The Milne Inspiration Center
The MIC is a cultural community collaborative center of learning that provides opportunities for community development and social enterprise for young people who have a vision, desire and passion to be contributors to their respective and global communities by being movement builders and change the game of the social, economic and cultural landscapes of their communities.
“We’re here for a reason. I believe a bit of the reason is to throw little torches out to lead people through the dark.”
— Whoopi Goldberg
Milne Inspiration Center: The Place Where Youth are Empowered, Inspired, & Cultivated
When you think of youth based programs you think of YMCA, Black Girls Rock camps, Boys and Girls Clubs, but I was introduced to one in New Orleans called “The Milne Inspiration Center”. The purpose of the Milne Inspiration Center is to provide a safe space that cultivates the voice, vision and development of young leaders to reach their purpose filled futures. Since Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans has been rebuilding, rebirthing, and redeveloping to go back to the proud, strong, and active community that they are known for. But in the midst of rebuilding, we must not forget about our youth who are engaging, learning, and cultivating a mindset that will define not only their direction, but their future. After accessing the situation and realizing the importance of creating a space for our youth Le’Kedra Robertson decided on bringing forth the Milne Inspiration Center.
Central City Resident Teaches Entrepreneurship, Value of Giving Back
LE'KEDRA ROBERTSON HELPS STUDENTS LEARN HOW TO USE THEIR VOICES TO BETTER THEMSELVES AND THEIR COMMUNITIES.
At the end of the Milne Inspiration Center's summer program, students receive a key with the shape of a microphone at the top. It symbolizes what Le'Kedra Robertson wants to show the students who attend her program - that their voices can open any door they wish.
Robertson, a 37-year-old Central City resident, started the MIC Amped! summer program to teach New Orleans students about leadership skills and social entrepreneurship. Named after the historic Milne Boy's Home in Gentilly, which originally served orphans and troubled children, the MIC's programs help students explore topics such as how to make positive life choices, career development, financial literacy and arts and culture.