Sensory Safe Spaces

Sensory Safe Spaces

Sensory Safe Spaces

GPS Project

Project Description

The sights and sounds of a festival or any large scale event can be very overwhelming, especially when there’s nowhere to retreat to. Think of a Mardi Gras Parade…you’ve been standing all day, the music hasn’t stopped, you may be hungry, cold…hot…like you want to crawl out of your skin…You don’t want to leave the parade for good but your brain is telling you: I just need a minute!! Or, what if you are in a wheelchair and need to change, but there’s no accessible changing station close by? This is where Team Sensory Safe Spaces comes in.

Team Sensory Safe Spaces will team up with that particular event to provide an inclusive space for ALL to rest, refresh, and decompress before enjoying more of the event. At these designated spaces, there will be sensory tents (hello shade and decreased noise), sensory bags to be given out (think fidgets, sunglasses, earplugs, gum), calming activities (art, sensory bins, and bubble machines) and much more to ensure that those who may be overwhelmed or just need a break can still experience and enjoy their time.

One key (and hopeful) feature of the space will be to provide a changing area for individuals who are in wheelchairs or still have difficulty with bowel and bladder control. There will be a designated tent (not necessarily at the main location) that can still provide the appropriate accommodations and autonomy that everyone else has at an event. We all need and deserve an opportunity to take a break and chill at large scale events. To date, there is nothing like this in our community. The Beluga Project, in conjunction with Festival International, helped create the first space like this at Festival in April 2022. The positive feedback we received throughout and the call to do more of this is apparent, however, we need funding to make this space work over and over, not just one time. From durable tents, to filling the sensory bags, we need our community to help make this happen…one inclusive event at a time. Thank you 24 Citizen Project for helping make this happen!

Project Details

Team Leader: David Pilon
Funded Date: November 5, 2022
Amount: $3,000
Location: Lafayette, LA

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Project Updates

Sensory Safe Spaces  Update #1

Sensory Safe Spaces Update #1

Dear the (coolest, funkiest and most supportive) community members, First of all: THANK YOU. Thank you all: the backers, our team, the other teams, the 24 hour citizen/civicside team, YOU, to those you’ve told, et al. We are so grateful. We learned and will continue...

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Lemonade Stand

Lemonade Stand

Lemonade Stand

Project Description

We’ve all heard the common phrase “when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade”. The Lemonade Stand Project will allow youth to use their lemons to make a difference instead! By combining lessons on entrepreneurship, marketing, sales, basic construction, and quality control, youth at the Granberry Boys & Girls Club will build a lemonade stand brand and use the proceeds to impact local community initiatives.

There are nearly 1,500 nonprofit organizations listed in Lafeyette alone. Those organizations serve missions rooted in education, youth development, homelessness, hunger, and plenty of other meaningful services. Today, youth struggle to identify where to fit into the equation and how to make an impact while gaining useful skills in the process. The Lemonade Stand Project will allow youth to do just that! The club will partner with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Louisiana Entrepreneurship & Economic Development Center to deliver lessons and mentorship to participating youth to teach them important skills to develop their lemonade brand and business. Youth will then implement those lessons to pitch three lemonade stands across Acadiana on National Lemonade Day! 30% of each sale will remain in business to purchase supplies for the next year. Our teams of kids will spilt 10%. The last 60% will be donated to a community organization determined by participating youth. The first step of the project will be to devise a business plan for the lemonade stand. In the process, youth will gain valuable business skills, earn some money, and make a difference all through this project!

Project Details

Team Leader: Micah Nicholas
Funded Date: November 6, 2021
Amount: $3,315
Location: Lafayette, LA

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Lemonade Stand Final Update

Lemonade Stand Final Update

Jackie Unit - Lemonade Stand 12 participantsFunds raised: $706.40 (353 cups of lemonade)Charity of choice: The Outreach Center of Lafayette (Contact-Director, Bruce Gilcrease) 75% to The Outreach Center of Lafayette - $529.80 25% to kids for group celebration -...

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Lemonade Stand Update #3

Lemonade Stand Update #3

September 1st 2022 Dear Community, The Boys & Girls Clubs of Acadiana is launching a month-long entrepreneurship program at our two Lafayette Clubs, thanks to the 24-Hour Citizen Project. One of our premier programs at the Boys & Girls Club is “Career Launch”....

