DYFS partners with LaYAYA

Under the direction of Judge Michael D. Clement, the Department of Youth and Family Services (DYFS) partnered with LAYAYA (Louisiana Young Artists, Young/Authors) and its director, Joannie Hughes, to create signs to label the vegetables and herbs in Plaquemines Parish’s first community garden. Judge Clement’s vision of a community garden recently came to fruition and is located at the YMCA in Belle Chasse. While volunteers and funding to build the garden were in order, the creative element of labeling the vegetables and herbs was lacking until Joannie Hughes and her talented group of young artists stepped up to the challenge. With very short notice, LAYAYA artists created beautiful signs that are placed in the community garden. Local artist, Jamar Pierre, assisted the young artists. Jamar’s services were paid for by a grant obtained by DYFS from the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc. LAYAYA’s mission parallels Judge Clement’s mission to create opportunities for youth from all backgrounds in Plaquemines Parish to do something creative and positive with their talents and their time. A special “thank you” goes out to Joannie Hughes, the LAYAYA artists and Jamar Pierre for their talents. More information about LAYAYA can be found at their website http://layaya13.webs.com/about-layaya.

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LAYAYA artists and their community garden signs with Director, Joannie Hughes (second from left), Jamar Pierre (back row, second from right) and Judge Michael D. Clement (back row, far right).

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