Cultivating Character, Community and Wellness through Structured Youth Development
March 30th, 2012
Noon to 1 p.m.
Room 1210, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, 1440 Canal St.
“Cultivating Character, Community and Wellness through Structured Youth Development” is the first seminar in the
spring 2012 Prevention Research Center series, sponsored by a Usdin Family Endowment to Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.
Seminar presenters are Alex Lebow Andre Fiegler, co-founders of KidsWalk Coalition member Youth Run New Orleans. Attendees will learn strategies to developing and sustaining youth wellness programs. Attendees will learn about developing and sustaining youth programs that promote physical fitness and other values, such as leadership and civic responsibility.
The seminar is free and open to the public. Light lunch will be provided.
For information, contact Naomi King at email@example.com or 504.988.7410.
Recreation moved indoors on a rainy spring day as the KidsWalk Coalition hosted its latest Breakfast Roundtable Series event with the New Orleans Recreation Development (NORD) Commission and Foundation. Building outstanding facilities, partnering with community groups to provide programs, and leveraging private investment were discussed at the event held Thursday, March 22 at Mike’s on the Avenue in downtown New Orleans.
Vic Richard speaks to Roundtable attendees
The roundtable discussion and question-and-answer event gave over 30 local community and children’s’ advocates and public health professionals the chance to directly from NORD Commission Executive Director Vic Richard and NORD Foundation Executive Director Annie LaRock. It was the first time the two new executives have spoken together to the public.
“With the new Commission and Foundation, the way New Orleans manages recreation is changing so quickly,” said Kate Parker-Karst, director of the KidsWalk Coalition. “It is critical that the Commission engages the community as it restores recreation facilities,” said Parker-Karst.
“Our goal is not to recreate what we had,” said Richard, as he laid out the Commission’s vision for both passive and active opportunities for recreation in New Orleans neighborhoods. Richard described among the Commission’s new initiatives is a NORD “teen council” modeled off an advisory group in Philadelphia, where he previously served as Commissioner of Recreation.
In response to questions from attendees, Richard and LaRock explained that permanent bathrooms won’t be installed at all NORD facilities but will be at so-called “active sites,” such as ballfields. When asked about the management of the Lafitte Greenway, a 3.1-mile stretch of public land set aside for recreational development, they said it remains to be determined by the City administration. Richard and LaRock also said communities would be offered opportunities to participate in NORD program and facility planning when projects are initiated.
The Breakfast Roundtable Series offers advocates and professionals the opportunity to connect with leaders making New Orleans a healthier, more active city. Previous speakers have included Dr. Karen DeSalvo and the City Planning Commission. Is there a local leader you would like to see at the next Roundtable? Let us know!