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Lemonade Stand Update #2

Lemonade Stand Update #2

Dear Community, We have been very busy since our last update! We were able to begin planning for our big day: August 20! Our kids are eager to get started and begin partnering with businesses to promote our lemonade stand. We will begin the entrepreneurship classes...

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Team Lemonade Update #1

Team Lemonade Update #1

Dear Community, Our club kids and families are still riding the excitement of being funded! It was, without a doubt, one of the highlights of our year. Over the last few weeks, we have made progress on our project in preparation of the August 22nd event. We’ve shared...

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Oasis Food Pantry

Oasis Food Pantry

Oasis Food Pantry

Project Description

The Oasis Pantry will serve as an alternative food resource for the Oasis Community. Constructed in an easily accessible location within the neighborhood, this unit will feature cool items, nonperishables, and fresh fruit and vegetables. The pantry will also include a Dropbox for area residents to give donations throughout the week. While we welcome all community members to partake and participate in this initiative, its centralized location will allow safe and easy accessibility to our community’s most vulnerable population, children under the age of 14.The food pantry would not only be a way to curb hunger but to show love & compassion. We at Oasis believe that we can help the problem by becoming the internal solution. Being proactive in this time is critical and needed. Showing love and hope is not only rewarding but appreciated by the ones receiving. It is our hope that this pantry will also be a cycle of hope in our community in that when families utilize the resources of the pantry and are able to get back on their feet, they can invest back into the pantry for other families in need.The oasis food pantry is not only a way for us to give back to the community, but for the community to give back to itself. Our hope is that this initiative will spark community engagement, pride and unification.

The idea for constructing this neighborhood pantry is not only for needy families in our community but for the homeless population existing in our community. We have a heavy presence of homeless people in our community and the pantry is to be the hand up they need, continuing the restoration in our community. We desire for our residents to see Oasis Pantry as a reservoir and source of hope, healing and restoration.

Project Details

Team Leader: Valerie Lewis / Josh Edmond
Funded Date: November 6, 2021
Amount: $2,500
Location: Lafayette, LA

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Oasis Community Food Pantry Update # 3

Oasis Community Food Pantry Update # 3

Dear Oasis Community, It’s happening. IT’S HERE! The Oasis Food Pantry started as a vision to sow into our community and serve as an additional resource to our residents. We wrote the vision, made it plain, pitched our plan, got funded – and pushed forward to the...

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Oasis Community Food Pantry Update #2

Oasis Community Food Pantry Update #2

Dear Community, We’re gearing up for an exciting summer in Oasis! In addition to multiple activities planned by local and government organizations for our community in the coming months, we’re moving full steam ahead with the Oasis Food Pantry. Our vision is for the...

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Oasis Community Food Pantry Update #1

Oasis Community Food Pantry Update #1

Dear Community, Great things are on the horizon for our Oasis Community. Despite our Coterie’s limited visibility since the onset of COVID-19, we’ve not lost sight of our commitment to our community. Many of you may recall providing us with valuable feedback as to...

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Greening Festival

Greening Festival

Greening Festival

Project Description

Team Greening Festival wants to reduce the amount of waste created at Festival International and be part of catalyzing a styrofoam-free Lafayette!  The ultimate goal of this project is to put Festival International on the road to becoming a “zero waste” event. The first step is replacing styrofoam serviceware items (i.e. plates, bowls, and clamshells) used by Festival vendors with compostable versions made out of bagasse, a byproduct of sugarcane mills.

We’re bringing out the FIL Geaux Green logo by putting Festival International (and eventually other local festivals) on the road to becoming a “zero waste” event!  Anyone who has spent any time at Festival International (isn’t that all of us?) knows that most of the food is served on styrofoam plates or containers. But did you know that styrofoam never goes away and that these food containers can neither be recycled nor recovered in any existing system? We bet you definitely didn’t know that there are compostable equivalents to all the styrofoam plates, bowls, and clamshells used today. In fact, one such plant-based item is made from sugar cane bagasse, a byproduct of sugarcane mills that we have an abundance of here in South Louisiana.

