Jorden Nigro does not sit around and wait for things to happen — she makes things happen.
That is how Parks & Recreation Director Kirk Duncan describes Nigro —Youth Development and Services Manager City and Borough of Juneau Parks & Recreation Department — and why he believes she is worthy of being named one of 2018 Afterschool Superheroes. According to a release, the Alaska Afterschool Network named Nigro one of those Superheroes Tuesday.
“She really brings a dynamic though process to government,” Duncan said. “When we were asked to take on the afterschool program, she dove right in with two feet. She is always looking to partner with other organizations.”
In her work, Nigro has helped the Parks & Recreation Department work with at-risk youth. She led an effort to have the department work with Southeast Independent Living in creating opportunities for these youth to obtain summer jobs through the department. Those jobs with the city include assisting the Parks & Recreation Department maintain local parks and trails.