NEW ORLEANS — Mayor LaToya Cantrell held a press conference today at the Morris FX Jeff, Sr. Recreation Center in the West Bank to announce the city’s summer lineup for young people. Mayor Cantrell was joined by New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORD) General Manager Larry Barabino, Jr., Executive Director of the New Orleans Public Library (NOPL) and City Librarian Emily Painton, Director of the Mayor’s Office for Workforce Development Sunae Villavaso and Director of the Mayor’s Office of Youth and Families Emily Wolff to provide information on upcoming summer programming.
“Our summer programming will be available to all young people in the city of New Orleans and their families,” said Mayor Cantrell. “We are making a comeback related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the City continues to move in the right direction. I am thrilled that our programming is in person and in a safe and fun environment. We hope to serve more than 5,000 children and teens and are united in our approach to bringing these programs back in partnership with several City agencies and other community organizations that are integrated into NORD.
Youth summer camps are offered by NORD and community partners for children ages 4-12. A total of 26 youth camps and six summer camps for teenagers are offered. Parents can visit the NORDC website for the most up-to-date camp information or call the main office at 504-658-3052.
“Serving and supporting our city’s youth and teens are year-round priorities for NORD,” said Barabino, Jr.. “Summer is an exciting but important time for our youth and the community. I am happy to fully resume play and recreation activities, camps and services this summer. In addition to the camps, we are looking forward to opening our outdoor pools located in communities across the city. NORD is urgently looking to hire 100 summer lifeguards for the season, and we encourage residents aged 16 and over who can swim to contact our office immediately to apply. Summer at NORD would not be possible without the support of our municipal leaders, the NORD Commission and our community partners who work diligently year-round to ensure residents have access to summer programs and services. safe and rewarding. We look forward to a successful summer and invite residents to view and register for the many in-person offerings available at www.nordc.org.
The New Orleans Public Library will offer summer programs aimed at increasing literacy for children and adults, encouraging New Orleans residents to read more during the summer.
“The New Orleans Public Library is gearing up for summer fun. This year, we’re excited to be back in person while continuing to offer virtual options. From Audubon tours to print 3D, from Ogden Museum puppet shows to music workshops and more, we have something for everyone at the library,” said Paint on. “In addition to the events, we host our annual Reading Challenge, which libraries across the country host to prevent the ‘summer slide’ where students lose the educational gains made during the school year. The best part? N any book, e-book, audiobook, or e-audiobook counts! Visit any library location starting June 1 for information and to register.
The City’s JOB1 program will offer teenagers the chance to work in the fields of their choice. By partnering with private businesses and non-profit organizations, JOB1 is able to provide quality summer experiences in safe, structured, and properly supervised environments to more than 640 New Orleans teens.
“The goal of the Mayor’s Youth Summer Jobs program is to provide a glimpse into what it’s like to work behind the scenes on their chosen career path,” said villavaso. “We hope our young people will use this program as a launch pad in pursuit of their long-term career goals.
The Office of Youth and Families will offer internships as part of its “Summer Success” program for young people involved in the system, in partnership with JOB1. The program aims to address youth poverty, unemployment and recidivism by matching youth with community-based experiences in preparation for paid work. In addition, youth benefit from case management services. Referrals are made by juvenile justice agencies, school social workers and the Juvenile Justice Response Center.
“The Mayor’s Office of Youth and Families is proud to offer the third year of the ‘Summer Success’ program. This program is essential to Mayor Cantrell’s public safety and generational economic development strategy,” said Wolff. “By tapping into our most vulnerable young people – those who have interacted with the juvenile justice system and who have become disconnected from school – we offer our young people the opportunity to explore their interests and gain experiences We can’t do this important work alone, which is why we’re thrilled to be partnered with 10 incredible community organizations running programs that will touch every council district this summer.