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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Partnership for Youth Development E-Newsletter April 2013

Partnership for Youth Development

E-Newsletter | April 2013
We are in the swing of Festival season this month! Jazz Fest is soon, French Quarter Fest is sooner, and the weather has put a little extra spring in our steps. It's not just festival season, though. It's a month chock full of exciting events and meaningful changes. PYD will be sending CP3 Afterschool Zone manager Sean Tate and ExpandED Schools manager Bob Payne to Indianapolis for the annual National Afterschool Association conference. They will be representing New Orleans among thousands of youth development professionals from across the nation. Bob and Sean will also be leading a session on expanded learning models - if you'll be attending the conference, be sure to check it out. I will be traveling mid-month to Washington, D.C. with our national partners from CBASS to meet with members of Congress in order to discuss education and OST policy. I am honored to have this opportunity to advocate on behalf of all Louisiana's young people!
And finally, we have news that is sad for PYD, but fantastic in every other way: Askala Harris, our Development Manager, will be leaving us this month. She will be moving to New York City to work with Laureus, a foundation that aims to help young people overcome the limitations imposed by challenging social issues by supporting a worldwide program of sports-related community projects. We are heartbroken to lose Askala, but we could not be more proud of her accomplishments in New Orleans, and we could not be more excited about this next step for her. As with every spring, new opportunities push through the winter haze and new adventures await. Happy April, everyone!
CPR Training
PYD is excited to announce the addition of Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED to our training options. Kathleen Whalen is now a certified trainer through the National Safety Council and we are able to offer the 8 hour training to your staff for $50 per person.
Each participant will receive all training materials and a DVD for easy reference in addition to a card and certificate indicating they have successfully completed the course. This course meets the requirements of the State of Louisiana for Childcare Workers and has the additional benefit of being taught by someone with extensive knowledge of children and programs serving children. If your organization is interested in finding out more about this training and scheduling the training for your staff, please contact Kathleen at
AHG Youth Advisory Board
The search has started for the next amazing group of young people to inspire healthy living! Applications are now being accepted for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Youth Advisory Board (for 2013-2014). We are looking for committed, enthusiastic young people to serve as role models in their communities and empower their friends, families, schools, and communities to get healthy. Board members serve as ambassadors for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, share feedback on Alliance programs and activities, and lead service-learning programs related to preventing childhood obesity. Applicants must be between the ages of 8 and 17 years old when membership begins July 2013 and live in the United States. Interested youth can visit for more information.
Mapping Summer Camps 2013
Summer Programs and Camps: PYD's mapping team is currently updating its list of summer programs for 2013 on Please visit the website and click on the Summer Programs tab above the map or type your program into the search box. If your program needs to be updated or added to please email Eric Jensen at
SOS Summer 2013
This summer, Share Our Strength is working to connect kids to free summer meals by linking summer camps to Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) Sponsors. These sponsors prepare meals for summer camps. Any child under the age of 18 can participate. Meals can be provided in various ways and all meals are FREE to summer camps and summer camp participants. Summer Camps coordinate directly with sponsors who will provide meals. The deadline to select and coordinate with a sponsor is Friday, April 12, 2013.
The New Orleans No Kid Hungry Campaign is also working to assist summer camps to increase their enrollment. Beginning today, there will be advertising in a number of locations to direct families to the Save Our Strength website to get more information on summer camp options. If you would like more information on the No Kid Hungry New Orleans Campaign or the Free Summer Meals Program, please contact Katie Williams, No Kid Hungry Coordinator (
CP3AZ Updates
On March 27th students and staff were able to enjoy an exciting visit to the New Orleans Arena to see NBA All-Star Chris Paul return to New Orleans as a member of the Los Angeles Clippers! The students had an amazing night and are already trying to convince their teachers to take them on another NBA adventure. Many thanks to the Paul family for making this trip (and all of the exciting elements of our programming) possible!
Also in March, Afterschool Zone students took part in several community projects including Creative Writing's violence prevention poetry for the Central City neighborhood, the Know What It Means and Visual Arts 4 classes creating artistic house panels to be showcased throughout the New Orleans area, our Video students capturing the majesty of Mardi Gras Indians parading on St. Joseph's Day, and our Visual Arts students submitted artwork for the Youth/Student Art Market to be held April 13th at the Oretha Castle Haley Market.
This month we are pleased to share a research selection that highlights the work of PYD's Kathleen Whalen and her leadership in the presentation and development of the Journey of Hope curriculum. With the support of the Van Leer Foundation, University of Colorado's Children, Youth and Environments has published a special issue on community and physical environments as contexts of violence and healing for children. It includes excellent papers from Northern Ireland, the United States, Colombia, Brazil, Portugal, South Africa, Kenya and the Democratic Republic of Congo. As Guest Editor Kevin Lalor notes in the Foreword, the papers present innovative approaches to research and interventions with children and youth, including focus groups, mapping, drawing, oral history, Photovoice and asset-based community development. The full publication is available here.
Son of a Saint Amazing Race presented by Pinkberry Louisiana will be held on April 20, 2013. Event details and registration information available here.
Lemonade Day Louisiana is Saturday, May 4, 2013! Event and registration information can be found at
NCAA Women’s Final Four is coming to New Orleans in April, 2013. Most events are open to everyone and are free to the public.  Events will include Salute on Parade, the Big Easy Bounce, the POWERADE Youth Clinics, and many more great activities. Find out more and register here.
New Orleans Fatherhood Consortium is proud to announce the 2013 Class of New Orleans Favorite Fathers. Nominations for the 2013 class are due May 24, 2013. For questions or further information please contact Greg Rattler at 504.864.7042, 504.864.7077, or
VERA Institute of Justice is hiring positions in the New Orleans office. Complete position and application information is available on the VERA website.
Crescent City Schools has several positions open for qualified candidates. Complete position and application information is available on the Crescent City Schools website.
Juvenile Regional Services seeks a skilled and committed investigator to find and develop the material that assists in defending clients against delinquency charges. For more information, please contact Meghan Garvey, JRS Managing Director, at
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Partnership for Youth Development
1618 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70130


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