Teen Programs

Teen Programs

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NORD Teens

“For Te​ens. By Teens.”

NORD Teens are doing BIG things, and we want you. If you are 12 to 17 years old and live in Orleans Parish, this is the place to be! NORD Teens provides diverse academic, professional and enrichment-based programming throughout the year. While our CFL program is shaping future leaders and our JA Company Program is training future entrepreneurs, we’re having fun along the way with free recreational events including dances, pool parties, our City-wide Talent Show, the 3rd Annual Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball, our signature Intro to Golf Program and Global Youth Service Day.

Meetings are generally held on the second Saturday of every month at Gernon Brown Rec Center. All teen programming is free and open to Orleans Parish teens, ages 12-17.

For more information about NORD Teens, please connect with us or contact us at nordcteens@nola.gov or 504-658-3003.

Teen Council

The NORD Teen Council is a year-long enrichment-based curriculum aimed towards empowering teens through event planning, character development and monthly recreation opportunities. Additionally, these promising youth earn service hours through teen-oriented social action and community service projects. Meetings are held every 2nd Saturday of the month.

Chevron Future Leaders

The Chevron Future Leaders Program is an innovative leadership development program offered by NORD and supported by Chevron.  Designed to prepare future leaders for post-high school success in both college and the workplace, this program focuses on skills development and early career exploration for young adults from schools across the city. The ambitious curriculum exposes future leaders to qualities of successful business and community leaders and addresses topics such as public speaking, fine dining etiquette, entrepreneurship, environmental awareness and career pathways.

CFL applicant requirements:

  • A report card
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A 250 word essay on “Leadership”
  • At least a 2.5 GPA or greater

To apply, submit corresponding documents via email to nordcteens@nola.gov or in person at the NORD main office. Space is limited. 

Teen Centers

Teen Centers are a fun and safe place where teens from local communities can socialize and have positive interactions with peers.

Teen center locations:

Hours of operation are Monday - Friday, 4-8 pm.

Teen Programs at NORD

1881 Vex Robotics

1881 Vex Robotics is the flagship apprenticeship program of the 1881 Research Institute, leading students to lucrative fields in engineering and science. Boys and girls, ages 12-17. Free.

Glam U

Girls mentoring program focusing on confidence building. Runaway classes, fashion, makeup lessons, photo shoots, and more. Girls, ages 13-18. $10/week or $30/month fee required. Tuition assistance is available based on income guidelines.

Bike Easy

Multi-modal safety training is a teen bicycle safety education course focused on multimodal road safety and gives teens the resources and information they need to travel
safely and confidently by bike. Ages 16–19.


An exciting opportunity for New Orleans youth to work in a newsroom environment and publish their original work on a weekly basis. Under the editorial guidance of
professional local and national members of the media. Ages 13–17.

Project PRIDE

Through Project Pride, the African American Cultural Center raises the aspirations and achievements of young men through holistic, community-based and transformative
educational experiences. Boys, ages 12–17.

Reaching for the Stars

Reaching for the Stars supports young men to be their best and reach their full potential through mentoring, basketball skills/drills, and life skills development. Ages 13–15.

The STAND Out Project

The STAND Out Project workshop series for teens is a time to learn about the art of networking and resume writing as well as internship, volunteer, and career
opportunities. Ages 12–17.

Teen Video Production

Mary Parker Outreach exposes teens to the industry of film production as well as provide opportunities to produce TV and social media content. Ages 12–17.

Teen Council Special Events

Teen Council events are designed for teens and by teens. Events offer all teens a great way to have fun in a good manner. Events are free and open to New Orleans residents ages 12-17 unless otherwise noted. Refer to our calendar to keep up with upcoming events.

Teen Nights

Every month teens gather for a fun night of music provided by a local DJ, dancing, and open mic performances. Concessions are sold. Security is onsite to ensure safety. 

Annual Masqerade Ball 

All Orleans Parish teens, ages 12-17, are invited to celebrate a happy and safe Mardi Gras with members of the NORD Teen Council. Event features music led by a local DJ, a photo booth, food, a special musical guest and election of a Teen Council Mardi Gras Court. Formal attire is required.

Family Bike Ride

Teens are invited to bring out their friends and family for a day of outdoor exercise, biking, and fun. Event generally includes discounted bike rentals, group stretching exercise and overview of safety rules, and a bike ride through the neighborhood. 

Annual Give and Live Bike Ride

Celebrate Global Youth Service Day with a fun and smooth bike ride, health fair, and entertainment. This City-wide event is open to all ages.

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