NEW ORLEANS, LA—Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and City officials unveiled a robust package of recreation and job opportunities that are available to New Orleans youth this summer. Opportunities are available in all five City council districts through the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC) and NOLA Youth Works, the Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program. In total, the City is committing over $3 million to summer programming this year.
“Our priority is to provide safe and engaging summer opportunities for all of the children of New Orleans,” said Mayor Landrieu. “These programs benefit the entire city by providing a structured setting for our youth to learn and grow. We have a much stronger ability to improve our economy and reduce crime when we invest in our youth and provide pathways to prosperity.”
This year, NORDC will offer 41 youth camps (ages 4-12) that will serve over 4,000 kids across the city through partnerships with schools, non-profits and faith-based organizations. The programming offers a wide array of academic, cultural and recreation activities, including free field trips to the Audubon Zoo, the Aquarium of the Americas and NORDC pools for swimming lessons.
NORDC will offer 11 teen camps (ages 13-17) which will serve over 1,200 teens across the city. In partnership with JOB1, the City’s office of workforce development, teen camps will offer local teenagers career exploration seminars to allow for exposure to a variety of job fields. Free breakfast, lunch and field trips are provided. Additionally, teens will earn a stipend of $75 per week.
This Saturday, March 29, the City will host a Summer Camp Expo in five locations across the city offering parents an opportunity to register their children for City and partner sponsored camps and programming.
Registration for youth camps is still in progress.
Summer Camp Expo site locations include:
Lyons Recreation Center, 624 Louisiana Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70115;
Treme Recreation Center, 900 North Villere Street, New Orleans, LA 70116;
Cut-Off Recreation Center, 6600 Belgrade Street, New Orleans, LA 70114;
SUNO Multi-Purpose Building, 6400 Press Drive, New Orleans, Louisiana 70126; and
Joe W. Brown Center, 5601 Read Boulevard, New Orleans, LA 70127
“NORDC is extremely proud to deliver a diverse menu of services for youth and teens across our entire city,” said Vic Richard, CEO of NORDC. “We have one of the best recreation programs in the country and the summer time opens up a great opportunity for us to continue sharing all of our expanding youth programs with the community.”
“NORDC is as great as it's ever been with city-wide programming that has many options providing so many opportunities for our youth to explore all kids of various activities from arts to sports!," said Councilmember-at-large Jacquelyn Brechtel Clarkson.
“With summer approaching, it’s time for parents to start thinking about fun, safe and educational summer programming for youth. I’m excited by the number and variety of options available to children and teens this summer and I look forward to visiting many of the different programs throughout the summer months," said Councilmember-at-Large Stacy Head.
“It is crucial that our young people have access to meaningful activities during the summer months. Through these programs, many of our kids will embark on educational and cultural adventures. Many will learn skills that will help them pursue jobs and opportunities in the future. I applaud the Administration and the city’s community partners for stepping up to support our youth,” said District C Councilmember Kristen Gisleson Palmer.
NOLA YOUTH WORKS
The Mayor’s 2014 NOLA Youth Works Summer Employment Program will serve up to 2,000 young people ages 13 to 21 with five program offerings. NOLA Youth Works partners with private and non-profit companies and organizations to provide quality summer experiences at safe, structured and properly supervised environments. Youth summer employment opportunities will improve the overall education of the individual participants and help to build the capacity of our local knowledge-based workforce.
“Summer youth employment is a critical tool for the edification of a skilled workforce that will support the growth trajectory of the New Orleans economy,” said Nadiyah Morris, Director of Workforce Development. “We must continue to invest in real-world work experience opportunities for the populations most in need in our community.” Historically, the Mayor’s summer youth employment program primarily serves youth from disadvantaged backgrounds.
A new component of this year’s summer employment program is NOLA Youth Corps, which will engage young people in hands-on work experience that will include job site placement and revitalization projects in targeted neighborhoods.
The City has committed over $1 million dollars for the 2014 program. In addition, as part of a three-year commitment, the United Way of Southeast Louisiana will donate $70,000 to NOLA Youth Works. But local businesses must step up to help the City meet its goal of providing paid job experiences for nearly 2,000 youth. Full participation from both the public and private sectors is required in order to solve the skilled workforce shortage and provide a pathway to prosperity for o=ur young men and women.
Again this year, Mayor Landrieu is calling on local businesses and organizations to sign up to be part of the program.
Prospective employers can learn more about the program by visiting http://www.nola.gov/nolayouthworks. Employers can also request information by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the City’s Office of Workforce Development at (504) 658-4527.
The application period is still open.
For 2014, NOLA Youth Works includes the following age-specific programs:
Work and Learn, June 16-July 18, 2014 – With programming from various community partners, Work and Learn provides participants with grade level-specific instruction as well as career exploration, job readiness and project-based learning activities. Participants receive a $100 weekly stipend for 20 hours.
Signature Program, June 16-July 18, 2014 – A compilation of unique summer experiences, the Signature Program will provide participants opportunities in industries such as film and architecture. They will be immersed in learning through projects, community service, presentations and field trips. Participants will earn a $100 weekly stipend for 20 hours.
Traditional, June 16-July 18, 2014-Youth will be engaged in a youth friendly environment and receive hands on experience that is reflective of the job placement. Participants will receive $8 an hour for 20 hours weekly.
Junior Camp Counselor, June 9-July 11, 2014- These youth will serve as camp counselors at various camp sites throughout the metro area. Participants will receive $8 an hour for 30 hours weekly.
Intern NOLA, June 9-July 18, 2014 – Participants in this program, who will be selected based on their resumes and interviews, will intern in a local business, non-profit organization or public office. Internship positions will focus on research and short-term projects that provide impact to the host organization. Participants earn $10 an hour for 25-30 hours weekly.
Applications for NOLA Youth Works are accepted by appointment only. Youth and parents, may visit the NOLA Youth Works website at www.nola.gov/nolayouthworks for full more program information and schedule your appoint. Space is limited so please sign up early.
In 2010, Share Our Strength joined with Mayor Landrieu to launch the New Orleans No Kid Hungry Campaign, a public-private partnership working to end childhood hunger in New Orleans. The campaign is working towards that goal by connecting kids to federal nutrition programs including free school breakfast, free after school meals and free meals during the summer. This is done by joining forces and coordinating opportunities for kids to have easy access to healthy nutritious meals.
This summer, the City and its partners are aggressively working to coordinate free summer meals for all NORDC summer camps by linking them to Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) Sponsors. These sponsors prepare meals for summer camps. Any child under the age of 18 may participate.
All meals are FREE to summer camps and summer camp participants. Funding for these meals comes from the USDA and sponsors providing meals are reimbursed on a per meal basis. Eligibility in SFSP is based on Census data, because of the number of children in Orleans Parish receiving Free and Reduced lunch during the school year, summer camps in almost every neighborhood qualify to participate.
Last summer over 50,000 meals were served to NORDC youth and teen camp participants