I met Daniel Gurry in the fall of 2006 selling baked goods outside of our college. I fell in love with his passion and desire to help those desperately in need in New Orleans and the surrounding areas hit by Hurricane Katrina. He had a substantial wealth of knowledge about what was really going on in New Orleans because of the time he had spent there. I had done some reading on my own to try and find out what was really going on after Katrina, but I found little to no reputable news sources. I found personal narratives and experiences like Daniel’s to shed the most light. Daniel and I worked in collaboration with other college students to raise awareness of the current situations in New Orleans on campuses across the East Coast. After many bake sales, art fundraisers, wreath sales, and other fundraising projects, I was able to see first hand the struggles that the people of New Orleans encountered every day. I found it most rewarding to work with the children of Buras, Louisiana who lived in the government provided FEMA trailers. These economically disadvantaged children lost their sense of hope and security at a very young age. One of the little boys I talked with shared with me that he hopes one day he will not be scared when it rains outside. He was five years old when his family spent four days on the roof of their house begging for help that almost arrived too late. I have taken what I learned from the children that I met in the FEMA trailers in Buras and applied that knowledge while working with urban youth in Jersey City and in Newark. After leaving New Orleans in 2007, I accepted a job as a Newark pre-school teacher. The area which I currently work in was very severely hit by the 1968 riots in Newark. I see many parallels between my pre-k children who live in dilapidated housing projects in Newark and the children who live in the FEMA trailers of Louisiana. If I had not listened to what the children were telling me while I was assisting in their summer program in Louisiana, I would not have the skills and empathy I have today working in Newark. The NOLA Adventure After School Program provides a much needed outlet for young adults to express themselves. The affects this program has on a young developing adult are endless. Once a child is shown that he has value and that he/she matters in this world, they will build their self confidence. A self aware, confidant student will do better in school, appreciate their community and strive to make something out of their life. I feel that by introducing the arts to these seventh graders, we are changing the way a small group of students see the world around them.