NEW ORLEANS, LA – On Saturday, April 12, 2014, The New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC) Teen Council will host the Teen Fun Challenge on Global Youth Service Day (GYSD). The Challenge is an afternoon of fun fitness games, stress reduction techniques, learning and nutrition education for teens at Joe W. Brown Memorial Park Track in New Orleans East, 5601 Read Blvd., from noon to 2 p.m. Activities are free and open to the public.
GYSD is a celebration of young people across the world who are dedicated to improving their communities each day of the year through service to others.
Members of the Teen Council will lead several fitness and stress reduction activities including hula hooping, Zumba, track walk/run, basketball, soccer, yoga and meditation. There will also be free lunch for the first 200 youth under 18 years of age with music provided by DJ Wild Wayne.
The NORDC Teen Council empowers young people, ages 12-17, by developing a social growth environment through structured programs. These emerging leaders actively participate in civic and community engagement by designing and implementing city-wide teen programming.
The NORDC Teen Council is supported by Chevron.
“Since forming in 2012, Teen Council members have produced educational, recreational, mentoring and volunteer activities that have positively impacted thousands of young people in our city,” said Victor N. Richard, III, NORDC CEO.”
“Chevron is committed to supporting these impressive future leaders,” said Michael Illanne, Vice President, Chevron, Gulf of Mexico Upstream Business Unit. “Great leaders understand the value of public service, so we’re especially proud that the Teen Council in service New Orleans on Global Youth Service Day.”
Global Youth Service Day recognizes the positive impact that young people have on their communities 365 days a year. GYSD is celebrated in more than 135 countries with youth-led service projects.
“Congratulations and thanks to the young people of the NORDC Teen Council for their work to improve their community,” said Steven A. Culbertson, president of YSA (Youth Service America), the founder and chief convener of GYSD. “On Global Youth Service Day, the world stands in awe as we see what’s possible when kids take the lead as change-makers.”