7th, 8th and 9th graders will learn life skills during week-long session

July 1, 2010

The New Orleans Hornets are partnering with Royal Engineers and Consultants to host the inaugural Hornets Youth Leadership Academy for 7th, 8th and 9th graders from the Recovery School District for a week-long program from Monday, July 5 through Friday, July 9 on the 2nd floor on the campus of Xaviers University Center. The purpose of the academy is to provide students with life skills and allow them to voice their opinions and concerns on topics that affect their everyday lives.

This program allows us to encourage these students to make positive decisions by giving them the tools necessary to achieve success in and out of the classroom, said Hornets Sr. Vice President of Community Enrichment Steve Martin. We appreciate Royal Engineers and Consultants for sharing our commitment to the youth of our community and dedicating the resources to provide such a great opportunity for them.

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, violence, etiquette and health and fitness.

We are committed to not only just teaching 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 todays society while grooming them to reach their full potential as young adults.

For more information on covering the Hornets Youth Leadership Academy presented by Royal Engineers and Consultants, please contact Brittany Cranston at 504-234-9077.

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