from discoveryfest youth

At recess now, we have coaches who ask us what we want to play. I don’t think anyone has really asked me what I wanted to play before and then helped me play it!
— Derek, 4th grade
Without DiscoveryFEST, I wouldn’t have the chance to try a bunch of new things. If I just went home after school, I wouldn’t have anything to do there.
— Dariane, 3rd grade
I’ve never really had the chance to use paint before and and being creative in that way. But in art class, I got to use paint and found out I really like to use paint to make new things.
— Paige, 1st grade
Our recess coaches are awesome! They let us play fun games like football, basketball, soccer. I can ask the coaches to play and not only do they, they help us put new games that we would like to play at recess.
— Mayyen, 3rd grade

from discoveryfest staff

I just love DiscoveryFEST! It has not only been a tremendous honor to be witness to the creative endeavors of youth, but it has also enabled me to grow and continue work to make sure youth have creative opportunities and outlets.
— Anne Marie, Creative Writing Instructor
Within the schools we work in, students come in with a lot of structure and through DiscoveryFEST activities, I have begun to see youth break out of their shells, be inspired to try new things, think critically, and seek out and figure out answers in their own way.
— Hailey, Recess Coach and PlayFEST Instructor
DiscoveryFEST provides youth with an outlet to use the things they learn in school in a different way; especially in schools where recess and similar programs have been diminished. It’s great that kids have these types of opportunities through DiscoveryFEST and its partners.
— Kendric, Chess Instructor

from School Leaders

DiscoveryFEST provides New Orleans youth access to structured games and activities and helps them get excited about sports, physical activity, and learning those games and how they can replicate these at their homes. This provides them opportunities not only to play, but to be kids; which is incredibly important in New Orleans where sports are a huge part of the culture.
— Sarah Beth Greenberg, School Leader at KIPP Believe Primary
Students in DiscoveryFEST are more creative; they’ve practiced creative thinking and problem solving skills that extend outside of the after school or recess space and into the classroom and other areas of their lives.
— Korbin Johnson, School Leader at KIPP Central City Primary
Partnering with DiscoveryFEST really helps to balance out the enrichment offerings that we’re able to offer. It adds a panel of arts, sciences, and physical activity that supplement the items that might be missing from our curriculum.
— Elsa Sackett, Coordinator of Enrichment at Lycee Francais de la Nouvelle Orleans
I’ve seen a lot of kids get pretty upset when things don’t go their way in play or sport. When this happens, it can take away from crucial play time or discourage them all together. DiscoveryFEST students possess more resillency, can continue playing easier, adapt when things don’t go their way, and continue to have fun
— Bob Payne, Director of Co-Curricular Learning, New Orleans College Prep