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Victor York-Carter gets salute from President Obama in speech

When President Obama visited New Orleans for the Hurricane Katrina commemoration, he told stories of how the resilient people of the Gulf Coast rebuilt after the storm.  The President then challenged the nation and city to “stay focused on a common purpose to leave behind a city and a nation that’s worthy of generations to come.” Louisiana Delta Service Corps AmeriCorps member Victor York-Carter is certain to be one of the people leading the way.

Victor was 13 and a gifted student living in New Orleans 8th Ward when Katrina when struck the city. He endured a real-life disaster movie, as he and his family waded across the city with his younger brother in tow in a trash can to keep him afloat.

They were evacuated to Texas before returning to NOLA six months later – but, obviously, his city was a much different place. Victor saw his peers struggling to cope and still traumatized by the disaster they had lived through.

Reading a list of Victor’s accomplishments will make it clear why he was selected to be recognized by the President. Victor has worked in the nonprofit sector for more than eight years as a student, activist, advocate, and educator, and continues to contribute to the recovery of Louisiana 10 years after Hurricane Katrina.

“But the thing is, the people of New Orleans, there’s something in you guys that is just irrepressible.  You guys have a way of making a way out of no way.  You know the sun comes out after every storm,” said President Obama. “You’ve got hope – especially your young people reflect hope – young people like Victor York-Carter.” 

Sep 1, 2015

By CNCS Staff

Victor York-Carter gets salute from President Obama in speech

When President Obama visited New Orleans for the Hurricane Katrina commemoration, he told stories of how the...

By Habitat for Humanity of Wake County

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Ten years ago Olachi Anaemereibe sat in front of her TV, with tears in her eyes as she watched news reports depicting the incredible devastation that was unfolding in New Orleans as a result of Hurricane Katrina. Hers were tears of compassion and frustration, and she felt there was very little she could do to help.

But today she has a different story to tell, as she recently had an opportunity to lend a hand in helping rebuild a city that she says refuses to be held down by adversity. Even now, according to Olachi, there are places where homes are still just as devastated as they were immediately after the hurricane.

“When you meet the people of New Orleans you can tell that they have been through a real crisis – there’s definitely a feeling that something really major has happened,” says Olachi. She adds, however, that it’s also clear to her that New Orleans residents have a uniquely irrepressible spirit.  “They have a love of life and a love of their neighbors and community that ties them together.  You can be sure that even if something knocks them down, they’re going to get back up and keep going.”

The construction work in New Orleans was intense, with teams working from 7:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. By mid-day the volunteers often found it difficult to deal with the intense heat, even thought it was only late May.

On the bright side, New Orleans lived up to its reputation for being a very unique and colorful culture, with two local men routinely visiting the build sites to play Jazz Music on their trumpet and guitar. It was their way of saying thanks to the volunteers.

Aug 31, 2015

By Mallory Orr, AmeriCorps member serving on the Entergy Louisiana Team at Broadmoor Middle School

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Each year, AmeriCorps members across the nation serving with City Year are sworn into their year of service during the annual Red Jacket Ceremony. Each city’s corps recites the City Year and AmeriCorps pledges where they confirm their dedication to national service, idealism, commitment, and mission to serve children.

Like all other sites, City Year Baton Rouge held a Red Jacket Ceremony–but this year it was a bit more special. This year marks the 10th year of City Year’s service in Louisiana, founded in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. City Year Baton Rouge chose to commemorate the importance of this year by not only holding a Red Jacket Ceremony, but a whole Red Jacket Weekend, made up of three events to celebrate City Year’s dedication to Baton Rouge, as well as honor the anniversary of Katrina.

Aug 31, 2015

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