Barbers, Boys, and Books

Barbers, Boys, and Books

Barbers, Boys, and Books: Stay Sharp for Literacy

TEAM Barbershop Boys for Literacy

Project Description

The 100 Black Men of Greater Lafayette (BMOGL) is a mentoring organization charter in 2009. The mission of the 100 BMOGL is to improve the quality of life for the communities we serve. As stated, mentoring is at the core service of the organization as we work to influence and transform the lives of underrepresented and disenfranchised youths, with a focus on African American youths. The programs of the 100 BMOGL are based upon our National Campaign “Four for the Future”: Mentoring, Education, Health and Wellness, and Economic Empowerment. It is within those areas of work, the 100 BMOGL decided to launch an initiative to improve literacy within the community called- Barbers, Boys and Books- Barbershop Mini Library. 

Reading is paramount to the educational success of our kids. For students experiencing poverty, reading levels are stunningly low. Study shows that theirs a correlation between reading level and income. Higher income is linked to higher literacy. We aim to increase the literacy rate by placing a mini library in barbershops throughout the north side of Lafayette. The libraries will include age-appropriate books for elementary and middle school-age kids. A crafty design holder for the books will be built to place in the barbershop/beauty salons. Barbershops and beauty salons have been special places for the Black Community for years. It’s more than just a business for entrepreneurs. It’s a place to meet and discuss community issues, family matters, and so much more. Young and old visit barbershops which usually extend well over an hour per appointment. The expanded time allotment provides ample opportunity for kids to grab a book and read. 

The additional exposure to reading will increase literacy rate and optimistically improve socioeconomic status over time. Therefore, improving their quality of life through a good education.

Project Details

Team Leader: Alton Trahan
Funded Date: November 11, 2023
Amount: $3,750
Location: Lafayette, LA

Progress

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Barbers, Boys, and Books Update #1

Barbers, Boys, and Books Update #1

Dear Community, Thank you for your support of the 100 Black Men of Greater Lafayette newest program; Barbers Boys, and Books: Staying Sharp for Literacy. We would like to express our sincere appreciation to the 24hr Citizen Project for providing us the opportunity to...

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Sensory Grooves

Sensory Grooves

Sensory Grooves

TEAM Sensory Grooves

Project Description

A Silent Disco Prom will be a night for our autism and special education needs population to feel accepted, understood, and celebrated. Sensory Grooves will be an evening devoted entirely to helping individuals 14-18 years of age enjoy a traditional prom experience in an inclusive environment that feels safe and friendly.

Sensory Grooves participants will feel like prom royalty as they will control their experience, making it as unique as each of them. Participants will receive wireless headphones customized at a constant volume level featuring three different audio channels. These three channels allow participants to volley back and forth between three song choices from three DJs, all by clicking a button on their headphones. This control factor helps each participant feel more included and immerses them in a socially positive group experience.

Suppose participants sense they need a break from all the fun of dancing. In that case, they can still listen and observe or remove the headphones and have a conversation, never missing a moment of the grand experience of their evening. Having choices extends a safety factor, minimizing sensory overload and providing a successful and memorable evening. 

Sensory Grooves participants will experience the feeling of being included and allowing each to celebrate and have fun together to the beat of their own headphones!

Project Details

Team Leader: Kelly Landry
Funded Date: November 11, 2023
Amount: $3,500
Location: Lafayette, LA

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Sensory Grooves Update #2

Sensory Grooves Update #2

Dear Groovy Community, Since you last heard from us in December, Team Sensory Grooves has been “strutting our stuff” in preparation for the grooviest night coming in Acadiana - Sensory Grooves: Silent Disco Prom! We look forward to celebrating our sensory and...

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Sensory Grooves Update #1

Sensory Grooves Update #1

Dear Groovy Community, Thank you are two of the most simplistic words that are written in this moment filled with such sincere gratitude. Team Sensory Grooves is beyond grateful to you for opening doors and entrusting us to showcase the need for acceptance and...

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Abby’s Acre

Abby’s Acre

Abby’s Acre

TEAM Abbys Acre

Project Description

The Birds and the Bees program is a way to provide veterans with the space and materials to learn basic carpentry skills, while also providing vital habitat to the local animal and insect populations of the Acadiana area. This program engages veterans in their community, as well as helping the local wildlife in building habitat. This not only helps the various flora and fauna, it encourages bigger yields in the gardens we encourage and aide people in building. It also helps develop strong bonds in the participants, and breeds the camaraderie veterans have grown accustomed to during their time in service. Not just with each other, but with the environment around them as well.

By building various housing for bats, birds, and insects we encourage the natural ecosystem to regenerate and thrive. In doing so in a group setting we provide a non judgmental space, and a task that is very manageable and rewarding. The fruits of their labor are immediate and purposeful.

Each box will include a bat box, birdhouse, vermicomposter (worm composter), native plants and seeds, and a guide to each item and how they interact.

Goals

  • Teach the importance of a regenerative Eco system.
  • Teach basic carpentry skills and shop safety.
  • Provide a large selection of Native plants to encourage even more diversity.
  • Provide a space for veterans to feel safe and understood.
  • Provide space at the veterans home to help find peace.
  • Create strong bonds through mutual support and a love for the community around them.
  • Provide the farm and the community with abundant wildlife, and natural beauty.

Specifications

Lumber will be provided by Live Edge lumber company (veteran owned) and milled and organized in “kits” by Abby’s Acre personnel. These will be organized by set designs and blueprints and can be scaled up or down depending on the skill of the participant. There will be emphasis on safety, and for the time being, no power tools will be utilized.

