Fun with NORDC: Family Fun Walk to celebrate Park and Rec Month _lowres

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Victor Richard

The New Orleans Recreational District Commission offers programs specifically for New Orleans teens looking to make a difference while making friends. The NORDC Teen Council empowers young people, ages 12 to 17, by developing a social growth environment through structured programs.

NORDC Teen Council members actively participate in civic and community engagement by designing and implementing citywide teen programming that includes recreational events, social action projects and community service.

The next meeting will be from noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 12 at Gernon Brown Rec Center, 1001 Harrison Ave. Teens can meet current Teen Council members and learn more about the program.

The Teen Council’s next event will be a Back-to-School Pool Party at Sanchez Multi-Purpose Center, 1616 Caffin Ave., from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 19. The event is free for all New Orleans teens ages 12 to 17. Teen Council membership is not required to attend.

The Chevron Future Leaders program also offers an array of learning activities, events and trips for select Teen Council members. The program is designed to support skills development and enable early career exploration.

In order to remain in the Chevron Future Leaders program and receive rewards, students must continue to meet GPA, school attendance and leadership behavior requirements throughout the school year. The 2015-16 school year application period is open through Sept. 25. For information, contact Shanay Haywood at (504) 658-3016 or

REGISTER FOR FALL ART CLASSES: Register now for classes Sept. 8 through Dec. 11 at the recreation center where the class is held.

In ceramics, students learn the basics by creating hand-built and wheel-thrown clay projects. Classes are at Gernon Brown Rec Center, 1001 Harrison Ave. (Thursdays, 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.); and Behrman Rec Center, 2529 General Meyer Ave. (Wednesdays, 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.).

In Painting & Design, students sketch, draw and paint using various media. Classes are at Treme Rec Center (Fridays, 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.); Sanchez Multi-Purpose Center (Mondays, 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.); and Stallings St. Claude Rec Center, 4300 St. Claude Ave. (Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.)

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