New Orleans area briefs for April 20, 2013

City to offer camps, career exploration

The New Orleans Recreation Development Commission this summer will offer 34 summer camps for children ages 4 to 12, while seven camps will be offered for teens between the ages and 13 and 17.

In partnership with JOB1, the city’s office of workforce development, teen camps will offer teenagers career exploration seminars to allow them to explore a variety of jobs. Those teens will earn a stipend of $75 a week.

“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, the recreation development commission’s CEO. “We have great partnerships, vital new programming and important public investment in place to make a real impact in every neighborhood in our city.”

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 nonprofit 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.

Landrieu has called 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 nolayouth@nola.gov or by calling the city’s Office of Workforce Development at (504) 658-4518.

More information about the city’s summer recreation and jobs program can be found at http://www.nola.gov/summer.

Fundraiser set for Tulane employee

A fundraiser will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Rock-N-Bowl for Dave Lowry, Tulane University’s head equipment manager, who lost his home in Hurricane Isaac and is battling cancer.

The Lowry family is building a new home in LaPlace, and organizers of the event hope to help pay off the cost of the home by the time it is finished in June.

Tickets, which admit two adults, are $150 and are available at Community Bank in LaPlace, St. Charles Catholic High School, Ascension of Our Lord School, Allyson Supply in Harahan and Liberto Cleaners in New Orleans. Children under 12 are admitted free.

Donations to the Lowry Family Fund can be made at Community Bank, 590 Belle Terre Blvd., LaPlace, LA, 70068. Checks should be made payable to “The Lowry Family Fund.”