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    BPCC receives military flags donated from Soldier’s Wish and Subway

    Soldier’s Wish, a national non-profit organization who identifies unmet needs of veterans of military service and provides resources to meet those needs, and Subway® have joined together to grant wishes and raise funds for military servicemen/women across the country. In celebration of Flag Day 2018 and to commemorate the opening of BPCC’s new Veteran Resource Center on the BPCC campus in Fall 2018, Soldier’s Wish and Subway® have generously offered to provide the College with the five military service flags, the American flag, and the POW flag to be displayed in the new center. It is their way of honoring all military students and recognizing their sacrifices through service to their country. They will also be presenting a check to the BPCC Foundation to provide scholarships for veteran students in need. Join us for the presentation at 10:00 am on Wednesday, June 13 at the Subway® restaurant on the BPCC campus (Building F), 6220 E. Texas St, Bossier City. Last year, Soldier’s Wish worked with our Veteran Educational Services Office to identify a BPCC military student to receive a wish. They awarded a BPCC veteran student with a laptop, printer, and accessories to help him complete his coursework and graduate with honors from the nursing program. For more information on Soldier’s Wish, visit our website.  For additional information on Subway’s® partnership with the organization, click here.

    Show your support of our local military

    May is Military Appreciation Month, a month to honor the service and sacrifice of members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines and National Guard as well as the contribution of their spouses.

    And, the Bossier Chamber of Commerce is celebrating by hosting the Military Recognition Breakfast on Thursday, May 3 at Margaritaville Resort Casino. The event, presented by Barksdale Federal Credit Union, will honor all of our local military units for their service. This SOLD OUT EVENT is a great way our business community shows its support of our thriving military community.
    Thanks to all of our sponsors: Barksdale Federal Credit Union, Willis-Knighton Health System, Margaritaville Resort Casino, Youngblood & Hodges, BancorpSouth, Red River Chevrolet, Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets, Boeing, Buffalo Wild Wings, BPCC and Boomtown Casino & Hotel.

    Bossier Innovates Foundation to participate in Give for Good

    On Tuesday, May 1, be sure to assist your local business community within the realms of business development and workforce development by making a contribution to the Bossier Innovates Foundation. By making a donation to this foundation you are ensuring the continuation of valuable efforts towards these aforementioned developmental causes. Within BIF's three pillars of education, innovation and entrepreneurship, and community enhancement, the foundation is providing leadership opportunities for students, dual enrollment/certification scholarships, college scholarships, honing in and celebrating new and upcoming industry sectors and encouraging students to take interest in these upcoming fields, as well as providing an array of programs such as E.P.I.C. (Entrepreneurs & Professionals in the Community) and Innovation NWLA. Help us help the local business community continue its efforts in growth, stability, and innovation.

    Fourth Annual Sydney Biedenharn Educators Endowment Reception

    Christmas morning is coming early for 17 Bossier Parish teachers, who will be on the receiving end of $30,000 in grant money thanks to the Biedenharn Foundation. For the fourth year, the Sydney Biedenharn Educators Endowment will enable Bossier Parish educators to integrate innovative resources in their classrooms to further reach students and engage them to learn. On December 12, at 3:30 p.m., a fun Coca-Cola themed reception will be held in honor of the Biedenharn family as the Board of Directors presents checks to this year's recipients at Bossier Instructional Center, 2719 Airline Drive.

    Lt. Governor to Visit Parkway

    Tomorrow, December 12 at 10 a.m., Louisiana Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser will be visiting Parkway High School to personally extend his congratulations to the Panthers for having one of only 26 high school bands in the nation selected to perform at the "Music For All" National Concert Band festival in March in Indianapolis. This is a very prestigious honor; the highest a school band can attain. Think of it as making it to the Superbowl! The Lt. Governor will also sign a proclamation commending the Parkway Band for this honor and be entertained by music from the group, led by Band Director Mark Minton. Learn more about this incredible honor Parkway Band has been selected for when you watch this video. The public will be able to hear the amazing Parkway Band when they present a free holiday concert on December 14 and they would welcome any publicity.
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    Four North Louisiana Parishes Strive to Become Work Ready Communities  

    SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER, LA — Four North Louisiana Parishes will launch a new workforce initiative on June 20, 2018 at 8:30 am at the Bossier Civic Center that will enhance the region’s ability to recruit companies and to train a skilled workforce.  Representatives from over 20 regional organizations from Bossier, Caddo, DeSoto and Webster Parishes will announce plans to become ACT® Work Ready Communities. Employers, educators, business and community leaders are invited to attend the free public launch of the ACT Work Ready Communities initiative, by registering at actworkreadynorthla.eventbrite.com or call 318.677.2559.

