Table hosts need to be well prepared for the complicated process of guiding residents through conversations about their parishes' respective futures in the face of increasing land loss and flood. Thanks to FFL's LEAD the Coast program that directly addresses such issues, community leaders learn to become better table hosts.
The parishwide meetings will allow residents to begin the process of drafting strategies based on the feedback generated during the community-meeting process. This will lead to the design of specific parishwide adaptation strategies with at least one project, program or policy that would be funded through LA SAFE—a planning initiative coordinated by the Louisiana Office of Community Development’s (OCD) Disaster Recovery Unit, in partnership with Foundation for Louisiana’s Coastal Resilience Leverage Fund.
The 16 participants spanned a diverse spectrum of community leadership in terms of age, race, gender, experience and issues they hoped to address by taking the workshop. Each participant seemed to be particularly affected by different classes, speakers, themes and exercises.
Participants learned about FFL's work and mission and were introduced to some of the skills and issues that will be covered in the workshop: civic participation, neighborhood transformation, social justice, leadership development, and civic values, rights and responsibilities. The LEAD Program stands for "Leadership, Engagement, Advocacy, Development."
Over the past two months, staffers from the New Orleans Video Access Center have been collaborating with filmmakers in the capital city to tell the stories of neighborhood groups, faith leaders, organizers and other citizens who are making their mark in the community.