"I feel like this region has birthed me again in a sense. I have experienced a cultural rebirth since taking residence in this city. It is not like any of the other southern cities I have held residence in. New Orleans is such a gem in the south. Being immersed in New Orleans culture has completely changed my life. Being around such strong, resilient, and caring people daily has made me want to be a better person for my community.
There are so many beautiful things to enjoy about the culture here. With second-line parades, Mardi Gras, and the overall nature of having a good time there is never a dull moment. There is also a love of the arts, appreciation of the theater, and overall acceptance of all people who live here. Actually, there are many minority communities that are rich in heritage here, which makes me feel at home. But, no matter who you are New Orleans makes you feel like family. It also helps that the New Orleans Teach for America region made it so easy for us to mesh perfectly as a regional family. I appreciate having my network of people in the city always willing to help from inside and outside of Teach for America. I especially love that the residents here are living life in a way that is full of spirit. New Orleans has won my heart with its contagious, beautiful spirit. I am lucky to call this city home." –Jasmine Fluker (2014 Greater New Orleans Corps)