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Panelist Bio


Jamar Ennis
Louisiana Youth for Excellence

Jamar Ennis is the Executive Director of the Louisiana Youth For Excellence (LYFE) within the Office of Governor John Bel Edwards and the Governor’s Office of Community Programs.

LYFE is the Governor’s statewide positive youth development program that promotes leadership development, character building, and the awareness of the various consequences of at-risk behaviors, unplanned teen pregnancy, and sexual transmitted infections for Louisiana youth between the ages of 12-19. The LYFE program provides access to abstinence-centric resources to schools, faith-based, and community-based organizations, and parents.

Jamar has worked in public service for the State of Louisiana for more than twelve years, and has experience in HIV/AIDS prevention. He is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and has received his undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University and his Juris Doctorate from the Southern University Law Center.

He is engaged to Kimberly Barbee.

Current Topic


     10/18 - Louisiana Veterans Back Home

What are the programs and initiatives helping our veterans successfully transition to civilian life?
Since 2001, 2.6 million service men and women have been deployed to support operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Twenty-six percent of Louisiana’s veterans fought in these conflicts. The needs for these veterans are plentiful including securing employment and housing, and dealing with the mental rigors of transitioning from military back to civilian life.

Louisiana Public Square explores the unique programs and initiatives that are helping our state’s younger veterans successfully overcome these challenges on “Louisiana Veterans Back Home” Wednesday, October 24 at 7 p.m. on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recording Thursday, October 18.)

Veterans Coming Home is a collaborative, multi-platform public media project between Wisconsin Public Television and Kindling Group in partnership with local stations and other national organizations. Veterans Coming Home is made possible with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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Special Presentation


     05/16 - Louisiana Veterans Coming Home

What challenges do our returning veterans face?

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