Native seeds and starts will be provided by The Urban Naturalist in Fightinville. A guide to each item in the box will be included to aid the recipient in further educating themselves on each component provided.

For those not able to build their own, Abby’s Acre personnel will be building, distributing, and installing these boxes for those most in need of them.

Project Details

Team Leader: Colton Campitelli
Funded Date: November 11, 2023
Amount: $3,200
Location: Lafayette, LA

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Abby’s Acre Update #2

Abby’s Acre Update #2

Dear Community, What a busy quarter it's been! We have been busy re-designing our boxes. After 2 test kits went out, we had several big design flaws surface, and we had to change the materials with which we were building. Because the boxes were made from rough cut...

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Abby’s Acre Update #1

Abby’s Acre Update #1

Dear Community, From the entire Abby’s Acre organization, we sincerely thank everyone involved in the 24-Hour Citizen's Project. From the flawless organization and execution of a fantastic event to the other teams inspiring everyone watching, and to the backers,...

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Acadiana Art Closet

Acadiana Art Closet

Acadiana Art Closet

TEAM Acadiana Art Closet

Project Description

It is widely known that the process of making art is beneficial for children and adults alike, with research going back decades supporting its use for personal healing and growth, reducing stress, decreasing anxiety and depression, and to process grief (Bhattacharyya et al., 2023). Art is a means of practicing and feeling empathy, which can lead to prosocial behavior change. Additionally, there is ample research linking participation in the arts to improved cognitive development through the fostering of abstract thinking and right-brain/left-brain integration (Boaz & Bat-Or, 2022). Data also supports that art making increases general well-being in diverse populations (Rosa, 2021). Lastly, and as if we needed research to tell us this, making art feels good (Moon, 2016).

Lafayette has a rich art culture that beckons community members to engage in their own self-expression–we want to aid in that endeavor by putting supplies into the hands of folks who may not otherwise have the time, money or opportunity to do so. We believe all members of our community deserve the chance to express themselves artistically. This project is for artists, by artists. Lafayette is an art desert when it comes to art supplies. If a community member wishes to engage in any art they are relegated to shopping at Michaels, Hobby Lobby, or JoAnns which are coincidentally located within a block of one another off of Ambassador Caffery. Because Lafayette is not a walkable city, folks who do not live in close proximity to these stores are unable to access supplies necessary for creative hobbies.

We would like to solve this issue by creating mini art libraries that offer supplies to people interested in getting artsy. We consider this mutual art aid—anyone who has an overabundance of art supplies would be invited and encouraged to share said supplies they are no longer using or may have purchased in bulk and have used what they need for their own crafts. People who have moved on from one artistic hobby to another could donate tools they are no longer using or have lost interest in (e.g., paint brushes, knitting needles, etc). The art closet would be a low-risk, high-reward opportunity for folks who have toyed around with an artistic style but felt overwhelmed at the prospect of purchasing all the supplies necessary.

Project Details

Team Leader: Whitney Storey
Funded Date: November 11, 2023
Amount: $2,000
Location: Lafayette, LA

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Acadiana Art Closet Update #2

Acadiana Art Closet Update #2

Dear Community - Who knew that doing a project like this was going to be so people and relationship-centered? (Everyone but us probably knew it, but we finally caught up - ha!). Since we last wrote, we have been doing a lot people-ing. We had a great Build Bash with...

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Acadiana Art Closet Update #1

Acadiana Art Closet Update #1

Dear Community - Wow, wow, wow - we just keep saying it and I don’t think we’ll stop saying it for a long time. We are so thankful for this experience so far and so looking forward to what is to come. From the very first idea exchange, it has been invigorating to see...

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Fais “Doo Doo”

Fais “Doo Doo”

Fais “Doo Doo”

TEAM Fais Doo Doo

Project Description

With pet ownership on the rise and Downtown Lafayette becoming a place where more people want to live, the need for proper pet waste management grows. We are excited to introduce a community initiative aimed at enhancing the cleanliness and appeal of Downtown Lafayette while promoting responsible pet ownership. This project involves the installation of ten strategically placed pet waste stations throughout the downtown area, providing a convenient and hygienic solution for both resident pet owners and visitors. 

Project Objectives: 

  1. Promoting Responsible Pet Ownership: The primary goal of this community initiative is to encourage responsible pet ownership by providing accessible and well-maintained waste stations. This, in turn, will contribute to a cleaner and more enjoyable downtown environment. 
  2. Improving Public Spaces: The ten pet waste stations will be strategically located in high-traffic areas and popular pet-friendly spaces, ensuring accessibility for pet owners while maintaining the overall cleanliness of public spaces. 
  3. Community Engagement: The project aims to foster a sense of community responsibility. By involving residents, local businesses, and visitors, we hope to create a collaborative effort in keeping Downtown Lafayette beautiful and pet-friendly.

Project Details

Team Leader: Gabrielle Keaton
Funded Date: November 11, 2023
Amount: $3,750
Location: Lafayette, LA

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Fais Doo Doo Update #2

Fais Doo Doo Update #2

Hey there, friends! I hope you're all wagging your tails with excitement because I've got some paws-itively awesome news to share about our pet waste station project! I'm thrilled to announce that after discussions and collaboration with the city, we've officially got...

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Fais Doo Doo Update #1

Fais Doo Doo Update #1

Dear Community, We are absolutely thrilled to reach out to you with boundless excitement and gratitude for the incredible support we’ve received for our project to bring pet waste stations to Downtown Lafayette! From the start, this project has been fueled by the...

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