Meet Djuana Bolds Johnson
posted Feb 16, 2017
Djuana B. Johnson is the Youth Programs Manager in NORC’s Special Programs Department. Djuana has been working with NORDC for over 17 years and has been instrumental in developing and implementing programs that foster innovation and creativity for thousands of New Orleans youth.
A native New Orleanian, Djuana was born and raised in Algiers. She is a 1986 graduate of Xavier Preparatory High School (School of Excellence). She is also a graduate of the University of Southwestern Louisiana, currently known as University of Louisiana at Lafayette (ULL), where she studied Criminal Justice and Sociology.
Djuana has an extensive background in social work, community welfare, and loves making a difference in the community. She spent years before and while working at NORDC as a Social Worker for the State of Louisiana. Over the years, Djuana has watched NORDC’s Special Programs Department grow in size and programmatic offerings. She has vast experience working with youth, and thoroughly enjoys mentoring young people. Djuana coached girls’ sports at NORDC Cut-Off playground for 16 years and helped to build the largest girls program in NORDC’s history. In 2016, she and her colleagues implemented NORDC’s first, inclusive Family Game Night. An event Djuana feels is essential in providing families with a safe space to gather and have great fun.
Djuana was honored by New Orleans current Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu on two separate occasions. She received a Certificate of Proclamation and a KEY to the city, in recognition and in honor of a true act of heroism in saving the life a child, when she helped to rescue an infant that was locked in a hot car one blistering summer day. Three years later, she received a Certificate of Recognition and was honored as City of New Orleans Employee of the Quarter, in honor of her contributions to citywide and department goals and commitment to city values. This is an honor bestowed upon city employees, and she was one of the first from NORDC to receive such distinction. She is the first African-American Woman to officiate/referee all sports, in a single year, in Jefferson Parish recreation in modern day history.
She enjoys traveling, fishing, officiating sports, volunteering, and being outdoors.
Djuana is a proud public servant, committed to the citizens of the City of Orleans and the State of Louisiana. Her goal is to touch and transform lives, impart wisdom, and leave an everlasting mark on the future of New Orleans.
Her motto is “you can’t live a perfect day until you have done something for someone who will never be able to repay you.” Djuana’s next event is the 2017 Summer Camp Expo. Visit Djuana at this year’s Expo or sign up to receive more information on Youth Programs events