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New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation 2012 Community Partnership

October 19th, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA (October 19, 2012)-Today, Community Works of Louisiana received a Community Partnership Grant from the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation to support our Mardi Gras Indian Puppet Project. These funds will go to bringing the Puppet Project to 160 students in CWLA Programs beginning January 2013 and culminating near Super Sunday.

The students will participate in a number of workshops to create their Mardi Gras Indian Puppets along with presentations from local Mardi Gras Indian groups. The project will culminate in a student walking parade where students will be able to display their puppets engaging parents, teachers, and the community to view the works completed and promote support for future programming.

Community Works of Louisiana would like to thank the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation for the 2012 Community Partnership Grant.

Community Works Receives Action for the Arts Award

October 9th, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA –Community Works of Louisiana (CWLA) received an Action for the Arts Grant from the International House of Blues Foundation (IHOBF) – New Orleans. This award will be used to support CWLA’s afterschool Hip Hop and Music Production Program.

“We are extremely excited about this new support for our students and this program,” said Executive Director Chandler Nutik, “Thank you to the International House of Blues Foundation-New Orleans. The students in our afterschool programs will benefit not only musically but also academically from this Action for the Arts award.”

CWLA is one of seven, fall 2012, local organizations who received funding from IHOBF-New Orleans. CWLA’s Hip Hop and Music Production Program works to develop students music skills through introducing them to such music basics as: rhythm, piano, drums, song structure, and music production.

 To learn more about the International House of Blues Foundation and Action for the Arts visit http://actionforthearts.org/grants

 Community Works of Louisiana, Inc. (CWLA) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that seeks to support, promote and advance education for the benefit of youth in Louisiana.  Since February 2009, CWLA has offered comprehensive program management and instructor placement for enrichment-integrated extended learning programs throughout the Greater New Orleans Area.

 The International House of Blues Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing the arts to schools and communities through programs that promote cultural understanding and encourage creative expression.

2012 -2013 21st CCLC AfterSchool Program at ISL

July 25th, 2012

Registration is now open for the Community Works / 21st CCLC AfterSchool Program at the International School of Louisiana. Please print and complete the registration forms below. Registration is not complete until CWLA has received your completed registration form, agreement form, and payment. Please follow all directions.

Click on image to print documents

Forms along with program fees can be returned to Chandler Nutik by mail/hand delivery at:

Community Works of Louisiana

615 Baronne St. Ste. 201

New Orleans, LA 70113

or faxed to 504.523.6476

Parading Through Summer

July 10th, 2012

Students at the CWLA Summer Program at the International School of Louisiana had a blast parading through the halls during this year’s camp. “The parade was a great way to end camp,” said Site Director, Todd Shaffer. Under the direction of Mr. Lillion, students in the  puppetry class were able to create stick and sock puppets to show-off during the parade. Additional students, under the direction of Mr. Jordan, accompanied the parade with drumming.

“Our theme this year was Camp Be Kind and every student strived to follow this theme throughout the summer,” said Shaffer, “All of our staff are very proud of the work each student put into the camp and are looking forward to beginning afterschool programming in the fall!”

   Click below to see the Camp Be Kind Parade!

Diva Deer at CWLA NORDC Cut-Off Summer Program

June 27th, 2012

The Diva Deer won a special treat today for their awesome sisterhood spirit during the CWLA NORDC Cut-Off Summer Program. These young ladies have been working with their lead counselor, Ms. Kesha, to create a fun dance for the talent show that takes place every Friday during Closing Ceremony.  Ms. Kesha works with all groups teaching theatre during the program. The CWLA NORDC Cut-Off Summer Program is now in its fourth week and staff and students are busy creating, dancing, drawing, playing sports, playing music, acting, and writing.

Check out their group cheer here!

Service-Learning with Community Works

May 24th, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA- On Tuesday, May 15, 2012, students from Community Works of Louisiana’s 21st Century Community Learning Center AfterSchool program presented an art display made from recycled Mardi Gras beads along with a plethora of beads, collected since the Mardi Gras season, to Arc of Greater New Orleans.

