LAYAYA Project Blue
Layaya youth raised funds to purchase 20 life saving Belt Trauma Tactical Kits for our law enforcement officers. We distributed the kits to Plaquemines Parish Sheriff Department and Louisiana State Police. These kits are designed to assist our officers in the event of a major injury (such as gunshot wounds) and the tourniquets are designed so that an officer can apply it one handed in the event that this is needed in the field. The cost of each kit was $112 and the youth of LAYAYA exceeded their goal to provide at least 12 kits. They raised funds by doing chores/jobs such as cutting grass and babysitting in addition to selling their artwork.
LAYAYA & OUR ENVIRONMENT!
Nature inspires more than art! LAYAYA has worked to improve our environment in many ways since 2013. Whether we are planting cypress trees in the marsh to assist growth of our wetlands or doing a nature "clean up" along the levees or in our state and local parks - we know how important it is to give back to nature and our community through these projects. With so many young people spending less time outdoors, we also know that it is important to foster an appreciate for the benefits of being in nature. Developing a love for the outdoors is important to mental and physical health and helps future generations understand that we are fortunate to live in a place that has a bounty of natural resources that deserve to be protected through community service.
Community Gardening and Education
LAYAYA has provided outdoor art and gardening signs for the YMCA Community Garden as well as other community gardens in the area. In addition to the artwork, the LAYAYA youth have been happy to roll up their sleeves and dig into projects where they can learn about planting, growing and harvesting a garden. The LAYAYA Culinary Arts Department grows many of their own herbs and is in the process of expanding the program by planting a community garden at the LAYAYA Imaginarium for spring/summer 2021!