I got a nice email from a friend of a friend, who is bringing a group of high school students to town to some charity work. In addition to volunteer work, the leaders of the group want the students to learn about the city. They break the students into groups and have them study various things. For example, one group is a "Law and Order" group and they’ll be studying the
criminal justice system. Ideally, they’d like to talk to
judges, public defenders, other lawyers and various activists
involved in trying to improve the system.
Other groups will be studying Urban Planning, Neighborhoods, Government (city and
state), Race and Poverty, Environment, Arts and Culture, Storm
Stories (creating an oral history documentary about Katrina), and the
City Economy. So if anyone has some ideas on who these students can talk to, or if you are that person, then let me know.