YMCA Podcast on Shreveport-Bossier | KTALnews.com

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SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) — There’s a new initiative the YMCA of Northwest Louisiana is using to connect residents of Shreveport and fuel honest conversations about the challenges and positives of the city.

“How do you get a kaleidoscopic view of this community? A, to better understand what this community really looks like. B, to understand some areas of the community where we’re really doing great things. And C, hopefully some things will come out that seem very clear that we need to focus on to improve. Even finally, how can we better understand the community to better understand ourselves? What is our identity? Who are we as a community? Jeffrey Goodman, YMCA Marketing Director.

Goodman created a weekly podcast series called Shreveport-Bossier: My City, My Community, My Home.

“The idea behind it is how can we see this community from as many different angles as possible,” Goodman said.

He talks to local experts and city leaders to share their insights and honest thoughts about the city.

“If I had a really honest conversation about Shreveport, I’d say we’re a place with a great culture and a rich history. But still with some challenges in terms of achieving unity that we’re really going to have to achieve to move forward. this place,” said Shreveport City Council District C John Nickelson.

Crime and racial disparities.

“I think exposure is so essential. You need to be exposed to different concepts and different people,” said Dr. Kenna Franklin, LSUS associate vice provost for diversity, inclusion, and community engagement.

To the economy.

“If it’s economic prosperity that yes, it’s a problem. The numbers would say it’s a major problem here. Still, there are good things in place that are gaining momentum,” said Chris Graham, President and CEO of Fibrebond.

Even the rise of the farm-to-table movement that helps local restaurants and farmers.

“When I moved here 14 years ago, we didn’t have that,” said Gabriel Balderas, chef of the El Cabo Verde and Zuzul Coastal Cuisine menu.

Allow different perspectives and a platform to speak.

“I tell my guests that I will ask a question. If you want to take two seconds to answer it. If you want to take two hours to answer it. Now is your time. You have as much time as you want,” Goodman said.

Goodman plans a larger series of conversations about youth crime and wants to involve the community.

Shreveport-Bossier: My City, My Community, My Home is available to watch and listen on the YMCA of Northwest Louisiana Youtube channel. It is also on Facebook and Instagram.

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