The Renaissance Project LA


Students at the Center

Quality education creates a path toward self-sufficiency. The Renaissance Project fosters an educated citizenry through its support of Students at the Center (SAC), an independent creative writing and digital media program in public schools. SAC puts students at the center of education, encouraging them to stay in school and graduate ready for college, career and citizenship.

Students at the Center (SAC) has worked within public schools in New Orleans since 1996. SAC instructors teach both regular and advanced core curriculum classes that are open to all students. Students participate in SAC through English, elective writing and social studies classes in their schools. Most become published authors during their participation in the program.

Jim Randels and Kalamu ya Salaam, co-direct Students at the Center: divide their day across two high schools and interact with youth five days each week. SAC hosts a Thursday evening video workshop, Saturday writing workshops, professional development workshops and monthly meetings of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation funded racial healing project “Healing a City Through Stories” SAC’s partners include: United Teachers of New Orleans, Louisiana Federation of Teachers, the American Federation of Teachers, Guardians of the Flame, Artspot Productions, Orleans Parish Public Schools, Tambourine and Fan, and Louisiana Justice Institute.

SAC leads a racial healing project called Healing a City Through Stories: A Culturally Relevant Curriculum and Professional Development Initiative for the Teachers and Students of New Orleans.