Judge M’elise Trahan honored by youth program
By: Jeannine LeJeune
CROWLEY - Over the years, the Larry Guidry Education Sports Developmental Youth Program has had the opportunity to express its gratitude to several individuals.
Among those that they have recognized over the years is Judge M’elise Trahan.
Larry Guidry, and his wife, Yolanda, presented Trahan with a thank you letter and photos from one of her visits to a camp the program put on as well as a T-shirt.
“We presented her the gift because she is always so loving and caring toward the youth, and all the citizens of Crowley,” said Guidry.
Trahan has given countless hours of time and energy to the program and Guidry believed it was necessary to show their appreciation.
“She never says ‘no.’ I can’t remember a time when I’ve called her and she wasn’t willing to listen,” said Guidry. “But it’s not just that she listens, she’s willing to participate as well.”
Trahan has given her time to various organizations in the area, particularly those that promote education in the area for several years and the Larry Guidry Education Sports Development Youth Program has been no different.
“Larry and his wife (Yolanda) have helped hundreds of kids over the years and I respect both of them for it,” said Trahan.
The program has spent years incorporating education with sports and teaching the values of both, using it to teach area youth values that help them succeed throughout their lives.
“I love helping them out and am honored to do what I can when I can,” said Trahan.
“If he needs a guest speaker, I’m there. I love speaking to the kids and trying to get them interested in education and motivated.”
Both Trahan and the program feature the same goals, getting kids involved in their education and setting goals for themselves. Trahan believes that is at least part of what can help make kids successful.
“It’s great to get kids goal-oriented,” she said.
The Larry Guidry Education Sports Development Youth Program uses sports as a tool to motivate kids and allows them the chance to remain active and out of the streets.
The program puts on various basketball camps and other sports related camps throughout the year.
The Guidrys, in particular, have been active in the community for years, trying to reach out to the youth.
Trahan is also a proponent of education and with the program using sports to push education the program seemed to be a perfect fit.
So, when the Guidrys brought the gift to Trahan for all her hard work with the program over years, it was both a surprise and an honor for her.
“I was just honored to receive the thank you gift,” said Trahan.