Bria Winfree

Public Affairs Assistant

Originally from Deville, Louisiana, Bria moved to Monroe to pursue degrees in History and Political Science with a minor in English at the University of Louisiana Monroe. She intends to graduate in the Spring of 2021 to begin her career as an educator.

Bria has become involved in various organizations on ULM’s campus, including ULM Hawkseekers, ULM Quiz Bowl and the Green Hope club, as well as the ULM Honors Program.

In her free time, Bria enjoys hiking, painting and reading, as well as volunteering through her various organizations.

Ways to Connect

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Early childhood education brings high returns for the community. Susan Nelson, director of Louisiana Partnership for Children and Families, talks with KEDM about raising funding for early childhood education.

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Sleep is one of the most important 'fuels' our body needs. Dr. Lynn Clark, executive director of the Children's Coalition of Northeast Louisiana, says that engaging with teens about how to get a better hold on their somatic health can positively impact mental and physical health. 

Talking to Your Teens About Sleep

Switzerland-based helicopter maker Kopter selects the Lafayette Regional Airport to assemble helicopters, creating 120 jobs. Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson says Kopter looked at 38 locations before picking Lafayette, which has a strong helicopter culture, because of the oil and gas industry.

The Kopter Production and Product Support Center will deliver SH09, among a variety of models throughout the Western Hemisphere.

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Many parents are aware of sex trafficking, but think it can never happen to their child. Pamela Samuels Young, attorney-turned-writer and advocate, wants to dispell that myth. "If your child has a cell phone, predators have direct access to them," Young says. 

Misconceptions 

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Drug culture has existed for generations, but is rapidly changing into something parents might not recognize. Jermaine Galloway, drug and alcohol trend expert, says parents might have a harder time connecting with their child because of these generational ideas, but it's not impossible. 

Generational Changes in Drug Culture

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Child advocacy is speaking out for the best interest of children. Jan Daniels, youth development coordinator of Children's Coalition of Northeast Louisiana, discusses how to be an advocate for children and why it is important. 

When To Be an Advocate for Children

Jan Daniels describes advocacy as speaking out for children in the face of obstacles like bullying and strained relationships with authority figures, such as coaches and teachers. Children can run into these problems at school, after-school programs and extracurricular 

clubs. 

Downtown Monroe
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Monroe city employees  will deliver 400 hygiene kits for the homeless in the area. Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo says, “Thanks to the personal donation of more than $1,400 from City of Monroe employees from within every department, we were able to partner with the United Way of Northeast Louisiana to purchase supplies for 400 personal hygiene kits for the Homeless and less fortunate within our community.”

City of Monroe employees will assemble the kits at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, January 31, in the Fort Miro Room of the Monroe Convention Center (401 Lea Joyner Expressway).

A Louisiana energy services firm is increasing its footprint at a local port, a move expected to create 150 new jobs over five years.

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Monday that Bagwell Energy Services intends a $2.5 million expansion at its Port of Delcambre fabrication center in Iberia Parish.

A court-martial in Louisiana has sentenced a 22-year-old airman to 35 years in prison for killing his roommate in Guam last year.

The seven-officer panel sentenced Isaiah Edwards on Tuesday in the March 27 stabbing death of 20-year-old Bradley Hale, news agencies reported. Edwards will be dishonorably discharged from the Air Force. Both men were airmen and electronic warfare journeymen stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base in north Louisiana.

ULM Office of Marketing and Communications Faculty, staff and retirees of the University of Louisiana Monroe who are U.S. veterans or on active duty will be honored at the Veterans Day Service at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 12.

The service will be in the Conference Center on the seventh floor of the library. Guest speaker will be Karen Vaughn, the mother of U.S. Navy SEAL Aaron Carson Vaughn, who was a member of SEAL Team 6. On Aug. 6, 2011, Vaughn and 29 others were killed when their helicopter, Extortion 6, was shot down in Afghanistan by the Taliban.

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