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FAFSA® Simplification: A Better FAFSA Process Means a Better Future for Borrowers
FAFSA® simplification changes include the first major redesign of the FAFSA system in over 40 years.
The changes will provide
Visit our Financial Aid Toolkit website for information and resources about FAFSA Simplification.
Trellis is Enrolling!
Trellis enrolls new students every two months. If someone you know or work with is looking to start college, we would love to speak with them about how they can complete a degree that is affordable and can fit around their schedule with Trellis.
Complete the “Get Started” form, OR connect with the admissions team, who will follow up with prospective students to provide more information—email admissions@
HYBRID COLLEGE ALTERNATIVE
Circl. Circl is a free two-way Leadership Progra
Students are treated as complete equals to the professionals in the program and they both coach each other. At the end they receive a certification that's awarded by the Association for Coaching.
Matriculate is a FREE virtual college advising program that connects high-achieving low-income high school juniors with a near-peer college mentor who works one-on-one with their small cohort of students throughout the college and financial aid processes.
Our mission at Going is to help people travel and experience the world. Since 2017, we've helped young travelers get out there and get going. Twice a year, four outstanding students will win $1,500 scholarships toward their upcoming study abroad program.
CA NEXT'S ALL-INCLUSIVE GUIDE TO GETTING READY FOR CLASSES AT DELGADO!
Curated by our own Ms. Alison
If you are started classes at Delgado for the first time, you should have gotten emails from Delgado recently that have a lot of this information. Delgado also has a great checklist here. Please read them!
You will need your Delgado ID to pick up your books. Here is when you can get them:
City Park Campus: Building 1 Annex, Room 123W Summer: Monday–Thursday, 7:30 a.m.–5:45 p.m.
West Bank Campus: Building 6, Student Life Center, Room 104 Year Round: Monday–Thursday, 12 noon–2 p.m. and 3 p.m.–4 p.m.
Bring a state ID or school ID if you have one.
Delgado has a program called "Course Complete" that automatically provides you with rental books for all of your courses. Most of them will be digital, though professors can elect to have you receive a physical book. You can write in them during the semester and then you return them at the end. Read info here.
- Reasons to do it: discounted textbooks, automatically does the order for you (through your Delgado email, directions below).
- To opt out of Course Complete - ONLY do this if you actually want to BUY physical copies of your books instead.
Can I opt-out Delgado Course Complete?
While it is NOT recommended, students have the option to opt-out of this program in LoLA through the 100% Tuition Adjustment Period for the term. Opting out means you will not receive access to your required course materials in a convenient package at a discounted rate.
To Opt-Out through LoLA
- Log into LoLA (Delgado’s online student portal)
- Select “Student” under Self Service Banner.
- Select “Course Complete Opt-Out” under My Account
- Follow the prompts
IF YOU OPT OUT OF COURSE COMPLETE OR NEED OTHER SUPPLIES:
*You do NOT have to have your books before the first day of school. You can get them the first week as well. It's up to you!
You can go to the bookstore (City Park campus) in person every day from 8am - 4pm.
You can order your books online and choose to pick them up on campus or have them delivered. Here's the link for that.
***Definitely choose to rent books if you can. You will NOT need to keep them after the semester is over and renting is MUCH cheaper!
Here are instructions to set it up. You MUST set it up to get your books through Course Complete. Be aware that Delgado will sometimes only send information to this email, so set it up & start checking it! Some professors will only use this as well.
Also, here's how to set it to forward your Delgado email to your personal email (AFTER you have set up your Delgado account!).
You will need a computer to be successful this semester, since even in person classes will have online work.
Option 1: Use/buy your own (recommendation: avoid buying a Chromebook)
Option 2: Delgado has a laptop loan program (including a hotspot for wifi). You return it at the end of the semester or have to pay for it. You can apply here.
Option 3: You CAN purchase a computer in the bookstore using your financial aid, which means you wouldn't have to pay out of pocket. The cheapest options range from $260-$300. If you get a full Pell Grant, you have enough money in your account to do this. Be aware that they cannot deliver computers, so if you plan to buy one, you have to choose "store pickup" for your order or go to the bookstore to buy.
