Mayor unveils summer youth recreation, jobs program
Contributor: FOX8Live.com Staff
FOX 8 received this news release from the New Orleans Mayor's Office Tuesday evening:
Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and City officials unveiled the summer recreation and job opportunities for New Orleans youth to be offered by JOB1 and the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission.
"Providing safe and engaging summer opportunities for all of the children of New Orleans continues to be our priority," said Mayor Landrieu. "These programs aren't just about giving our kids something to do in the summer months; these programs enrich our entire city. We have a much stronger ability to improve our economy and reduce crime when we commit to our youth and invest in activities that provide them with safe places to learn and grow."
This year, NORDC will offer 34 youth camps (ages 4-12) that will serve nearly 4,000 children across the city through partnerships with schools, non-profits and faith-based organizations. There will be 7 teen camps (ages 13-17) which will serve 1,000 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. Additionally, teens will earn a stipend of $75 per week.
Residents can learn more about the City's Summer recreation and jobs program at www.nola.gov/summer .
"We have done intense work to ensure that New Orleans' youth are provided with quality, well-designed opportunities each summer and it will continue in 2013," said Vic Richard, CEO of NORDC. "We have great partnerships, vital new programming, and important public investment in place to make a real impact in every neighborhood in our city."
"For children everywhere, summer is the time to play games, build friendships and make memories," said Councilmember-at-Large Stacy Head. "For teenagers, it is a perfect time to gain work experience through jobs or internships. I am pleased that the City, through NORDC and JOB1, can provide these opportunities for our youth."
"The NORDC/JOB1 summer program offers valuable opportunities for our New Orleans youth," said Councilmember-at-large Jacquelyn Brechtel Clarkson. "Summer recreation, arts, education and career exploration programs enrich the lives of our youngest citizens and show that NORDC is truly on its way back to being a world-class recreation program."
"The NORDC/Job 1 Summer Recreation and Jobs program will provide opportunities for our youth to gain work experience and the skills they need to be successful in life while we keep them busy and safe at the same time," said Councilmember District A, Susan Guidry. "As Chair of the City Council Criminal Justice Committee, I am always supportive of programs such as this one that will offer our kids more opportunities. The NORDC/Job 1 Summer Recreation and Jobs program is a win-win for our kids and our city.
"I'm excited for the beginning of another summer with recreation and employment activities for New Orleans youth," said Councilmember District B, LaToya Cantrell. "Our young people need to be engaged, involved and active and these programs will go a long way toward achieving that. Hats off to the administration for continuing to ensure these programs are available for young adults."
"It's crucial that all our young people have access to high quality recreation and employment opportunities during the summer months," said District C Councilmember Kristen Gisleson Palmer. "Learning shouldn't just stop at the end of the school year. The NORDC and JOB1 programs offer our children and young adults the chance to stay academically, physically and professionally engaged during the summer."
District D Councilmember Cynthia Hedge Morrell said, "Summer is fast approaching and I am excited about the many opportunities to engage our children and youth in recreation and job readiness. My wish is for every child to be involved with learning experiences that are fun in nature and provide life-long lessons."
"Key to keeping our young people productive during the summer months is both supervised recreation and summer jobs," said James A. Gray II, Councilman for District E. " I applaud the Mayor and this public-private-nonprofit partnership for providing opportunities to teenagers of all ages to explore career paths and learn marketable job skills. This is the way we should prepare our kids for the future. "
The City will operate 13 pools this summer, including the pool at the Treme Center, which is opening for the first time since Katrina. Approximately 7700 youth will be served by swimming lessons and programming.
On Saturday, March 30, the City hosted a Summer Expo that offered parents an opportunity to sign their children up for City and partner sponsored camps, and programming. Programming details and site locations are attached. Registration for youth camps is still underway.
NOLA YOUTH WORKS
The Mayor's 2013 NOLA Youth Works Summer Employment Program will serve 1,600 young people ages 13 to 21 with six 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.
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.
"We see summer youth employment not only as an enriching experience for your young people, but as a pipeline for workforce development," said Nadiyah Coleman, director of the City's Office of Workforce Development. "We want to make sure that we train up the young people in our community so that they will be ready to take advantage of the jobs that are available in our local economy."
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 email@example.com or by calling the City's Office of Workforce Development at (504) 658-4518.
More than 3,000 young people completed NOLA Youth Works applications. The application period has now closed.
For 2013, NOLA Youth Works includes the following components:
NORDC Teen Camp (ages 13-17) – 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 June 3-July 12, 2013.
Work and Learn (age 15) – 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 June 24-August 2, 2013.
Signature Program (ages 15-18) – 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 June 24-August 2, 2013.
NOLA Youth Corps (ages 16-21) – 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 June 24-July 26, 2013.
Junior Camp Counselor (ages 17-21) – Youth will serve as junior camp counselors at various camp sites throughout the metro area. Additional training and certification will be provided. Participants will earn $8 an hour for 30 hours a week during the five-week program.
Intern NOLA (ages 18-21) – 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. June 17-July 26, 2013.
In 2010, Share Our Strength joined with Mayor Mitch 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 of New Orleans and its partners are aggressively working to coordinate kids to free summer meals to 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 can 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 4,742 youth in NORDC youth and teen camp received free breakfast and lunch. The City of New Orleans anticipates reaching that same number during this summer.
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