In 1996, then first lady Hillary Clinton popularized the saying, “It Takes A Village” when she published a book with that title.
The original saying, “It takes a village to raise a child,” is variously attributed to African and Indigenous American societies. Wherever it came from, its meaning is widely accepted. And that is, the knowledge and skills a child needs to become a well-rounded, successful, functioning adult are learned not just from a child’s parents, but from people in their community.
Peter Ricchiuti’s guests on Out to Lunch today are two of those village people.
Larry Washington is working to retire the common complaint that kids graduate high school woefully unprepared for the real world.
You might have been one of those kids. A lot of us discovered when we left school that we knew nothing about credit cards, checking accounts, or budgeting. We had no real understanding of what being a member of the workforce is all about. And no one in school even broached the subject of entrepreneurship or what it means to start your own business.
If Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans has a connection to your kids’ school, they’re going to graduate knowing all of that. Junior Achievement of New Orleans reaches between 20 and 40 thousand students a year. And Larry Washington is its President.
After we graduate from school and move into various stages of adulthood, marriage, and parenting, we find out we have even more to learn.
Ty Salvant is an author, speaker, and founder of an organization called Time With Ty that focuses on providing education, support, and assistance in those areas of our lives where we’re expected to figure it out on our own. Sometimes, that strategy just doesn’t work out so great, and you need help. Time With Ty includes Time For Rest – self-care support for women; Time For Us – a marriage enrichment program; and Time To Play, which connects adults to local community organizations.
Ty is also the author of a series of children’s books called The Alphabet of You.
“Easier said than done.” We’re all familiar with that saying. And most of us are also familiar with how frustratingly true it is, in all kinds of avenues of life. It’s a lot easier to say, “Kids need a more rounded education,” or “We should be able to ask for help when we need it,” than it is to actually give kids a more rounded education, or ask for help when we need it.
We’re all indebted to people like Larry and Ty who dedicate themselves to stepping up and doing something about solving the problems most of just talk about.
Out to Lunch is recorded live over lunch at NOLA Pizza in the NOLA Brewing Taproom. Photos by Jill Lafleur.