Hornets News Release


Week-long sessions will focus on life skills for 12-16 year olds, feature appearances
by New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Hornets Head Coach Monty Williams

July 20, 2012

The New Orleans Hornets are partnering with Royal Engineers and Consultants to host the third-annual Hornets Youth Leadership Academy for 12-16 year olds from the Recovery School District during a week-long program from Monday, July 23 through Friday, July 27 at Tulane University’s James W. Wilson Jr. Center. The purpose of the academy is to provide students with life skills to become successful leaders and allow them to voice their opinions and concerns on topics that affect their everyday lives.

The week will be highlighted by appearances by New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Hornets Head Coach Monty Williams. Mayor Landrieu will address the students on to kick off the week Monday, July 23 at 8:45 a.m. Williams will spend time with the students on Thursday, July 26 at 9:00 a.m., which will also include a “Brother-to-Brother Panel” with the young men to discuss one-on-one the issues that the youth are facing.

“We are proud to partner with Royal and Tulane University to give these students a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” said Rita Benson-LeBlanc. “We hope the students will take the valuable information they acquire during the week and feel motivated to use the tools they’ve learned to be the best leader they can be.”

Throughout the week, students will be involved in group discussions, listen to speeches from influential business and community leaders and participate in small break-out groups to tackle specific issues such as social networking, bullying, peer pressure, violence, etiquette and health and fitness. The students will also take part in an entrepreneurship exercise that will include an original invention and their plan on how to market their product. The sessions will also include a tour of the Tulane campus and an overview of the college admission process.

The students will also have the opportunity to attend a luncheon at Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse where they will be seated with local professionals in a variety of industries and have the chance to put the skills learned during the academy to use in a real-life situation.

“We are committed to not only just teaching to the youth of our community, but also making a long term commitment to them, which is why we are excited to partner with the Hornets to be a part of this program,” said President of Royal Engineers and Consultants Dwayne Bernal. “These students are our future engineers, lawyers, doctors and teachers, and it has been a long term passion to give them the tools to deal with the tough issues they face in today’s society while grooming them to reach their full potential as young adults.”

Media interested in covering the Youth Leadership Academy presented by Royal Engineers and Consultants can contact Lindsey Mitchell at 504.390.5116 or lindseym@hornets.com.