    “Over the last couple of years, we have seen increased attention given to WorkKeys and the ACT Work Ready Communities Program by companies and organizations that rank communities for their competitiveness in corporate site selection,” said Scott Martinez, President, North Louisiana Economic Partnership (NLEP).  “By participating in this program, we can improve our region’s standing compared to other locations. Availability of a skilled workforce has become a top consideration of companies considering where to locate and expand.”

    The ACT Work Ready Communities program is designed to assist a particular area, region or state in developing its workforce pipeline to provide skilled workers for employers by using the ACT WorkKeys System. The framework allows each participating community to measure and to improve the skill levels of its workforce through a standardized workforce skill credential—the ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate™ (NCRC). Supported by data updated online by Iowa-based ACT monthly, communities in 26 states are either certified or working toward certification.

    The process toward becoming Work Ready Communities began October 2017. NLEP convened regional representatives from local governments, K-12 and post-secondary education systems, workforce development, economic development and chambers of commerce to apply to the program as a regional team.  Since then, the regional team attended three of four ACT Work Ready Communities Academies, an executive leadership and a training program designed and hosted by ACT. To start the process of becoming certified Work Ready Communities, the team developed a common set of goals focused on increasing the number of National Career Readiness Certificate holders within different segments of the regional workforce. The next step is to build awareness, cooperation and commitment with local employers, policymakers, educators and economic developers.

    “As a result of more stakeholders signing on to participate in this initiative, we will see an increased interest from our students who will begin to see the direct impact a quality Workkeys score can have on their future as a job seeker and successful employee,” said Superintendent Clay Corley, DeSoto Parish Schools.

    This initiative is bolstered by the Louisiana Department of Education decision to begin funding the WorkKeys testing for some high school students, which has led to several hundred students in the four-parish area graduating high school with a WorkKeys certificate.  They can use this certificate to stand out to hiring managers if they want to go directly to work.  Area community and technical colleges are increasingly embedding WorkKeys in certain high demand programs, so that their graduates will have this additional tool to demonstrate mastery of the skills they need to be successful in their chosen career.

    For more information on the ACT Work Ready Communities initiative, go to workreadycommunities.org.

    ABOUT ACT

    ACT is a mission-driven, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people achieve education and workplace success. Headquartered in Iowa City, Iowa, ACT is trusted as the nation’s leader in college and career readiness, providing high-quality achievement assessments grounded in more than 50 years of research and experience. ACT offers a uniquely integrated set of solutions that help people succeed from kindergarten through career, providing insights that unlock potential. To learn more about ACT, go to www. act.org.

    ABOUT NORTH LOUISIANA ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP

    North Louisiana Economic Partnership, an Accredited Economic Development Organization, provides professional economic development services to the 14 parish region of North Louisiana, including lead generation and prospect management. The organization also represents the interests of North Louisiana with a unified voice and as a single point of contact. It acts as a catalyst, a convener, and a connector in the region to ensure that North Louisiana’s economic development potential is realized. Its vision is for North Louisiana to be a thriving region-a destination for high quality talent, innovative companies, and global investment.

