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2011 Director’s Community Leadership Awards

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Herreast Harrison

New Orleans field office Director’s Community Leadership Award 2011

The New Orleans Division is pleased to honor Herreast Harrison for her efforts to promote literacy and cultural diversity. Ms. Harrison founded the Guardians Institute, a youth development program that focuses on literacy, physical fitness, and cultural arts.

The Guardians Institute is located in New Orleans’ Upper Ninth Ward, a community ravished by poverty and high crime. After the destruction left behind by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the organization became a safe haven for African-American youth. Volunteers at the Guardians Institute take guidance from the Louisiana Department of Education and teach underprivileged children business finance, management skills, history, art, music, and literacy.

Ms. Harrison’s efforts have helped to provide at-risk children a chance to succeed. The program recently broke ground on a new community center, which will include classrooms, music and dance auditoriums, and a library that will have more than 25,000 books. The facility has been named a United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization site.


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FBI Director Recognizes
Distinguished Community Leaders
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In a ceremony at FBI Headquarters, Director Robert S. Mueller, III recognized the recipients of the 2011 Director’s Community Leadership Award. These leaders, selected by their area FBI field office, have demonstrated outstanding contributions to their local communities through service. The FBI is grateful for the work of each of these individuals and organizations on behalf of their communities.

“Whatever the motivation—an unfilled need, a tragic occurrence, a desire to give back—these are people who make things happen and enlist others in their cause,” said Director Mueller. “They are activists who have earned their prestige through good works.”

Recipients of the 2011 Director’s Community Leadership Award include:

- Albany
- Albuquerque
- Anchorage
- Atlanta
- Baltimore
- Birmingham
- Boston
- Buffalo
- Charlotte
- Chicago
- Cincinnati
- Cleveland
- Columbia
- Dallas
- Denver
- Detroit
- El Paso
- Honolulu
- Houston
- Indianapolis
- Jackson
- Jacksonville
- Kansas City
- Knoxville
- Las Vegas
- Little Rock
- Los Angeles
- Louisville
- Memphis

- Milwaukee
- Minneapolis
- Mobile
- New Haven
- New Orleans
- New York
- Newark
- Norfolk
- Oklahoma City
- Omaha
- Philadelphia
- Phoenix
- Pittsburgh
- Portland
- Richmond
- Sacramento
- Salt Lake City
- San Antonio
- San Diego
- San Francisco
- San Juan
- Seattle
- Springfield
- St. Louis
- Tampa
- Washington Field
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