Lately, media coverage would have you believe that the youth of this city are on the wrong path. But then you encounter a group like the team of 12 students in Algiers, who recently decided they wanted to make “peace” the focus of their senior community service requirement, and you realize that hope is alive.
The Algiers Peace Fest, scheduled for Saturday, April 8, from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at Brechtel Park, is the brain child of a group of students working with Positive Impact, a youth community service organization.
“We talked about what service learning means and different things we could focus on, but we all agreed that peace needed our attention,” said Kenneth Barnes, a local senior in Algiers.
The group of teens came up with the idea of bringing together community organizations as a sign of unity, and they have been meeting weekly at the Algiers Regional Library to plan the event. The fest will focus on different aspects of peace including inner peace, nonviolence, equality and freedom.
“We didn’t even realize when we picked that day that it fell during National Crime Victims Week,” said Shane Delery, a student participant. “I guess it was good timing because you can’t have a peaceful community or inner peace when you see so much crime in the city.”
The community is invited to come out and participate in the Peace Fest, which will include:
- Peace through Knowledge: Tables and stations set up by various community groups exploring aspects of peace and nonviolence
- Peace through Art: A community “peace art” project
- Peace through Nature: A volunteer clean-up and planting of a “peace butterfly garden”
- Peace through Community: Flag football game
The community will also be encouraged to explore aspects of inner peace by taking a walk down the park’s trail, which will have multiple self-guided “mindfulness” stations.
Businesses and community groups interested in participating or hosting a table should contact Alan Delery at 504-343-3432 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brechtel Park is located at 4401 Lennox Ave., New Orleans (Westbank/Algiers)
There is a vehicle entrance fee at the park: $1 for Orleans Parish brake tags; $2 for all other vehicles (for buses: $5 fee with Orleans brake tag/$10 for all others)