2023 PLANNING & GOALS
Madera E. Rogers-Henry-New Orleans Brian Baskins-New Orleans Folake Okunaiya-Nigeria Odusile Oluwaseun-Nigeria CFO, Creative Dir. & Main Recycle Artist St. Roch Market Manager Nigeria Coordinator & Milliners Web Page Support
Jane Olaosebikan Aghogho-Nigeria Rueben Craddock-New Orleans Linda C. Shaw-Denver, Colorado Abigail Scorsone- New Orleans Youth Outreach Paper Dress Body Fabricator& Paper Artist Spokesperson, Praise Poet & Announcer GAMBIT MEDIA PARTNER
Tive Ijoko-New Orleans John Edom-Lagos Franziska Trautmann-New Orleans Bernard Grant --Denver, Colorado Support Outreach to Co-Founder Sculpturer & Paper Artist Co-Founder of Glass Half Full Nola Official Photographer
Michelle Ochoa-Houston,Texas Oyinlola Sales-Lagos -New Orleans Michelle Nixon-Stanton
Founder of VENDORZS Founder of Audacity Agency/Media Treasury CCI Fiscal Agent
part of a global
Click the image, read her Recycle Story
Rev. Casimier-New Orleans System & Choir
Ahhav Casimier -New Orleans
MC & Fitness Trainer/Coach
2019 Video: Youth chef with our
COOKING WITH A CHEF Program
from New Orleans, Light Christian
YOUTH INVOLVEMENT HIGHLIGHTS:
The 2nd Annual Earth Day Celebration is scheduling a week-long of events from April 18th, to the 23rd, 2023, and will be located at St. Roch's Market in New Orleans, Louisiana for the second time.
For the 2023 event in the U.S. and Nigeria, we are currently planning in-person & online workshops for youth. Through our planning team for Nigeria and New Orleans, we are reaching out to a small number of faith-based organizations and schools. As we plan, a year in advance, we are excited to feature activities for the entire family. Most importantly, through these activities, we address youth empowerment through developing programming that increases increase critical thinking skills, writing, art appreciation, and public speaking.
Our event is raising funds for Literacy Project International AKA Whose Magazine? A Youth Publication.
Click to see our planned programming, and view our schedule for 2023.
Through THE RECYCLE CHALLENGE with Whose Magazine? A Youth Publication, youth can participate informally in programming that introduces art and information about the environment. We bridge the world of activism, sustainability, recycling, and art. Art can solve issues around the environment while reducing trash pollution.
2018 Photo: Youth participate in
a press conference for THE RECYCLE
CHALLENGE (left Hailey and right
standing Robert) Discussing the effects
of trash and recycling. Debate Program
from New Orleans, Light Christian
THE RECYCLE CHALLENGE HIGHLIGHTS:
Demonstrate a new model for cleaner, greener, safer, and socially conscious events that stimulate our senses even as they challenge our perceptions. As we turn trash into art, we will also turn art into social consciousness. Most performers incorporated an aspect of recycling to repurpose into their performing attires.
*Youth involvement & participation as artists and storytellers.
*Many live musical performances will incorporate youth
* Virtual and in-person presentations will feature youth in guest spots
2018 Photo: Madera Rogers-Henry working
with youth on THE RECYCLE CHALLENGE
create a puppet of paper from Light Christian
2018 Photo: Youth from Light Christian Academy work in the hallway to work on a recycled paper project. Light Christian Academy
BENEFITS FOR YOUTH:
Children participate in activities that foster knowing more about the environment. More specifically, through art youth are taught in a hands-on approach. They begin to shift how they view recycling, repurposing, and reducing trash, and see it as a cool way to create viable art from trash.
Through their various experiences, each participant begins to utilize writing, reading, and critical thinking skills to convey their thoughts.
All written material from all of our programming goes into our 11X17 size magazine. The submitted work by youth turns into a feature within Whose Magazine? A Youth Publication issue.
When youth begin to see the positive results they create, there's a tremendous amount of pride. They become their futures now! As published photographers to published writers, poets, and cartoonists.
Through our Whose Magazine? A Youth Publication assignments, many of our youth have traveled, and interviewed major celebrities, to interviewing celebrities on the red carpet at numerous film festivals. We connect youth to real-world assignments that assist them to know they can access the world, and be anything they set their minds to be. More importantly, they prepare themselves for college to work preparation.
Over the past twelve years, our programs foster about 80% parental involvement. Many of our activities incorporate parents and guardians who assist as a support team, volunteer researchers, and the like.
Madera E. Rogers -Henry - VIABLE EDUCATIONAL PLATFORM
“Through our festival, we bring together young and old, alike. We are a family-friendly experience that showcases music, fashion, and art and intertwines to showcase recycling and repurposing. It's a positive vibe that celebrates the rich African history that's so abundant in New Orleans. THE RECYCLE CHALLENGE educates attendees on culture and traditions repurposed from paper and other rubbish into whimsical to stunning wearable works of art and costumes. “