    BOSSIER CHAMBER RECOGNIZES AND HONORS MILITARY CHILDREN’S SACRIFICE

    The Month of April is designated as the Month of the Military Child

    BOSSIER CITY - The month of April is designated as Month of the Military Child. This month’s observance focuses on showing support to military children in recognition of the sacrifices they make while their parent(s) serve our country. The Bossier Chamber of Commerce’s Military Relations Committee and Northwest Louisiana Military Support Foundation are partnering on two celebrations to help recognize military children and families.
    • KidFest, April 7, 5-8 p.m. at Bossier Civic Center, a fun festival of the Warrior Network with games, food, inflatables, displays, prizes, fun and much more! Military kids of all ages (and parents as well) are invited to attend.
    • Purple Up Day, April 13, 1:30 p.m. at Haughton Middle School, where we recognize the military children in the Bossier Parish School System.
    So, why the color purple for “Purple Up Day”? Purple is the color used to signify all branches of military service blended together (U.S. Navy and Air Force blue, U.S. Marine red, and U.S. Army green). Businesses can get involved in Purple Up Day and show support for military children, too, by allowing employees to wear purple that day, or change their marquees to display supporting statements such as “We Support Military Children” or “Purple Up for Military Kids.” Additionally, businesses are encouraged to offer special discounts throughout the month of April for military children and families. For more information about Month of the Military Child, please contact Kattie Hollay, Military Relations Liaison, at mrc@bossierchamber.com or call (318) 746-0252. ###

    State of Bossier Address to highlight 2017 successes and 2018 outlook for Bossier

    Luncheon will highlight panel of Bossier Parish mayors and BPPJ president

    BOSSIER CITY - Bossier Parish and City leaders will partner with the Bossier Chamber of Commerce to present The State of Bossier Address on April 19 at 11:30 a.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn’s Garden Event Center.
    In its fourth year, the luncheon, presented by sponsor CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier Health System, will feature a panel, including Benton Mayor Shelly Horton Jr., Bossier City Mayor Lorenz “Lo” Walker, Haughton Mayor and Plain Dealing Mayor David Smith, as well as the Bossier Parish Police Jury President for 2018, Glenn Benton.
    These officials will sit on a panel together, starting the discussion by telling the audience about their successes and challenges in 2017 and moving forward into 2018. Then, the panel will be asked questions, submitted by Bossier Chamber members, for a Question and Answer session.
    In addition to parish and city leaders, Douglas White, the director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at LSU Shreveport will give a regional economic outlook with statistics and information specific to Bossier Parish as well as points of interest to the business community.
    “The State of Bossier Address is a great annual event for the Chamber and for Bossier,” said Bossier Chamber of Commerce President Lisa Johnson. “This event shows our community and our region what great things are going on in Bossier and how the city and parish are emerging as leaders in innovation and growth in the area.
    “But, more importantly, the State of Bossier Address shows the strong partnerships within our community and how our local leaders are working together to grow Bossier.”
    Tickets to the event are still available at $40 each at www.bossierchamber.com. For more information, contact the Bossier Chamber of Commerce at (318) 746-0252.
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    LET’S TALK ABOUT THE LEGISLATURE

    Seminar Series debut focuses on where the Legislature is headed in 2018

    The special session has ended without much action; the regular session begins on Monday and there is a lot of speculation about a second special session.

    Want to know where we go from here? So do we.

    That’s why the Bossier Chamber of Commerce is hosting our first Government Relations Seminar Series to talk about the state we are in: Where is the Legislature on key issues and where do we go from here?

    Join us on March 15 at 8 a.m. at Jimmy’s Seafood & Steak at Margaritaville Resort Casino as we welcome Louisiana Association of Business and Industry’s Camille Pampell Conaway, Senior Vice President of Policy and Research. Conaway leads public policy analysis, development, and research initiatives across a range of issues important to business.

    Thank you to the sponsors of this event: Citizens National Bank, Red River Bank, Cook, Yancey, King & Galloway, Mosley Title Company, Roberts and Murphy and Townsquare Media.

    Tickets are $25 each and include a full breakfast. You can get tickets at www.bossierchamber.com.

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    Bossier City a hot market

    Numerous job fairs springing up in March

    BOSSIER CITY — Several career fairs are popping up all across Bossier City. With each new company that opens its doors, there comes a slew of available job opportunities. Not only is Bossier seeing new growth within the realms of new business, the area is also noticing a surge of growth and expansion among existing business. In addition to the upcoming fairs listed below, the Bossier Chamber partnered with TAPS Plus (Transition Assistance Program) on an industry-specific job fair today for our local military men and women -- this time for the manufacturing and law enforcement industries. Career fairs are indicative of a thriving economy and Bossier City offers its residents a multitude of prospects within the realms of job placement, including these upcoming events:

    BPCC Nursing and Allied Health Graduate Career Fair

    Thursday, March 22

    12:30 - 2:30 p.m.

    Nursing and Allied Health Building

    Building H, First Floor

    6220 E. Texas St.

    Bossier City, LA

    Virginia College Career Fair

    Friday, March 23

    10:00 a.m. - 1 p.m.

