Umoja Village Child Celebration, 25 Students
Friday June 22: North Rampart Community Center, 65 Students
Thursday June 28: Community Commitment Inc., Hollygrove Senior Citizen Preparedness Workshop
Friday July 6: Police Athletic League Summer Camp (Tampa, FL), 25 Students
Saturday, Aug. 25: Dinerral Shavers Educational Fund “Back to School Extravaganza,” 75 Students

Thursday Sept. 6: Murray Henderson Elementary, post-Hurricane Isaac assembly, 60 Students
Friday Sept. 14: SciTech Academy, 50 Students
Monday Sept. 24: Greater Institutional, Ruggles and St. Dorothy schools (CHGO, IL), 200 Students
Thursday Oct. 11: Gentilly Terrace, 100 Students
Friday Oct. 26: Roosevelt Middle School (Kenner, LA), 25 Students
Wednesday Nov. 14: A.P. Tureaud Elementary, 270 Students
Friday Dec 7: Fifth Ward Elementary (LaPlace, LA), 100 Students
(Big Wanda safety book has reached 4,000 youth!)

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WHO: Youth Preparedness Program (YPP)
WHAT: Preparedness for kids, children and parents for natural disasters & emergencies.
WHERE: Orleans Parish Elementary Schools & Beyond

THE NEED Disasters disproportionately affect the most vulnerable members of society, especially children. Low-income families are especially susceptible to disasters because they often live in areas more vulnerable to natural disasters and tend to lack discretionary funds, insurance or reliable transportation. For example, 24.4% of the New Orleans population lives below the federal poverty level; 42.6% of that population is comprised of children ages 5 to 17 years-old (2010 Census). Fun, innovative and meaningful educational programs focused on preparedness can help combat vulnerability: planning prevents panic.

Hurricane Season for Greater New Orleans, Southeast Louisiana and the entire Gulf Coast officially begins June 1st and ends November 30th. The immediate months before and after the official start of Hurricane Season provide an excellent window of opportunity for educators to capture the attention of our city/region, preparing youth for mandatory evacuations or the aftermath of a potentially catastrophic hurricane.


The YPP teaches students how to make a family plan, build a safety kit, and stay informed for disasters. Our program includes the book reading of The Adventures of Happy & Big Wanda, which serves as the YPP curriculum core, underscoring: time management, financial literacy, environmental sustainability and outdoor exercise. We incorporate interactive activities to facilitate learning: coloring sections of important survival items, disaster kit checklist, word search and fill in the blank. Students take home individual worksheets: Safety Activity Page and also recite the Safety Pledge, making a personal commitment to encourage their family and peers to become better prepared for disasters.

The Youth Preparedness Program is an applied-research disaster readiness program primarily for ages 6-12; it is effective because we inspire motivated learning through active involvement and meaningful activities in concert with Louisiana’s Grade Level Expectations (GLEs). Our vision: we believe every child can gain value in learning how to be prepared; State of Louisiana Certificate.

TODAY Our team has educated and inspired more than 4,000 students about disaster safety in 30 schools across seven U.S. cities. Program resources are provided at no cost to participating schools and educators, including: local travel for site visits, instructions and materials used to teach lessons (Book & Safety Activity Page).


For more information: or (504)315.5084

PDF: About The YPP
PDF: The Safety Pledge
PDF: About The Book
PDF: Book Order Form

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