Teen Programs

Teen Programs


“For Te​ens. By Teens.”

NORDC 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! NORDC 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 NORDC Teens, please contact us at nordcteens@nola.gov or 504-658-3003.

Teen Council

The NORDC 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 from 12:00pm to 3:30pm at Gernon Brown Rec Center.

Apply for Teen Council here

Chevron Future Leaders

The Chevron Future Leaders Program is an innovative leadership development program offered by NORDC 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

Apply for Cheveron Future Leaders here  and submit corresponding documents via email to nordcteens@nola.gov or in person at the NORDC main office. Space is limited. 

JA Company Program

This exciting program will provide a relevant and authentic learning experience for young people that continues the strong entrepreneurial workforce in our community. Teens will be assembled, provided with professional entrepreneurial curriculum (supplied by Junior Achievement) and undergo the complete business process, from incorporation to liquidation, with the opportunity to earn real money!!! This program will be hosted at our five NORDC Teen Centers within the city.

Apply for JA Company Program here.  Space is limited. 

City Hall Council

In conjunction with representatives from a host of City Departments, this new program will focus on civic engagement, providing service-based activities for the youth of the City. Apply for City Hall Council here and submit corresponding documents via email to nordcteens@nola.gov or in person at the NORDC main office. Space is limited.


Intro to Golf Program

Hosted in conjunction with the Joe Bartholomew Golf Course and First Tee GNO, this ten-week program will introduce the sport and etiquette of golf. Sessions are course playing opportunities for teens that focuses on promoting fundamental golf skills, including full swing, putting and chipping. The program aims to promote life skills & leadership through the game of golf. No prior experience is required and all equipment is provided. Session will take place on Saturdays from September 10 through November 19, 10:30am-12:00pm at the Joe Bartholomew Golf Course (6514 Congress Dr., New Orleans, LA 70126).

Apply for Into to Golf here.  Space is limited. Registration ends September 24th.

Teen Centers

NORDC Teen Centers are here! Big screen TV’s, Playstation 4, computer and wifi access, air hockey, ping-pong and more! Teen centers will also host great classes and workshops.

Teen center locations:

Hours of operation are Monday - Friday, 4-8 pm.  Drop in to enjoy all that NORDC Teen Centers have to offer.

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.


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