Slam New Orleans
won the 2013 National Poetry Slam in Massachusetts Aug. 17. More than 70 four- and five-person teams vied in the poetry competition. Louisiana teams Eclectic Truth and New Orleans Slam also competed. Slam New Orleans — Kaycee Filson, Sam Gordon, Justin Lamb, Akeem Martin and Michael "Quess" More — also won the 2012 competition.
received Parkway Partners' 2013 Green Spirit Award Aug. 22. The urban landscape advocacy group presented its fourth annual award to the popular WDSU meteorologist for her advocacy and work on neutral ground and garden projects, including school gardens and the sunken gardens on Canal Boulevard.
UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
donated 50 computers to seven New Orleans community organizations in August. The initiative aims to create computer labs and expand Internet service. Recipients include Exodus Place, Community Commitment, A Silent Life, Love Impact, St. Mark Church of Religion, and Ebenezer and Agape Baptist Churches.
The Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice
received the American Correctional Association's (ACA) Golden Eagle Award, the ACA's highest honor, and is only the third juvenile justice system in the U.S. to receive the award. The Louisiana office oversees three secure care facilities (and one satellite facility), 11 regional field offices and its main office in Baton Rouge.