The mission of All Souls Community Center is to dismantle the cycles of poverty and violence in New Orleans’ Historic Lower Ninth Ward community by helping children achieve grade-level proficiency in reading and mathematics. We seek to create the necessary conditions to raise healthy children through youth programming and intentional partnerships.
Founded in 2007, our nine community services and programs include: (1) 9AM Sunday church service, (2) after-school tutoring program, (3) Math/ELA summer camp, (4) youth violin orchestra, (5) Saturday sewing classes, (6) food pantry for neighbors, (7) computer lab access including fax and copy capabilities, (8) meeting space for local groups and (9) short-term housing for volunteer groups.
Recognized by the Office of New Orleans City Council District E as a sustainable catalyst for community development (2013 Proclamation), we have tutored 1,500 children since our inception, distributed over 2,500 lbs. of non-perishable food items as well as 500 lbs. of toiletries, and housed/organized 10,000 recovery volunteers – reinvesting hundreds of thousands of dollars in volunteer construction-labor back into the area. Our programs also provide some employment within the neighborhood as well.
Ninety percent of our program-youth are at-risk for violent crime, teenage pregnancy, and becoming school delinquents. While our children are blessed, talented and have enormous potential – they reside in extraordinarily difficult conditions; their educational environment is very often similarly dire. Given the obstacles our students face in their personal lives and at school, our effective programs serve the most vulnerable children within our neighborhood. We provide a positive/safe environment and academic culture that empowers youth to excel artistically, academically, and socially.