    2950 E Texas St. Ste. C

    Bossier City, LA

    Career Fair - The Blake at Bossier City

    Tuesday, March 27

    11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

    Bossier Parish Library Historical Center

    2206 Beckett St.

    Bossier City, LA

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    CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier named one of top hospitals for safety and patient experience

    CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier Health System has been named among a select group of hospitals and health care systems across the country honored with the Healthgrades Outsanding Patient Experience Award for 2018. This year, 439 hospitals received the Healthgrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award, representing the top 15 percent of hospitals in the nation for patient experience. “We are honored to be recognized for the effort and energy this system puts into ensuring our patients have the best possible experience when they visit our facilities,” Isaac Palmer, CEO CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier Health System, said. “I want to thank all of our Associates and providers who live our mission every day. They provide exceptional care to our patients, work diligently on their behalf, and they are proud to be a part of this team.” As part of analysis, Healthgrades evaluated 3,478 hospitals that submitted at least 100 patient experience surveys to the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), covering admissions from April 2016 to March 2017 to identify hospital performance in this area. “It is a privilege to be recognized on this list of some of the most outstanding facilities in the country through the Outstanding Patient Experience designation,” said Mary Seale, Patient Relations Coordinator at CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier Health System. “This honor is a testament to the hard work, dedication and expertise of CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier, our medical staff, our nurses, our Associates and every member of our team who give their all every day to ensure that our patients are cared for in an environment that prizes our core values of dignity, integrity, compassion, stewardship and excellence.” Healthgrades evaluated hospital performance by applying a scoring methodology to 10 patient experience measures, using data collected from a 32-question patient experience survey of the hospital’s own patients. The survey questions focus of patients’ perspectives of their care in the hospital, ranging from cleanliness and noise levels in patient rooms to factors such as pain management and responsiveness to patients’ needs. The measures also include whether a patient would recommend the hospital to friends or family. “We value the feedback of our community and the patients we serve,” said Palmer. “This recognition is based on their feedback and priorities. We will continue to build on the trust they place in us to deliver high-quality, faith based care to every person that we see.”  

    Bossier High ribbon cutting June 12

    Good morning media and community partners, We are looking forward to sunshine and blue skies during the ribbon cutting at 4 p.m. today for the new artificial turf football field at Bossier High School. This endeavor was made possible thanks to the City of Bossier City and a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with Bossier Schools as part of the East Bank district and downtown re-envisioning project. It is a touchdown not only for Bossier Schools, but also the city and community as a whole. You can see the transformation that has taken place by viewing the attached photos. We hope to see you there. Free burgers, hot dogs and cold drinks will be served and the public is welcome to attend the celebration.  

    BPCC receives military flags donated from Soldier’s Wish and Subway

    Soldier’s Wish, a national non-profit organization who identifies unmet needs of veterans of military service and provides resources to meet those needs, and Subway® have joined together to grant wishes and raise funds for military servicemen/women across the country. In celebration of Flag Day 2018 and to commemorate the opening of BPCC’s new Veteran Resource Center on the BPCC campus in Fall 2018, Soldier’s Wish and Subway® have generously offered to provide the College with the five military service flags, the American flag, and the POW flag to be displayed in the new center. It is their way of honoring all military students and recognizing their sacrifices through service to their country. They will also be presenting a check to the BPCC Foundation to provide scholarships for veteran students in need. Join us for the presentation at 10:00 am on Wednesday, June 13 at the Subway® restaurant on the BPCC campus (Building F), 6220 E. Texas St, Bossier City. Last year, Soldier’s Wish worked with our Veteran Educational Services Office to identify a BPCC military student to receive a wish. They awarded a BPCC veteran student with a laptop, printer, and accessories to help him complete his coursework and graduate with honors from the nursing program. For more information on Soldier’s Wish, visit our website.  For additional information on Subway’s® partnership with the organization, click here.

    Caddo District PTA Book Drive

    It's time for Spring cleaning. If you come across any gently used Pre-K through 5th grade books in your closet, please consider donating to the upcoming book drive. For the second year, Step Forward and the Caddo District PTA are partnering to host a summer-long book drive. All books donated will be placed at the Caddo Parish Health Unit Little Free Library. Contact Amy Failla at president@caddodistrictpta.org for more information.