Depending on the product (plate, bowl, clamshell, etc), the cost difference between styrofoam and bagasse can range from nothing to fifty cents. We know this can be a significant ask of vendors, particularly those not used to this idea of “zero waste”. We will work with Festival International vendors to help them source materials, and, where it might be a barrier, use 24HCP funding to cover a portion of the difference in cost.

This effort will be paired with a fully-backed Festival International marketing effort promoting FIL’s move away from styrofoam. Vendors who elect to participate will be designated in the FIL app and at their vendor booths with the FIL Geaux Green logo.

Future Plan:

The beauty of plant based materials comes full circle if you are able to capture them once Festival-goers have finished eating. These materials, along with any food residue and leftovers, can be sent to compost at a right-sized and managed facility. When managed properly and mixed with other organic material, oxygen, and water; all of this plant-based waste will break back down into healthy, rich soil!  It is very important that no other materials get mixed in though, so we would start with collection in select areas only (i.e. Parc San Souci) and follow Louisiana Football’s model of hand sorting compost after each event to make sure that no other waste materials end up in the compost pile. This work would be completed by volunteers similar to the volunteers who handle recycling at Festival Acadien.

Project Details

Team Leader: Monica Rowand
Funded Date: November 9, 2019
Funding Amount: $3,000
Location: Lafayette, LA

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Project Updates

Greening Festival Update #5

Greening Festival Update #5

Dear Community, Did you enjoy this year's Virtual Festival? What about a Festival favorite drink or menu item on a patio or from the comfort of your home? As you know, our project meant to eliminate the use of styrofoam at Festival International de Louisiane and...

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Greening Festival Update #4

Greening Festival Update #4

Dear Community, As you all know, Festival International looked a lot different last year, altering the plans for our original project. The same will be true for Festival International 2021. The Festival released their plans for this year's event in January. The...

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Greening Festival Update #3

Greening Festival Update #3

Dear Community. WE DID IT!!!!  We had the first ever ZERO-WASTE FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL! (Too soon?) Like all of you, we were disappointed when we couldn’t celebrate our favorite festival in person. We would like to give a huge shout-out to Scott Feehan and his team...

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Greening Festival Update #2

Greening Festival Update #2

Dear Community, The response to our project has been truly overwhelming these last couple months. The outpouring of support and encouragement from you still comes daily as our plans continue to develop and come to fruition. A few weeks ago we posted a poll via the...

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Greening Festival Update #1

Greening Festival Update #1

Dear Community, Is it a marketing miracle or meant-to-be that the first day of Festival International de Louisiane 2020 is Earth Day? That’s right, mark your calendars for April 22-26, 2020 and a Festival International experience with a slightly green-er hue! As a...

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Adopt-a-Storm Drain

Adopt-a-Storm Drain

Adopt-a-Storm Drain

Project Description

Adopt-a-Storm Drain is a public facing web-based mapping application with basic task management features. It allows individuals or groups to claim ownership over neighborhood storm drains, as well as provide designated public departments with a basic notification system to respond to citizen concerns related to their adopted storm drains. This web-based mapping application’s will expose Lafayette to the power citizen driven technology has to improve communication, efficiency, and transparency between local government and citizens. It empowers citizens to take part in neighborhood safety and beautification and encourages the public and private sectors to work together to solve local challenges. If you are interested in learning more about our project, please visit bit.ly/AaSD-LFT.

We believe in the power of collective impact by individuals to drive meaningful change in our region. We believe open engagement with data nourishes an informed, engaged, and invested citizenry. We believe that the most effective way to propel communities forward is to utilize strengths and resources to meet challenges head on. The Adopt a Storm Drain project taps into the passion of local technological talent and the Acadiana’s strong communal drive to empower our neighbors to take part in reducing street flooding while increasing communication between citizens and local government. Our goals are simple. Every storm drain in Lafayette is mapped, adopted, and free of debris.

