At his final Teen Council report at a New Orleans Recreation Development Commission public meeting, David Bartholomew said, “I was honored to be on the Teen Council and hope other teens continue its mission as we move on with our lives.

“It taught me that life is much bigger than me.”

Launched in 2012, the NORDC Teen Council empowers young people, ages 12 to 17, by developing a social growth environment through structured NORDC teen programs. These emerging leaders actively participate in civic and community engagement by designing and implementing citywide teen programming.

That same year, Chevron partnered with NORDC to create the Chevron Future Leaders program to provide life and work skills training and career exploration to select Teen Council members who meet grade-point average, school attendance and leadership behavior requirements throughout the school year.

These impactful programs provide a platform for teens across the city to connect and make a difference.

Any New Orleans resident age 12 to 17 may apply to become a NORDC Teen Council member. For application details, visit nola.gov/nordc or call (504) 658-3052.

Upcoming Teen Council events and meetings:

Neon Dance: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. June 5 at Joe W. Brown Rec Center, 5601 Read Blvd. Open to all New Orleans residents ages 12 to 17, $5 (free for NORDC Teen Camp participants who meet attendance requirements). Featuring a dance contest with cash prizes, a photo booth and entertainment by DJ Chicken, Roca B (Q93).

NOLA Teen Sing and Dance Competition: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. July 1, Lyons Rec Center, 624 Louisiana Ave. Open to all New Orleans residents ages 12 to 17, $5 (free for NORDC Teen Camp participants who meet attendance requirements). Featuring cash prizes, a photo booth and entertainment by Kourtney Heart, Rebirth Brass Band and Juggie, host of Q93’s Social Shakedown.

Teen Council Meet and Greet: Noon to 3 p.m. July 11, Lyons Rec Center, 624 Louisiana Ave. Members and nonmember New Orleans residents ages 12 to 17 and parents/guardians welcome. Food, games, and raffles.

Back-to-School Kickoff: Save the date: Aug. 29. Open to all New Orleans residents ages 12 to 17.

Teen Council Meetings: Noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 12, Oct. 3, Nov. 7 and Dec. 5 at Lyons Rec Center, 624 Louisiana Ave. Nonmembers are welcome to come and learn more about the Teen Council.

Other events:

  • SENIOR SOCIAL POTLUCK: 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Gernon Brown Rec Center, 1001 Harrison Ave. The potluck social features performances from NORDC/NOBA Center for Dance Senior Dance Fitness Program (Greater New Orleans Senior Olympics champions for the past three years), NORDC Senior Choir and NORDC Senior Piano Students. Learn about NORDC’s senior programs and meet current participants.
  • SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION: Camps offer recreational, cultural and academic programming along with free breakfast, lunch, swimming lessons and field trips. For details, visit nola.gov/nordc.
  • MOVIES IN THE PARK: The movies start at sunset, 7:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., but people can go early for field games at 6 p.m. and fitness activities with Fit NOLA Parks instructors at 6:30 p.m. Friday: “The Boxtrolls” at Taylor Playground, 2600 S. Roman St.

Victor N. Richard III is the chief executive officer of the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission. For more information, visit nola.gov/nordc.