    NWLA STEM on Screen 2018 success for more than 300 students

    NWLA STEM on Screen 2018 was a huge success. More than 300 middle and high school students from Caddo and Bossier participated in the week-long STEM movie screening and discussion at The Robinson Film Center. Students viewed The Greatest Showman and WarGames. After each movie, students had the opportunity to engage with local area colleges and interact with STEM professionals during lunch. The purpose of the event was to explore STEM-related concepts through film and area professionals.
    Bossier Parish Community College, Northwestern State University and Step Forward helped sponsor the 2018 STEM on Screen.
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    LCTCS Board votes to not increase tuition and fees in 18-19 school year

    Today, the Louisiana Community and Technical College System Board of Supervisors unanimously voted not to increase the cost of attending a 2-year college in the upcoming 2018-2019 academic year. The vote occurred during the Board's meeting in Baton Rouge.  Given the concerns of affordability, the Board continued a 2-year practice of not increasing tuition and mandatory fees at LCTCS colleges. "The single most important measure that Louisiana's Community and Technical Colleges can take to improve access, retention, and completion is to ensure that current and potential students can afford to attend our institutions, said Board Chairman, Tim Hardy. The greatest challenge facing students is affordability and our action today, keeps tuition flat, which will help provide access to academic and workforce training for thousands of Louisianans." The Board also addressed other affordability and access issues by approving the Go Grant Non-credit Pilot Proposal and the Implementation Plan for "Tops Tech for Adults", as authorized in the 2018 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature. Recognizing the value of short-term, high-value workforce training, and working in coordination with the Louisiana Board of Regents and the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance, theLCTCS leadership proposed an expansion of the Go Grant program for the 2018-2019 academic year. The proposal seeks to fund scholarships for adult students enrolled in certain non-credit, workforce training programs specifically those programs that lead to a high-value Industry Based Credential. LCTCS colleges will use up to 25% of their approximately $2.5 million Go Grant allocation for the pilot. Nearly one half of Louisiana's working age adults hold a high school diploma or less, as such, they are unable to fully participate in the state's economy and are more likely to be dependent on state resources. The "Tops Tech for Adults" program calls for the development of a pilot program to establish scholarships for use in programs aligned with high-demand, high-wage occupations by Louisiana's working-age citizens who have earned an alternative high school diploma. To fund the scholarships, colleges will raise funds by working with community and industry partners. "I am extremely proud of the action taken by our Board today which will most certainly increase access to people all over the state of Louisiana," said Monty Sullivan, LCTCS president. The solution to Louisiana's fiscal challenges and the most effective means of reducing government spending lies in our ability to educate and skill more of Louisiana's adults, ensuring they are fully able to participate in the economy, take care of their families, and contribute to the tax base. More people educated and skilled, more people working, and more people contributing to the economy is good for Louisiana." In other Board business, today's meeting was Hardy's last as Board Chairman. He served as chairman for the past two years. "It has been an absolute pleasure to work along side Chairman Hardy", said Supervisor Mickey Murphy. "He has led this Board during very difficult financial times and worked tirelessly to advocate on behalf of the students, communities we serve, and our faculty and staff." Stephen Toups of Baton Rouge was elected Chairman, Paul Price, Jr., of Winnsboro was elected first Vice-Chair, and Willie Mount of Lake Charles was elected second Vice-Chair. Each will serve a two-year term.

