TODAY | November 08, 2013
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>>> all right. on today's extra yard, we are in the superdome. we're going to big easy . pay a trip down there to see drew brees .
>> through the dream foundation they raised more than $20 million for the city of new orleans and other charities.
>> they're look ago head to the future teaming up with high school students. today contributing correspondence jenna bush -hager has more.
>> the big easy . a city built on reinvention. as quarterback of the new orleans saints drew brees has emotions bodied that spirit before the super bowl win and the mvp awards.
>> i didn't have a team or home at the time. new orleans embraced us. more so than that it was a calling for us to come and be a part of the rebirth of this city and this community.
>> brees and his wife britney dove head first into the renaissance opening shops and starting businesses in new orleans . invested in the people too. four years ago he partnered with idea village. a local non-for-profit that launched the crazy idea challenge for high school students.
>> he came as an entrepreneur. it was so amazing to see his excitement and intensity and thoughtfulness how about we could truly impact the kids of new orleans .
>> reporter: students are teamed up solving an issue facing a new orleans business or school. everything from increasing school spirit to increasing youth t-shirt sales at a local store.
>> they're having to put their heads together and turn that into a legitimate business to help their school. help their community.
>> reporter: students like lucy and ma'lik that competed against each other last year are mentored by professionals and taught how to develop a business plan and market their product.
>> it gave us an opportunity to take an experience outside of the classroom.
>> i see myself in the future as being an entrepreneur. i know there's going to be failures as well as achievement and i'm prepared for that.
>> you watch a lot of these kids completely come out of their shell and become really confident individual which is great to see.
>> reporter: julie smith participated in the challenge from the conception and now is a freshman in college. she says she has drew brees to thank for her confidence.
>> he shepping us to see what we can do and open up to ideas we didn't think we were capable of.
>> the challenge continues to grow with google adding a tech focus to this year's competition. more students are signing on.
>> when they look into the face of someone like drew it takes their work to another level and opens their minds to what they're able to accomplish.
>> brees and his wife pick the annual winning team awarding scholarships and grants to their school.
>> every kid has a dream and every kid needs someone to believe in them and foster at a belief inside of them.
>> what was your crazy idea?
>> our crazy idea was probably to come to new orleans .
>> a city that tanhanks to his effort and the kids he has helped is on the way to having a crazy strong future. for today, jenna bush -hager, new orleans .
>> that's terrific.
>> i love him. just love the brees family.
>> done such a good job off the field but also won a super bowl which doesn't hurt.
>> you can watch the saints and the cowboys sunday night. sunday night football night in america kicks off at 7:00