Woodmere’s residents have more to enjoy and be thankful for since the Jefferson Community Foundation revived the Woodmere subdivision.
Woodmere is located on the Westbank of Jefferson Parish and is the largest subdivision in the State; it is home to about 20,000 residents, most are first time home buyers. In response to complaints from residents about a need for stronger public safety measures and enhanced code enforcement, the JCF partnered with the district councilman, Mark Spears, and funded a neighborhood renewal effort which included sponsorship of community health fairs, installation of video surveillance cameras in targeted areas , and seasonal community celebrations. The JCF also assisted with after school activity programs for Woodmere students.
Laureate Academy Charter School
JCF provided seed money to the founders of Laureate who needed private funds to staff the organizational activities.
Laureate Academy is a public elementary Charter School operating on the Westbank of Jefferson Parish. It serves largely at risk elementary school students. Opened in 2013, the school has adopted a mission of intense focus on literacy skills. Approximately 190 minutes of each school day involves high intensity literacy work. Expectations regarding student performance are high for each Laureate Scholar. Part of the mantra at Laureate is that every child can learn. The school day has been extended to 8.5 hours. Results are impressive. Laureate scholars continue to post impressive gains on standardized tests. There is a waiting list for each grade at Laureate.
JCF was instrumental in getting Laureate started. JCF provided seed money to the founders of Laureate who needed private funds to staff the organizational activities. JCF has continued to assist Laureate with special projects .
Metairie Business Development District Fat City Initiative
JCF played a critical role in sustaining and advancing the effort to re-vitalize the Fat City neighborhood.
In 2013 the Fat City Task Force created by the Jefferson Parish Council concluded its two years of work when it delivered a series of recommendations on that renewal effort to the Parish Council. That final recommendation involved the creation of a business development district known as the Metairie Business Development District ( MBDD) . The JCF helped facilitate that recommendation by providing funds for a small staff to ‘bridge ‘between the volunteer efforts until the official MBDD could take over. This volunteer organization known as Fat City Friends, served a vital role in the transition in the two year period between conclusion of the task force and the creation of the Metairie Business Development District in 2015. Fat City Friends was able to mobilize a public mural campaign, a ‘greening’ campaign involving the planting of more than 200 trees in Fat City and holiday lighting displays. The funding from JCF was leveraged to match a grant from the Parish so that those improvements could be rolled out and the effort could continue without interruption.
Kenner Discovery Health Science Academy
With continued support from JCF, Kenner Discovery now educates students from Pre-K through the 9th grade.
Kenner Discovery Health Sciences Academy Suggested Language for Project
In 2012, the Jefferson Community Foundation was a Founding Partner to Kenner Discovery Health Sciences Academy, the first community charter school designed for Jefferson Parish students. With continued support from JCF, Kenner Discovery now educates students from Pre-K through the 9th grade. Kenner Discovery educates 1,060 students and have a back- to- back ” A ” rating from the state. JCF supported our expansion request to the school board which allowed us to grow to a high school. JCF has had a positive impact on Kenner Discovery’s growth and success and proud to call JCF a Founding Partner