    Minority Business Development Agency announces federal funding opportunity

    The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) issued a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) launching a nationwide competitive grant solicitation for innovative projects and initiatives from prospective organizations that assist minority-owned businesses to address their most pressing needs and those of the communities they serve. This announcement is a mechanism to encourage new activities, education, outreach, innovative projects or sponsorships that are not addressed through other MBDA programs. A total of $11.65 million will be available annually to fund the financial assistance awards under this announcement utilizing FY2018 appropriated funds. Funding Opportunity Description MBDA, a bureau of the U.S.. Department of Commerce, leads Federal Government efforts to promote the growth and global competitiveness of minority business enterprises (MBEs). MBDA has established key priorities designed to overcome the unique challenges faced by minority business enterprises (MBEs).  MBDA is now initiating new approaches to serve MBEs that compliment Presidential priorities and U.S.. Department of Commerce goals. These program priorities are as follows:
    • Access to Capital
    • American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Project
    • Aquaculture
    • Disaster Readiness
    • Disaster Recovery
    • Entrepreneurship for Formerly Incarcerated Persons
    • Global Minority Women Economic Empowerment Initiative
    • Historically Black Colleges and Universities Initiative
    • Inclusive Infrastructure Initiative
    • Research
    • Space Commerce
    • Sustainable Business Model
    • Technology Transfer and Commercialization
    • Virtual Business Center
    Submission Requirements Eligible applicants may be for-profit entities (including but not limited to sole-proprietorships, partnerships, limited liability companies and corporations), non-profit organizations, institutions of higher education, commercial organizations, individuals, state and local government entities, quasi-government entities, Indian Tribal governments, Tribal entities, and Native Hawaiian entities. The deadline to submit completed applications for the broad agency announcement is 11:59 pm EST on July 11, 2018. Applicants are encouraged to submit applications as soon as possible to receive funding for Fiscal Year 2018.For more information and to register for a pre-application teleconference visit our website. Pre-Application Conference Call MBDA will conduct two pre-application conference calls on June 18 and 21, 2018 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm EST.  The goal of the conference call is to provide a background and summary of the BAA, as well as provide potential applicants with the opportunity to ask questions about the program and the application process. The times, locations and registration instructions for the pre-application conferences will be posted on MBDA's website. Applicants should visit MBDA for more information.

    Are you ready to be Work Ready?

    Northwest Louisiana wants employers, students and potential companies to know – We Are Work Ready!

    In October 2017, the North Louisiana Economic Partnership (NLEP) gathered regional partners like the Bossier Chamber of Commerce to initiate the ACT Work Ready Community program in Bossier, Caddo, DeSoto and Webster parishes.

    This initiative leverages the ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate to measure and close the skills gap.

    To date, more than 40 regional employers recognize WorkKeys and three locals are Champions of the cause in Northwest Louisiana -- Omni Specialty Packaging, McInnis Brothers, and DeSoto Regional Health System. You can join them by signing up today for this great initiative or sign up to attend the regional launch at 8:30 a.m. on June 20 at the Bossier Civic Center.

    ACT Work Ready Communities empowers states, regions and counties (parishes) with data, processes and tools that drive economic growth and workforce development. Individuals who successfully complete the three WorkKeys assessments - Applied Math, Graphic Literacy, and Workplace Documents - earn the WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate, a valuable credential for students and job seekers seeking to verify foundational workplace skills.

    Not only are the ACT WorkKeys assessments beneficial to those individuals taking the assessments, but also the employers who recognize the program and give preference to candidates who have a certificate when deciding who to hire or promote.

    If you would like to be an employer who recognizes ACT WorkKeys register here.  For more information on integrating this initiative into your business join us at the regional launch event on June 20, 8:30 a.m., at the Bossier Civic Center.

    Louisiana Women Veteran’s Day

    Women have served, either formally or informally, in America's military since our country's founding, and the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs (LDVA) would like to recognize their service and acknowledge their sacrifice today. Today there are over 1.8 million female veterans who work in a myriad of positions in the civilian sector and who continue to give back to their communities. Here in Louisiana, we have approximately 28, 737 of those female Veterans living among us. We owe our thanks, support, and respect, to all of the women that have served and are currently serving these United States of America. They have traveled a long and sometimes difficult road in order to reach their destinations. Thank you all for what you've done for us. More from the source here.

    Volunteer opportunities to benefit local youth

    Did you know 33 percent of third grade students in NWLA aren't reading on grade level? You can change that by giving an hour of your time each week to read and mentor third grade students during the 2018-19 school year. Make a difference in your community! Interested in becoming a Literacy Volunteer? Click here for the literacy volunteer application Orientation Dates TBA For information, contact Lou Papai at Louispapai001@gmail.com Interested in another volunteering opportunity? Volunteers for Youth Justice The GEMS & GENTS Mentoring Program works to address youth accountability, lack of youth guidance and adolescents transitioning into adulthood. The program works with at-risk and high-risk students ages 13-18 who are involved in the local juvenile court system. To get involved, please contact Shonda Houston-Dotie at shonda.houston@vyjla.org or call 318-425-4413.
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