Wednesday, April 10, 2013

City Year New Orleans Honors UNO International Alumni Association President

norma-jane-sabistonCity Year New Orleans honors UNO International Alumni Associate President Norma Jane Sabiston this week as its 2013 Schoolhouse Rock Honoree.

University of New Orleans International Alumni Association President Norma Jane Sabiston will be honored this week by a national nonprofit and the mayor of New Orleans for her work helping to advance education in the city.

Sabiston, a government relations expert and political consultant who took the helm of the alumni association in August, is City Year's 2013 School House Rock Star honoree, said Peggy Mendoza, executive director and vice president of City Year New Orleans. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and his wife Cheryl will honor Sabiston at an event slated from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, April 11 at Rosy's Jazz Hall, 500 Valence St., New Orleans.

"We're honoring her because of her work not only in New Orleans and Louisiana but because of her energy and work in [advancing] education in Louisiana," said Mendoza.

City Year New Orleans is an education-focused, national nonprofit organization that partners with public schools to keep students in school and to help them graduate. AmeriCorps members who commit to a year of full-time service in schools partner with City Year to provide teaching services, serving as tutors, mentors, role models and leaders in middle and high schools in New Orleans.

Corps members help to improve student attendance, behavior and course performance, which are performance indicators for high school graduation. Corps members also help to improve school communities renovating schools; painting murals; planting gardens and creating play spaces. Together the organizations say they have served more than 5,000 city children, engaged more than 12,000 New Orleans residents in service projects and saved the state more than $15 million.

City Year New Orleans is an outgrowth of City Year Louisiana, which took root in Baton Rouge in the 90 days following Hurricane Katrina. Getting started in a city is typically a two-year process, said Mendoza. Sabiston, who spent more than 28 years working on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., helped the nonprofit get started in short order. She is a founding member of City Year New Orleans and a seven-year member of the board of directors. City Year is honoring Sabiston for her leadership, energy, strategy and vision -- and for delivering results, said Mendoza.

Sabiston has also set aggressive goals for the UNO International Alumni Association.

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