Citizens of the Lafayette area struggle against the challenges associated with street flooding. Every time it rains, we know to avoid certain areas- Ambassador, St. Mary around the UL Lafayette campus, and even the heart of downtown. This program empowers each of us to take a small step towards addressing one of the causes of street flooding which taps into the collective impact of the entire community. ‘Many hands make light work.’ We are utilizing an open-source program which has already been implemented in multiple cities around the US (New Orleans, Houston, Milwaukee, Nashville, Portland, and more) and connecting to already existing data of Lafayette storm drain locations. This will then connect to Lafayette 311 using an existing integration approach currently utilized by New Orleans’ application. This code base can be easily adopted to other “Adopt a ____”, and has been in other areas, such as “Adopt a Hydrant” in Boston. Once the inaugural project has been implemented, this idea can be easily scaled to expand across our regional watershed, parishes and communities. Once completed, the application will be managed with little oversight by a stable and invested partner. Maintenance costs are estimated at approximately $100 annually based on potential minimal adjustments and a subscription to the necessary weather API.

The bulk of our funds will be dedicated to marketing, and branding because these tools only work if we use them as they were designed to be used! This is why we’ve committed to making this a pilot neighborhood initiative with specific implementation phases. This scaled approach allows us to assess, evaluate, and respond to challenges. Once the pilot is completed, the fully functional application will be available across Acadiana. This pilot will empower citizens, promote transparency and accountability, and incentivize citizen participation.

Timeline:

Pre-Project: Our team has created a broad outline of the actions needed to complete this project. Our next steps include confirming the technological specifications and creating a more detailed action plan while continuing to move forward with partner and citizen buy-in.

Months 1 – 2: The beginning of the project will focus on formalizing partnership cooperative endeavor agreements and setting up the infrastructure of the application. We will work with local stakeholders and experts to locate a neighborhood to pilot the program.

Months 3 – 4: The next milestone will be the launch of the beta version of the application. This will include building and testing the app, as well as creating marketing and educational materials.

Month 5 – 8: The largest chunk of time in our project will tap into our software development skillset to pilot the application. We plan to utilize established neighborhood networks and door-to-door outreach to secure invested participants. This pilot program will include focus groups and incremental enhancements to improve the application and will result in an impact report. The educational and promotional content will be updated and finalized. We anticipate soft organic growth in this time by word-of-mouth.

Months 9 – 11: After the pilot program is completed, the impact report will be released and the promotion and educational campaign will be implemented. This includes educational videos, traditional and social media marketing, and utilizing community resources such as local radio and television programs.

Month 12: The last phase will be ownership transfer of the application to the Lafayette Consolidated Government in order to ensure its continued success.

Project Details

Team Leader Tre King and Will Labar
Funded Date November 9, 2019
Funding Amount: $3,000
Location: Lafayette, LA

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Adopt A Storm Drain Update #6

Adopt A Storm Drain Update #6

Dear Community, We’re back! It’s been a while since you heard from us, and while the back story on that has a lot of twists and turns, the short version is that some of our core team members moved away from Lafayette so we had to do a little...

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Adopt A Storm Drain Update #5

Adopt A Storm Drain Update #5

Dear Community, We've been working hard to get to this point, but since our last update, LCG provided all the datapoints for storm drain locations to our team a few months ago. Our tech team, led by Tre King of InFascination, are volunteering their programming skills...

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Adopt A Storm Drain Update #4

Adopt A Storm Drain Update #4

Dear Community, We pressed 'pause', took a step back and evaluated our approaches and processes. We weren't making timely progress and we were determined to understand why. We recognized significant scope creep which deviated from our original proposal. As a result of...

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Adopt A Storm Drain Update #3

Adopt A Storm Drain Update #3

Dear Community, Our world has changed...in more ways than one! The past couple of months have been a challenging time for everyone and our project wasn't spared. Our project is somewhat unique in that we are able to continue working remotely on developing our digital...

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Adopt A Storm Drain Update #2

Adopt A Storm Drain Update #2

Dear Community, The past couple of months have been a challenging time for our team. Our team members have faced personal challenges, as we all do, which brought us out of the groove. However, we are excited to share what we have accomplished! We started the build out...

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Adopt A Storm Drain #1

Adopt A Storm Drain #1

Dear Community, We have been thinking about this project for a while. We started brainstorming ways to impact our community using the "Tech for Good" model way back in May 2019. We are so excited that you have also seen the value of this. We can't wait to share the...

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