This month for our “Be the Change Spotlight” I’d like to introduce you to High Voltage Youth Camp, an organization committed to providing educational and recreational programs for youth and senior citizens of New Orleans.
How High Voltage Youth Camp Got Started
High Voltage started as a summer camp program at the St. Jude Community Center to provide educational and recreational programs to youth in New Orleans. Initially, the New Orleans Video Access Center served as their fiscal agent until they were incorporated in 2003. Their first grant to get started was provided by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation. High Voltage became a member of the Tipitina’s Music Co-op Office in late 2004/early 2005 with business assistance provided by Mark Fowler. After Hurricane Katrina, they closed operations in New Orleans but continued their Federal requirements.
What Does High Voltage Youth Camp Do
High Voltage provides educational and recreational programs for economically disadvantaged youth and senior citizens. They are dedicated to helping youth realize their potential, build character, and function effectively as contributing members of society. High Voltage also works to build community collaborations, and partnerships with organizations that serve youth. In the fall of 2003, High Voltage began to collaborate with other non-profit organizations serving youth including Positive Impact, Joseph A Cuillier, Sr. Career Center and New Orleans Video Access Center in order to order to serve more young people in the New Orleans Community. Students enrolled in their programs are eligible for high school (community service) and college credits. Each year they offer programs that help build self-esteem, critical thinking skills, social responsibility, healthy lifestyles, as well as provide therapeutic recreation.
High Voltage has had a very productive year thanks to their volunteers, the community and their business partners. This year alone, High Voltage was able to provide PPE and toiletries to over 300 Hurricane Laura, Delta, and ETA victims. They partnered with Second Harvesters to provide over 1,000 meals to senior citizens. They provided Christmas gifts to Boys Town of Louisiana, Covenant House, Ozanam Inn., and Raintree Children & Family Services. They partnered with Children’s Hospital for an online parenting class and hosted a virtual Easter Egg Hunt. That is just some of what they were able to do in 2020.
How Can You Support High Voltage Youth Camp
In order to continue their mission of providing educational and recreational programs for New Orleans youth and senior citizens, High Voltage relies on funding. This year, they hope to participate in many projects include the painting of a light box in New Orleans, street banners and a Mad Science workshop (just to name a few).
You can Support High Voltage by donating HERE or by mailing a check or money order to High Voltage P.O. BOX 4224, New Orleans, LA 70178.
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