NEW ORLEANS, LA—Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced details of the 2013 NOLA Youth Works Summer Employment Program, a multifaceted program that provides rewarding summer experiences to young people ages 13 to 21. New to the program this year is NOLA Youth Corps, which will offer a combination of summer employment and community-based service projects in targeted neighborhoods around New Orleans.
“Creating jobs and meaningful opportunities for our young people is one of our highest priorities and one of the key tenets of our NOLA FOR LIFE plan,” said Mayor Landrieu. “This program lets our youth earn their own money, learn about career opportunities and gain important skills that last a lifetime. I’m especially excited about the launch of the NOLA Youth Corps to help fight blight and revitalize our communities.”
Applications will be accepted by appointment at one of two JOB1 Business and Career Solutions Center locations: 3400 Tulane Avenue on the second floor and 3520 General De Gaulle Drive, Suite 1030, on the West Bank. The application is available online at http://www.nola.gov/nolayouthworks, where appointments can also be scheduled.
NOLA Youth Works partners with private and non-profit companies and organizations to provide quality summer experiences at safe, structured and properly supervised environments. Components include the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC) Teen Camp (ages 13-17), Work and Learn (age 15), the Signature Program (ages 15-18), NOLA Youth Corps (ages 16-21), and Intern NOLA (ages 18-21).
Again this year, Mayor Landrieu is calling on local businesses and organizations to sign up to be part of the program.
“Last summer, with the help of our local community, we put more than 2000 youth to work and we want to reach as many young people as we can this year.”
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) 658-4518.
For 2013, NOLA Youth Works comprises five distinct components:
NORDC Teen Camp, June 3-July 12, 2013 – The NORDC Teen Camp provides a career exploration program and leisure sports including golf and tennis. Breakfast and lunch daily and teens go on field trips weekly. Participants receive a $75 stipend for 30 hours weekly.
Work and Learn, June 24-August 2, 2013 – 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 24-August 2, 2013 – 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.
NOLA Youth Corps, June 24-July 26, 2013 – This program will combine traditional summer employment and community-based service learning projects in targeted neighborhoods. Participants will receive $8 an hour for 20 hours weekly.
Intern NOLA, June 17-July 26, 2013 – 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.
Prospective applicants are urged to go online promptly at http://www.nola.gov/nolayouthworks to schedule an appointment, as slots are expected to fill up quickly.