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Sponsored organization
Ole & Nu Fellas Social Aid & Pleasure Club
Organization description
The Club is a dynamic and very localized community support engine powered by Sue Press, the president, whose activities include:

- Annually sponsoring 5-10 children to parade with her Ole and Nu Style Fellas Social Aid and Pleasure Club.

- Volunteering since 2006 as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for Neglected and Abused Children. She represents children in court, is responsible for visiting child placements to ensure compliance, and makes recommendations based on her findings.

- Introducing young ladies to society by allowing them to make their debut at the Ole & Nu Style Fellas Annual Ball.

- Mentoring activities – group sessions at her home to encourage children regarding peer pressure, family matters, social etiquette, and proper behavior, for example.

- Sponsoring a community little league football team, sponsoring a child for the Community Easter Parade.

- And sponsoring children to participate in trips to various activities such as movies, basketball, football, baseball games and church.

- Charitable activities in the community, including hosting a book drive,“adopt a family” for Christmas, holding a school supply give-away, sponsoring a coat give-away for children in need and sponsoring a blanket and care packet give-away for the homeless.
Project update
ClassACT board members and others in the class participated in one of Sue Press's winter-coat drives, and several classmates worked to support a neighborhood football team.  Sponsor Rick Weil continues to be in touch through his LSU work studying on-the-ground mentoring.

Update from Rick Weil, April 2018: "I went to Sue Press’s annual Nu and Old Fellas Social Club ball a few weeks ago.” Sue’s social club embodies a form of social work that Rick calls “retail mentoring,” hands-on work with children in the Treme neighborhood which ClassACT has supported previously. “At a panel on tikun olam, the Jewish concept of service, at seminars on Jewish learning, two presenters who run the service program at Tulane were interested in the idea of helping coordinate the neighborhood mentor network I’ve been talking with Sue about developing.”

Rick also called our attention to a lead story in the New York Times in March 2018 about a new study about race and inequality out of Stanford & Harvard by Raj Chetty. “It was one of the best-done studies yet, and they concluded that mentoring might be one of the only things that works. Pretty cool from my perspective.”
Project contact
Rick Weil
Project contact email
Project location
New Orleans, LA

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