Delgado uses Canvas for all online classes and many in person classes (the work outside of class). The best way to be prepared for the start of classes is to check Canvas daily (same login as LOLA) and check your Delgado email daily. Here is the link to access Canvas if you've never logged on (you can get there through LOLA or Delgado's website (under Quick Links)).
EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM:
Each college has one to let you know about closures & other important announcements. Signing up will make sure you don't show up on a day they have canceled classes for flooding, for example! Sign up here.
PARKING (if driving your own car to campus):
Parking is free (included in your tuition & fees), but you must register your vehicle and get a parking pass. Register here and then you will pick it up at the Bursar's Office (Building 2).
DOWNLOAD THE DELGADO APP & CANVAS APP
Instructions on this checklist. Both are super useful and will provide notifications/reminders about assignments, events, grades, etc.
READING YOUR SCHEDULE:
Before your first day, you need to check your schedule and make sure you know three things: what TIME your class starts, WHERE it is, and the FORMAT (in person or virtual). You can find your schedule in LOLA by clicking on "Student", then "My Schedule".
The important columns are "Campus" (this student has both online & in-person classes), "Schedule" (TR is Tuesday/Thursday, MW is Monday/Wednesday), and "Location" (E/W means "East" or "West"). When you attend Convocation, you can walk around campus and find your classes!
If you want a weekly view of your schedule, go to Student, then "Registration" then "Register for Classes." EXAMPLE: if you select Fall 2022 and then towards the bottom you will see this:
*NEW* PROCESS FOR ESTHETICS PROGRAM AT DELGADO
- New students are accepted into the program each Fall and Spring semester.
- Classes this Spring 2023 will begin on January 17, 2023.
- In order to be admitted to the Esthetics program, students must be accepted by the Louisiana Board of Cosmetology.
To start this process, students must submit a completed application packet to the Esthetics department. Applicants cannot be considered for admission to the program until the completed application packet has been received. Completed applications will be processed in the order they are received as space is limited for the Spring 2023 semester.
Completed application packets must be submitted in person to the Cosmetology department located at:
Delgado Sidney Collier
3727 Louisa Street
New Orleans, LA 70126
Building 2, Room 238
A completed application packet includes:
- Completed LA State Board of Cosmetology(Esthetics) application (attached)
- Birth certificate or driver’s license*
- Social Security card*
- Two photographs measuring approximately 2” x 2” inches
- $10 money order
- Official high school or GED transcript, official HiSET scores, or high school diploma.*
*Please note that you must bring in the original documents and the staff will make a copy. They must be able to verify to the LA Board of Cosmetology that they have seen the original documents.
**Due to reduced capacity restrictions, only the applicant will be allowed to enter the premises.
Before enrolling, all students must attend a mandatory Orientation Session. The next Orientation Session will be announced at a later date.
Tenisha T. Slaughter, Assistant Professor/Assistant Department Chair for Cosmetology/Esthetics
P: (504) 941-8519 / (504) 941-8555
C: (504) 383-4740
To schedule a meeting: https://calendly.com/
New Orleans Recreation Development Commission
To learn more about NORDC job opportunities, follow this link. For more information about employment opportunities, contact Brianne Hart at NORD 504-658-3052 or bchart@nolagov.
New Orleans Public Libraries
Visit NOPL's website to learn more about employment opportunities.
Website with platform similar to Indeed for applying to jobs in the New Orleans area.
TOOLS FOR CAREER BOOSTING
Looking to gain leadership skills while serving communities across the country? Look no further than the AmeriCorps team leader position in the AmeriCorps NCCC program. Prior service experience is not required, which makes this a great opportunity for future leaders.
Team leaders guide and support a team of 8-12 members throughout the service term. They conduct team activities and serve as the liaison between the team, project sponsors, and AmeriCorps NCCC staff.
NOYA'S COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARD
The community bulletin includes events, news, and information for resources and events for our youth!