The beads were collected for Community Works’ Recycle Krewe Project which was made possible through a State Farm Good Neighbor Service-Learning Grant. Community Works’ afterschool programs located at the International School of Louisiana, ARISE Academy, and Habans Elementary participated in the Recycle Krewe Project.

“Recycle Krewe allowed our youth to learn about reusing and recycling in a creative way,” said Todd Shaffer, Site- Coordinator at the International School of Louisiana. “Presenting this display to Arc and having the students see the impact of their work is crucial to Community Works’ programming and service-learning initiatives.”

Community Works strives to bring extended learning opportunities to youth throughout the New Orleans area. Specializing in offering afterschool and summer programs, Community Works, focuses on offering its youth access to multiple creative disciplines while still focusing on English/Language Arts and Math skills.

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Arc of Greater New Orleans is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization serving people with intellectual disabilities and delays from birth through adulthood in Orleans, Jefferson and St. Bernard parishes.  Arc is committed to securing for all people with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to develop, function and live to their fullest potential. http://www.arcgno.org/

 

 

Registration is Now Open for the 21st CCLC Summer Program at ISL

May 8th, 2012

Registration is now open for the Community Works / 21st CCLC A.C.E. Summer Program at the International School of Louisiana. Please print and complete the registration forms below. Registration is not complete until CWLA has received your completed registration form, agreement form, and payment in full. Please follow all directions. Forms along with program fees can be returned to Todd Shaffer during the AfterSchool Program, mailed to Community Works at 615 Baronne St. Ste. 201 New Orleans, LA 70113, or faxed to 504.523.6476.

Note: Registration is limited and students are accepted on a first come first serve basis.

This summer students will have the opportunity to experience curriculum integrated enrichment classes like visual arts, chess, yoga, music, theater, sports, film and much more! A very important focus will also be placed on keeping up with your student’s Math and ELA skills. The students will take cultural field trips, enjoy educational performances, and participate in the culminating student exhibition and performance at the end of the summer. You will also have the opportunity to participate in family activities and events! The camp will serve students currently in grades K-8th with an opportunity for the 7th and 8th graders to participate as Counselors in Training (CIT).

 

 

NOLA Fashion Week Kids Event

March 13th, 2012

On Monday, March 5th Community Works of Louisiana hosted a Kids Fashion Day at the Ogden Museum through a partnership with NOLA Fashion Week. Youth from throughout New Orleans and students in the CWLA / 21st CCLC AfterSchool Program at the International School of Louisiana participated in fun fashion activities.  Youth learned about different materials and created bandanas, necklaces, bowties, and bows. The youth were also able to use the materials they learned about to create their own clothing designs based off of William Wegman photography.

Community Works would like to thank the Ogden Museum for hosting the event and NOLA Fashion Week for helping to bring fashion and art to youth throughout the city and within CWLA AfterSchool Programs.

 

CWLA and Kids Cafe!

January 17th, 2012

Two Community Works’ afterschool programs will now be serving dinner through a partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana. The Kids Café program will serve healthy dinners throughout the duration of the afterschool programs at ARISE Academy and the International School of Louisiana. Kids Café is a free program that provides students with a well balanced dinner featuring such meals as beef and bean burrito with broccoli and Mexican rice and creamed chicken, steamed brown rice, and glazed sweet potatoes. All students are also given a roll, a piece of fruit and milk to keep the meals well balanced. Community Works would like to thank Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana for thier support of our amazing afterschool programs.

CP3 Afterschool Zone All-Star Performance!

December 15th, 2011

CWLA Enrichment Instructors Giselle Nahkid, Clark Richardson, and Zynani Nahkid lead students in an All-Star Performance at the CP3 Afterschool Zone, yesterday, December 14th. Students performed African Dance and Drumming routines along with a presentation of artwork created during the program.

CWLA has 6 enrichment instructors in Partnership for Youth Development (PYD) programs. Currently, 3 at the CP3 Afterschool Zone and 3 at the newly opened Iberville Afterschool Zone providing instruction in Graphic Design, Computer Animation, and Music Recording.

CWLA is proud to partner with PYD in creating positive afterschool programs that change the lives of local students.

Check out Videos of the students’ All-Star Performance!