City unveils summer recreation and jobs programs
23rd April 2012 · 0 Comments
Joined by city officials, Mayor Mitch Landrieu on Tuesday unveiled the city’s summer recreation and job opportunities for New Orleans youth to be offered by JOB1 and the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission.
“Providing worthwhile summer opportunities for all of the children of New Orleans is a top priority for our administration,” said Mayor Landrieu. “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 our summer programming continues to grow and to have a positive effect on our youth and our city as a whole. We must ensure that our youth will have world-class recreation, work, and educational opportunities that are worthy of their great promise —now and for all future generations.”
In 2011, Mayor Landrieu doubled the NORDC budget. This year NORDC will offer 34 kiddie (ages four-12) camps which will serve nearly 5,000 children across the city through partnerships with schools, non-profits and faith-based organizations. This are five more camps than were in operation in 2011. There will be 7 teen camps (ages 13-17) which will serve 1,000 teens across the city. In partnership with JOB1, 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.
“The NORDC summer programs are a tremendous opportunity for New Orleans’ youth to be involved in positive and constructive endeavors,” said Vic Richard, CEO of NORDC. “We provide an amazing amount of resources that support our children and our city.”
NOLA YOUTH WORKS
NOLA Youth Works aims to provide quality summer opportunities to 2,100 teenage youth (ages 14-21) to cultivate a career-ready workforce by providing meaningful skill-building support, career exploration and access to entry level jobs in high-demand industries. Mayor Landrieu implemented an increase in funding which brought the total to $2.8 million for this year’s jobs programming.
The summer jobs program is made up of four components: The Signature, Intern NOLA, Work and Learn and Junior Camp counselor programs. Additionally, the city is launching a seminar series that will afford participants an opportunity to attend seminars that address the needs of local youth.
In December of 2010, Mayor Landrieu announced that the city entered into an agreement with the American Red Cross Southeast Louisiana Chapter to fund a year-round swimming lesson and lifeguard training program, under the direction of NORDC.
The city will operate 12 pools this summer and approximately 7,700 youth will be served by swimming lessons and programming, this marks an increase from last year’s programs which served 6,700 youth.
“Through our partnership with NORDC and other community partners thousands of young people in New Orleans have the opportunity to learn valuable swimming skills that will help them enjoy a lifetime of water activities,” said Kay W. Wilkins, CEO of the American Red Cross Southeast Louisiana Chapter. “More importantly, these skills can help prevent drowning by teaching kids how to be safe in and around the water.”
The city hosted a Summer Expo in March that offered parents an opportunity to sign their children up for city- and partner-sponsored camps, programming, and summer jobs. Programming details and site locations are attached. Sign-up for teen camps ended April 14. Registration for Kiddie camps is still underway.
“Commitment to our youth is a priority of this administration. The NORDC and JOB1 Summer Programming not only benefits and enriches the lives of our youth, but it enriches our city as a whole,” said Mayor Landrieu. “We continue to show that collaboration and partnership provide us with the tools we need to create a better New Orleans for all of us.”
This article originally published in the April 23, 2012 print edition of The Louisiana Weekly newspaper.