Tulane receives $1.6 million to help youth

Tulane University’s Cowen Institute will receive $1.6 million over three years to fund community collaborative initiatives that improve education and help employ youth.

The work will provide financial and technical support to the EMPLOY collaborative, a group of 20 organizations in New Orleans that will coordinate education, training and job placement services to help young people get careers in high-growth industries.

The Cowen Institute will serve as the backbone, working with the Youth Empowerment Project, Delgado’s Accelerated Career Education program and the Tulane Earn and Learn Career Pathways Program.

Both high school graduates and others are eligible for assistance.

EMPLOY is one of seven national organizations to receive three-year grants from the federal Corporation for National and Community Service. Baptist Community Ministries will provide a local match for the first year.

Loyola Bateman team wins national title

Students from Loyola University took first place in the national Bateman Case Study Competition, making it the school’s ninth national title and the 14th year out of 15 that it has placed in the top three in the country.

The Public Relations Student Society of America, which organizes the competition, asks teams to tackle a full-scale public relations campaign. This year, students worked with Home Matters, a nonprofit aimed at building awareness for affordable housing and better communities nationwide.

Students in the Loyola School of Mass Communication created a “Geaux Home” campaign, persuading Mayor Mitch Landrieu to proclaim Feb. 24 as “Home Matters Day” to highlight how important home is to public education, safety, health and other critical issues.

The event included a one-hour public educational panel, followed by a “Geaux Sleepover” for students in the Loyola Peace Quad.

Teams from Loyola, the University of Florida and the University of South Carolina were chosen to present their campaigns before judges in Chicago.

Loyola Law student to receive Pro Bono award

Loyola University College of Law student Sophia Mire has been chosen to receive the Louisiana State Bar Association’s 2015 Law Student Pro Bono Award. The ceremony will take place May 19 at the Louisiana Supreme Court building in New Orleans.

The award is given annually in Louisiana to a law student who has demonstrated dedication to providing legal services to the poor. Mire was nominated by Davida Finger, associate clinical professor in the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice.

Mire, who graduates this semester, served as an intern in Haiti with the Avocats Internationaux/Institute for Justice and Democracy, a human rights organization. She pursued legal remedies following a cholera epidemic, rape accountability efforts in camps for displaced people and efforts to secure health care in prison facilities.

Mire also has participated in Clean Jacket Day, which helps low-income people in New Orleans obtain criminal expungements.

Delgado student wins auto competition

A student at Delgado Community College has won a gold medal in a statewide SkillsUSA Automotive Service Technology competition.

Frank Fowler is a student in the Ford Automotive Student Service Educational Training Program in Motor Vehicle Technology.

After winning the statewide competition in March, he will represent Louisiana at the national championship in Kentucky in June.

SkillsUSA is considered a “Workforce Olympics” of career and technical education in Louisiana, according to organizers. Students compete in contests designed by experts from local businesses. The multimillion-dollar event occupies a space equivalent to 16 football fields and involves nearly 1,500 judges and contest organizers.