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#TURNOUTFORWHAT on Election Day (November 4th) with VAYLA ! You will see VAYLA canvassing, phone banking, sign waving, exit polling, interpreting, and many more for our communities just so they can Rock The Vote ! Watch this video as we spread the message.

Our condolences for George Carter

Taken from one of us is just as much as taken from all of us. George Carter was a youth organizer of Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools. An organizer of New Orleans… an organizer of the world and forever an organizer he will stay. From the VAYLA family to the Rethink family,

Telemundo NOLA: Stop the discriminatory practice during enrollment ft. VAYLA & SPLC

Telemundo NOLA covered a story on VAYLA and Southern Poverty Law Center and how we sent letters to schools in Orleans Parish asking them to stop discriminatory practices against immigrant children during the enrollment process starting next year. Thank you to our community organizer (Cristi), community member (Ms. Maria), and Jennifer

VAYLA youth leader featured on about new schools

  Myron Miller, a youth leader at VAYLA, attended the Orleans Parish School Board meeting on Wednesday, October 14. Hre are some of his comments regarding to the Recovery School District not allowing to open any new schools in New Orleans. “ Myron Miller, a recent Reed graduate, felt betrayed.

AALDEF Seeks Pro Bono Volunteers in Louisiana for Asian American Poll Monitoring Project

  VOLUNTEERS NEEDED IN LOUISIANA  Asian American Election Protection and Poll Monitoring Defending Asian American Voting Rights   Trainings Sessions are on Thursday, October 23 2 p.m. – Cotton, Schmidt & Abbot, 650 Poydras St, Suite 2810, New Orleans, LA 70130 6 p.m. – VAYLA, 13235 Chef Menteur Hwy, New Orleans, LA 70129    AALDEF

National Voter Registration Day

September 23 is National Voter Registration Day ! VAYLA will have registration sites set up in New Orleans: > Whole Foods (12p – 2p // 300 N Broad St) > Kingsley House (8a – 12p) > Covenant House New Orleans (7:30a – 9a and 6:45p – 8p) > YEP NOLA

Child Migrants Settle Uneasily In The Big Easy

From NPR: Last June, 13-year-old Yashua Cantillano and his 11-year-old brother, Alinhoel, left their uncle’s home in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, with a change of clothes in plastic bags, some snacks, water and their mother’s phone number scribbled on a piece of paper. Their guide and protector? Seventeen-year-old Sulmi Cantillano, their step-sister.

ESL & Citizenship Classes in New Orleans East Now Open !

  VAYLA is now accepting enrollment for their ESL and Citizenship classes for Fall 2014. Both classes will begin on Tuesday, September 16, 2014. Spots are limited !  > Citizenship classes will be held every Tuesdays at 9am. The enrollment fee will be $50 and is for adults 19 years old


From the website: Minority students have long been underrepresented at U.S. colleges and universities. There are many complex reasons for lower enrollment and graduation rates among minority students, not the least of which is financial hardship and lack of access to traditional educational support networks. In an effort to
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