Growing up in the greater New Orleans area post-Hurricane Katrina has shaped the outlook, attitudes and ambitions of young people.
That’s the message in a 14-minute video at the Louisiana Children’s Museum on display through August.
The video features 24 young people who were 4 to 11 when the storm hit Orleans, St. Bernard and Jefferson parishes. Now, ages 14 to 21, the survivors tell their stories and how their lives have been affected.
Culled from more than 20 hours of interviews by Dr. Valerie Wajda Johnston, of Tulane University School of Medicine, the stories have several unifying threads besides the storm and the subsequent deadly flooding.
“They also shared a sense of hope about the future, for themselves and the city,” Johnston said. “Among other qualities, the support and future orientation contributed to the resiliency of these young adults.”
“The threads of community, family and hope that are woven throughout their stories are valuable insights for those of us who work with children and families,” LCM’s Julie Bland said.
The museum also has an interactive map of the area and offers visitors a chance to add symbols about the elements of culture and uniqueness of the city. They also can write down their thoughts on “leaves of hope” to add to the Promise Tree.
The museum is located at 420 Julia St. in the Warehouse District and is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m, and Sunday, noon to 4:30 p.m. Call (504) 523-1375 or visit lcm.org.