I've been volunteering with Big Class for about a year. As a New Orleans area native, the thing that drew me to Big Class was their dedication to New Orleans' students, and understanding that the smallest kid can have the BIGGEST voice when he/she is given the space to express themselves. Mr. Doug and the other core staff work hard to provide our youth with the programs that interest them, and really let their minds grow naturally. By focusing on world building, not stringent rules of writing, the children are able to imagine better worlds, and sometimes, share the intense Truths of their own worlds. In a city where so many of our children are socio-economically disenfranchised, where being a child of color means you get so little, it's organizations like Big Class that are pushing wholeheartedly forward to cultivate the minds of the next generation - the many futures of New Orleans. As a woman of color, I value the contributions and diligence of Mr. Doug Keller, and the core staff of Big Class, because I am always asked to participate and provide feedback/suggestions to keep social justice in the forefront of what we do. I am so thankful to volunteer with Big Class, and I thought I should show my appreciation by keeping a small piece of Big Class with me for the rest of my life. Carrying a piece of the belief that creativity can never be trampled to the point of Death. The belief that all children have creative minds and a Heart to share their Vision with their communities. The belief that the Arts and its various disciplines should be accessible to everybody. If you share those beliefs, and donate to our organization, the many dreams and possible futures of New Orleans' children will become so many intertwined and wondrous realities. Ashe.