- Resources for alumni who are parents
- Mental health resources
- Counseling + Therapy
- Dealing with grief
- Mindfulness and other practices
- Resources for Food Scarcity
- Pharmacies + Prescription resources
- Dealing with Domestic Violence
RESOURCE FOR DADS
F.O.A.M.'s mission is to promote responsible committed fatherhood through education, strong relationships, holistic health, and socioeconomic improvement opportunities.
ACCESS TO FREE DIAPERS
Call the Parenting Center at 504-896-9591 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org if in need of diapers OR formula.
- 300 N. Broad St., Suite 106, New Orleans, LA 70119
1340 Poydras St., Suite 2120, New Orleans, LA 70112
- 921 Aris Ave., Suite B, Metairie, LA
- (504) 832-1503
- 611 Rampart St., New Orleans, LA 70112
- 3600 General Meyer Ave., New Orleans 70114
- 3801 St. Bernard Ave., New Orleans, LA 70122
- 1228 Arts St., New Orleans, LA 70117
- 1539 Bartholomew St., New Orleans, LA 70117
- 3400 Tulane Ave., Suite 1000, New Orleans, LA 70119
- 3605 Garden Oaks Dr., New Orleans, LA 70114
- 4312 Florida Ave., Kenner, LA 70062
- 1600 Constance St., New Orleans, LA 70130
- 2222 Simon Bolivar Ave., New Orleans, LA 70113
- 2001 Frenchmen St., New Orleans, LA
- 3708 Garden Oaks Dr., New Orleans, LA 70114
- 1020 St. Andrew St., New Orleans, LA 70130
- 2475 Canal St., Suite 300, New Orleans, LA 70119
Weatherford Academy (Clients Only)
- 613 4th St., Westwego, LA 70094
- 2066 Paxton St., Harvey, LA 70058
MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and we know that stress goes up as the school year winds down. So we have put together ready-to-use resources to help educators, caregivers, and young adults connect, find support, and experience joy right now.
NAVIGATING MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES
Soundtrack 2 My Life: Navigating Stigma in Hip-Hop and Mental Health Care
In this episode of The Lede Lounge, Community Reporting Fellow Kila Moore explores the role of hip-hop in treating mental health needs. Can hip-hop be used as a mental health resource? Is that the artists’ intention when creating their work? And what are some of the challenges that artists face when using non-traditional methods?
This clip features Mac Phipps–a local, world-renowned hip-hop artist–who spoke about his experience growing up in the 3rd Ward of New Orleans, and how watching his neighborhood change impacted his music. Click here to listen
The Barber Shop, Black Men & Mental Health
How do barber shops help Black men talk about mental health? We sat in on a conversation between barber David Rankin and his long-term friend turned client Keith Bryant to hear more. The two New Orleans natives talked about how their barber shop talks help support both of their mental health and what New Orleans needs when it comes to mental health support. David Rankin owns and runs Revelationary, a local barber shop, and has also worked as an educator and coach in the city. Bryant, who attended Eleanor McMain with Rankin, shared how he navigates raising his son and his own personal growth.
MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES
- Check out this resource for challenging negative thoughts.
- Check out this resource for challenging anxious thoughts.
- Check out this resource if you're interested in learning about cognitive distortions.
9-8-8 Suicide Prevention Hotline
9-8-8 is the new three digit number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL) and launched nationally. VIA LINK will be answering 9-8-8 for the 225, 504, and 985 area codes. VIA LINK specialists will be available 24/7 to provide emotional support, crisis intervention, and suicide prevention. Callers can also receive referrals to local behavioral health agencies/facilities. The public can still dial 800-273-TALK (the previous NSPL number) to access these services. https://vialink.org/
RESOURCES TO COPE AFTER SCHOOL VIOLENCE
Here are a few ideas about how to help your school community cope and heal:
- Normalize and acknowledge a range of emotional responses. Be sure to emphasize the message that there’s no one right way to feel or respond to a tragedy like this.
- Prioritize connection and caring for staff and students. Emphasize the importance of extending compassion to all members of your community. Remind students of the ways that they can seek support from one another and from caring adults at your school. Focus on activities that foster supportive connections.
