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In late 2019, Kellogg Foundation grantees in New Orleans spoke with us on camera about their collective work to create a child-centered city. Months later, the pandemic hit, exacerbating the inequities facing New Orleans’ children, families and communities.
We sat down with our partners – this time by Zoom – to ask how our collection of stories could support the community during these unprecedented months – now nearly two years later.
What emerged is I Am New Orleans, a community-led campaign to discuss local issues of racial equity. Fueled by a virtual platform sharing these stories of New Orleans, the campaign created space for community members to have real – and sometimes difficult – conversations around the inequities in the systems that impact children and families most: access to healthy foods, early childhood education, breastfeeding supports, small business supports and workforce development, among others.
As we go into 2022, we will continue these virtual discussions, seeking solutions that benefit our children. And we hope you will join our conversation socially using #IAmNewOrleans.