Soulful jazz by a whiskey battered voice, the aroma of rich gumbo from generations old family

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Soulful jazz by a whiskey battered voice, the aroma of rich gumbo from generations old family recipes, and colossal floats that saturate the landscape with magnificent lights all merge together on Mardi Gras. The local music, food, and cultural is embraced and celebrated greater than any other city I’ve visited. Unfortunately, such a vibrant area is intertwined with widespread crime and poor health. During my years living in New Orleans I fell into the trap of believing there are just some things in New Orleans that can’t be change. Armon Dauphin challenged this. Armon, or Mr. D as referred to by students, is a social worker for a school based health center. Here, students are supplied with medical care, dental care, and social support,…show more content…
He would encourage them to join after school programs to avoid their current path and continued his support by attending all the events he could. Mr D was a big brother to these students. He realized the most effective way to reach his students and prevent them from continuing in criminal activates was to relate on a personal level and actively be involved in their lives. As a health outreach coordinator for the school, I sometimes had difficulty connecting with the students. Attendance of my programs was low and I could not understand why. This is when Mr. D challenged me to understand, connect with, and become the community. I began attending school events. I walked the halls more to become a familiar face. Rather than creating programs for the students, I began planning with the students. From then on I started receiving honest insight into how the students view their own health and of their community. They would open up and tell me the problems they were facing and how I could tailor my programs to address them properly. By connecting on a personal level with students, participation in the outreach programs skyrocketed. After discovering students weren’t eating breakfast, the wildly successful “Free Fresh Fruit Fridays” was created and I became known as the fruit man. Twice a week zumba classes were established when it was realized that some students didn’t believe they could be physically

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