- Be prepared to address feelings of unsafety and vulnerability. Emphasize the fact that everyone in the community is working to keep students safe, and—as needed and where appropriate—reissue specific information about school safety procedures.
- Facilitate active and positive coping for students. Keep school routines as normal as possible, while recognizing that some staff and students may need more active support and ways to take breaks. Help everyone prioritize self-care, and build in mindful breaks, stress management strategies, support centers, and movement across the day.
- Identify positive and meaningful actions students can take. Help students plan and implement group discussions, campus events, spiritual activity, or positive community action that directly supports those affected by the incident or helps others who are in need.
- Pay special attention to those who have experienced loss and trauma. Staff and students with histories of trauma may have especially intense emotions and may need extra help and attention in the coming weeks.
- Avoid polarizing conversations and ideological debate. Young people need to focus on healing. Avoid topics that reinforce feelings of anger and helplessness or hopelessness, and focus on what can be done to help and heal.
- Share available resources and support to the entire community. Communicate with teachers, parents, and students about how helpful it can be to seek help from a professional at any time when feelings or thoughts about a tragedy like this come up. Provide information about school counseling and emotional support resources, community mental health resources, and all emergency and crisis text and phone lines.
For more ideas, please read How to Cope With Traumatic Events.
Here are some resources that can help as we work to support and build resilience in our school communities:
- The National Association of School Psychologists has created a very helpful guide to supporting students.
- The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has Tips for Coping with Traumatic Events.
- The American School Counselor Association maintains updated Resources to Support Students after a school shooting.
- The National Child Traumatic Stress Network offers searchable resources that focus on how adults can identify and respond to traumatic responses in young people.
- Facing History and Ourselves created Teaching in the Wake of Violence, a guide for teachers to navigate conversations with their students after news of a mass shooting, terrorist attack, or other violent event.
- JED’s Mental Health Resource Center provides tools to help teens and young adults navigate life’s challenges.
- Seize The Awkward has tips and resources for maintaining mental health and fostering stronger connections with friends and family during challenging moments.
- JED’s and MTV’s Press Pause includes animated PSAs and an online hub with simple mindfulness techniques — like breathing exercises, meditation, perspective checks, music, and movement — to deal with common stresses and challenges that can make young adults feel overwhelmed or hopeless.
We can help every school community cope with these challenging moments in healthy ways, and remind each other that we are not alone.
If you or someone you know needs help immediately, text “START” to 741-741, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255), dial 911, or go to the nearest emergency room. Find more information and resources at jedfoundation.org/help.
The Butterfly Hug
Somatic healing practices can be a low-cost way to help ground yourself and improve mental well-being. One practice to try is known as the “butterfly tap” or “butterfly hugs.” Butterfly hugs are a type of bi-lateral stimulation of the brain that can help you calm your body and mind when feeling anxious, overwhelmed or triggered. Click here to watch a quick video on how to use The Butterfly Hug technique.
Morning Ritual Resources
If you're in the mood for healing and need some inspiration, here are a few resources. Hey, Girl Live podcast celebrates the culmination of Alex Elle’s podcast and includes a rich discussion around personal healing and growth. It ends with a beautiful performance by Natalie Lauren. God Morning
You can use these affirmations to meditate. Try it out if it serves you.
MEDITATIONS ON YOUTUBE
Distributes aid, meals and water to unhoused people.
Culture Aid NOLA
Provides fresh food for people in and around New Orleans.
Feed the Second Line
Provides mutual aid for culture bearers in and around New Orleans.
- If you are in need of food assistance, dial 504-734-1322 for help with finding a Second Harvest food pantry closest to you in South Louisiana. (In Lafayette, dial 337-237-7711.)
- You can also click here for a full list of our community partners across 23 parishes to find the food assistance closest to you and your family
ACCESS TO FOOD WHEN IN NEED + SNAP BENEFITS
- Call 211 to find closest meal site, or 504-734-1322
- You will need a picture ID, proof of residence, and proof of income
- Text GetSNAP to 898211 (once you apply for SNAP, you are then eligible for discounted internet services)
Need help signing up for food stamps? Catholic Charities can help!
