The Nola Chic Give Nola Day Charity Choice: High Voltage

High Voltage Youth Camp was founded in 1991 by, Katherine Shawrri Johnson, Bernadotte Glover and Judy Hamilton to provide educational and recreational programs to residents of the Iberville Housing Development and Covenant House New Orleans. Ms. Johnson, Ms. Glover and Mr. Lee Baker recruited volunteer staff to provide services at the St. Jude Community Center in New Orleans for the program. In January 2003, High Voltage was incorporated, and Ms. Claudia Washington and Phillis Everage joined the Board of Directors.

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 our programs are eligible for high school (community service) and college credits. Each year we offer programs that help build self-esteem, critical thinking skills, social responsibility, healthy lifestyles, as well as provide therapeutic recreation.

”As new technology emerges and rewards those that live in the moment, it’s important that we lean on all that we’ve learned in our lives to help guide us to through the tough decisions that we will face in the future. High Voltage taught me that being confident can only get me so far. It’s just as important to develop a go-giver attitude and be respectful to all of humanity. I take those lessons with me everywhere I go.” – Lionel Acker

  • High Voltage to Participate Again in GiveNOLA Day
  • May 7, 2018
  • One Day to Give As One

    High Voltage is pleased to participate in the community-wide GiveNOLA Day on Tuesday, May 7. 

    Give NOLA Day is the community’s annual, 24-hour online charitable giving event to inspire people to give generously to nonprofit organizations that are making our region stronger, creating a vibrant community for all.  It’s our day to come together as one!  Visit www. GiveNOLA.org and search for High Voltage anytime from midnight to midnight on Tuesday, May 7.  Or go directly to our page at:  https://www.givenola.org/high-voltage

    Every gift will receive a little lagniappe thanks to the generous GiveNOLA Day sponsors and the Greater New Orleans Foundation.  (Minimum gift is $10).  If you are not available ton May 7 and want to donate, you can preschedule your donation on May st   through May 6th 

    Just go to the GiveNOLA.org website, search for High Voltage, create a login and you can schedule your gift to be recorded on May 7.  

    Here are more photos from Eric A. Waters. #easteregghunt, #easter #resurrectionsunday, Healthynola #walkwiththemayor#steps#walkn NOLA Ready! Thanks 504HealthNet, Backatown CC’s on Esplanade Charlie’s Project, DotDotSmile First Baptist Church Madison, Mississippi Tulane Goldring School of Culinary Medicine, Hesperides Grove, Immanuel Community Church, Kendra Scott, LaserTag of Metairie, Providence Community Housing, Sojourner Truth Neighborhood Center Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, Sistah’s Making A Change, Swiss Confectionery, Inc.,#XavierUniversity, The Zeta Phi Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Xavier University Chinese Mahjong Association, Unlimited Visitas, and to all of our wonderful donors and volunteers #happyeaster!

    High Voltage, Inc. 

    P O Box 4224 
    New Orleans, LA  70178 
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    Please visit our website High Voltage, Inc.

    A native of New Orleans, who left her beloved New Orleans to spend twenty years of living in the land of Minnesota Not So Nice. Minnesota was full of opportunities but would learn that the soul of the state and the people who made it was just as icy cold as the temperatures. After the years and my 40th birthday flew by, I decided it was time to pack up my youngest child and come back to my roots, my birthplace the city that not only birthed me but gave me life. I would not be who I am without my New Orleans beginnings. I am all things that would challenge the belief of growing up in New Orleans. I was a 16yr old teen mother of a premature baby born with a severe medical disability. And only With the help of my mother, was it possible for me to BE! I was able to endure and survive the obstacles laid before my child and me. In a city that was built by my family, but did not allow for us to reap the benefits I overcame. Charity Hospital was my second home — a building filled with miracle workers who made it possible for my daughter to have life. I have lived a life of rainy days with peeks of sunshine, that are my children, including those not of my womb. I'm the proud mother of three and a grandmother of three. My dream was to live the life of the nursery rhyme of ”The Old Lady Who lived in a shoe,” and for the most part, I did. I cared for several children over the years as a special needs foster parent. I would learn that my love was not enough for some children, but I loved them through their pain. I'm not sure if I ever had a case of true love or came close to what love looks like on television, but I had my share of men and the mirage of love. I survived two abusive marriages. Though I longed to return to New Orleans on a daily bases, I must admit my move was one of the best decisions made for me. I am a college graduate; I was a successful entrepreneur. I coowned a soul food restaurant and catering company in Minnesota for 12 years. I developed the talent of creating custom cakes after the murder of my beloved cousin Melvin Paul. He survived Katrina only to go to Minneapolis six months later to be murdered over a parking spot dispute. But with the challenge of creating a simple wedding cake, I was able to find healing. I created the House of Cakes in honor of him. Minnesota life had me pretty materialistic. I worked to the point I do not remember much, but work and handing my children love money. I thought by having the big house on the hill, a husband, having a family, the ultimate provider and being involved in all things that matter, plus having the funds to match would cure me of what I was told was a generational curse of lack of everything from money, love to even self-love. But for the most part, that life poisoned my heart and soul. I was blinded by visions fed to me by the media. I was told I wasn't anything unless I was better than the Jones's. I lived being ok with a broken, bleeding heart. Life like this did not exist in my family while living in New Orleans from what I viewed with my eyes and soul. We may not have had all the things I acquired over the years, but we were happy, we were together. Family outside of New Orleans wasn't family anymore. We lived separate lives and had awkward moments when we bumped into each other in public. I hated living in Minnesota even though life their helped me in so many ways. I felt deep down the only way to repair it was to get back to my roots, my soul, my home, myself, my New Orleans. I'm here, and I love it. Even being in the so-called Blighted Area of New Orleans and not having all the financial and material security, I'm happy. I am determined that She, yes, New Orleans is a woman is just like me; together, we will overcome and will rise from all that tried to kill our spirit. Nothing like starting from the bottom and making your way back up!. I just know in my heart that New Orleans will provide for me. There's a bank account with funds in it owed to me by way of back pay for my ancestors. And I will receive my inheritance, and I will continue the traditions and customs of the old to keep the heartbeat of New Orleans beating. I'm down in the boot, living the life that feels right to me awaiting my destiny...

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