Free Prescription Drug Savings Card
United Way of Southeast Louisiana partners with SingleCare (formerly FamilyWize) to help community members afford prescription medications. No one should be forced to choose between paying for food, rent, or medicine.
The free SingleCare prescription savings card:
- Is always free to use by everyone - just show it to the pharmacist
- Has no registration or eligibility requirements – use it right away!
- Saves you up to 80% on 10,000+ prescription medications
- Is accepted at major pharmacy chains nationwide
- Provides additional member savings by signing up at SingleCare.com (earn $1 per eligible script)
- Works whether you’re insured, underinsured, or uninsured
- Offers unlimited uses
How do I get a card?
- Download and print a card on SingleCare.com
- Text "family" to 700700 to receive a card on your phone (Message and data rates may apply. SingleCare Terms and Conditions)
- Download the free SingleCare mobile app from the App Store or Google Play Store.
Price look-up tool
Check the SingleCare price on your prescriptions by going to SingleCare.com or by downloading the free SingleCare mobile app. Simply enter the drug name, dosage, and zip code to find the lowest price at a nearby pharmacy.
How it works
SingleCare negotiates fair drug prices directly with major pharmacies like CVS, Walmart, and Walgreens. They pass the savings on to members, free of charge.
To start saving with SingleCare, a member just needs to show the savings card to their pharmacist every time they fill a prescription at a participating pharmacy. The discount will be automatically applied at checkout.
Members can use their card as often as they want. Cards do not expire. Cards may also be used for family members’ prescriptions and shared with friends.
Resources/support for students interested in starting & growing their own businesses.
- Free seminars and a lot of online resources
- Free mentoring program for small business owners/entrepreneurs
Our annual call for the Recording Artist Residency is open! Spread the word far and wide!
Six artists per year are selected to receive: project management support, studio time with a professional engineer to complete an EP (up to six tracks), artist portraits, music industry workshops, a live studio performance video, and a feature in our annual showcase concert. Additional development opportunities include vocal and performance coaching.
- Educational Equity Isn’t All or Nothing: The Case for Incremental Change, by Ronald S. Thomas of EducationWeek
- For America’s Children, Screen Time is Here to Stay, by Cari Spencer of The 74 Million
- More High School Students Are Taking College Classes. But Not Everyone Gets the Chance. by Rebecca Koenig of EdSurge
- Public trust in colleges lags among Gen Z, by Laura Spitalniak of Higher Ed Dive
- Report: Most Students Start Too Slowly To Finish A College Degree In Five Years, by Michael T. Nietzel of Forbes
- Schools need tutors and mentors. Can a new federal initiative find 250,000? by Jessica Blake of Chalkbeat
- Teachers Need Our Support, what educators say they need now, by Elizabeth Christopher of Harvard Graduate School of Education Magazine
- To Stop the Rise in School Segregation, Empower Leaders of Color, by Mike Bland of The 74 Million
- What to know about Opportunity Insights’ new economic mobility data, by Laura Spitalniak of Higher Ed Dive
- What You Need to Know About Biden’s Student Loan Forgiveness Plan, by Ron Lieber and Tara Siegel Bernard of The New York Times
- New Data: Female College Enrollment Drops at Twice the Rate of Male Students
Brothers Empowered to Teach: 'Planting seeds for that next generation'
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A New Orleans school gave students $50 a week. Then researchers watched how they spent it.
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- Red beans & rice: In perfecting this humble dish, a local food bank chef re-learns the power of humility and love in feeding others.
- Finding balance: In New Orleans, the complexity of food and family and a Black woman's journey toward a health and wellness.
- Market talk: Encountering food, history and neighbors at the local farmers market.
- Growing power: For Jonshell Johnson-Whitten, Black motherhood and local agriculture are intertwined.
LIVING WAGE CALCULATOR FOR LOUISIANA
Curious to know how much you should be earning? Check out the living wage calculator
For BR: if you are single adult, to have a liveable wage you need to make $16.36/hr FT - see this link for a breakdown
For NOLA: you need to make $16.32/hr FT - see this link for what you need to make with a child (it's a lot - see below)
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