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The NOLA FOR LIFE Mentoring Initiative partners with mentoring organizations to positively impact the lives of young men in New Orleans. This initiative, as a component of Invest in Prevention, allows us to work with other mentoring organizations to change the lives of young men in New Orleans.

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The Strategy

Launched in May 2012, NOLA FOR LIFE is Mayor Landrieu’s cutting edge murder reduction strategy for the City of New Orleans. It’s smart, holistic and it hits the streets.

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A Matter of Black Lives

BY Jeff Goldberg

In late April of 1994, a 9-year-old African American boy from the broken-down Central City neighborhood of New Orleans wrote a letter to President Bill Clinton, asking him to bring about an end to the violence that was devastating his city.

“Dear Mr. Clinton,” James Darby began. “I want you to stop the killing in the city. People is dead and I think that somebody might kill me. So would you please stop the people from deading. I’m asking you nicely to stop it. I know you can do it. Do it. I now you could.” He signed the letter, “Your friend, James.” Continue reading.

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By the Numbers


individuals from 12 gangs have been indicted as part of a coordinated multi-jurisdictional effort to focus on group and gang activity. 


participants and spectators attended nine seasons of NOLA FOR LIFE Midnight Basketball. Participants were connected to jobs, job training, education or other resources. 

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Rep, Phlebotomy Services II

$20,000.00 to $50,000.00

Phlebotomy Services Representative II, under the direction of the area supervisor ensures that the daily activities of the Patient Service Center (PSC)/Mobile/In-office Phlebotomy (IOP) are completed accurately and on time. Maintain a safe and professional environment for patients, clients, and employees, perform with confidence both the forensic and clinical specimen collection and processing duties following established practices and procedures. 

Experience required

Special Requirements: 1 Excellent phlebotomy skills to include pediatric and geriatric venipuncture, capillary collections. 2 Must be flexible and available based on staffing requirements; weekends, holidays and overtime. May be required to work occasional on-call duties weekends, evenings and early AM. 3 Must have reliable transportation, valid driver license and driving record that meets Quest Diagnostics driver safety guidelines, if applicable.

Education required
High School Diploma or Equivalent

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Job #517231

Class A or B CDL Drivers

$11-$16/ hour

Drive a tractor-trailer combination or a truck with a capacity of at least 26,000 pounds Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW). May be required to unload truck. Requires commercial drivers' license or chauffeurs license. Flatbed experiences a plus. Must be 21 years of age or older. TWIC card is preferred.             

Experience required

12 months (1 year)      

Education required
High School Diploma or Equivalent

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Job #515794

Commercial Maintenance Technician


Repairs structures; builds and installs cabinets, partitions, blackboards, and shelves; repairs furniture and equipment; installs floor coverings, acoustical ceilings, and window glass; floors, doors, locks, and related items.Performs electrical repairs such as replacing switches, ballasts and wiring; repairs equipment and water lines; repairs faucets, toilets, urinals, sewers, plumbing, boiler room equipment, pumps, check valves, boiler lines, heating and ventilating systems and related equipment. Trouble shooting and project scope development and estimating.

Experience required

24 months (2 years)

Education required
High School Diploma or Equivalent

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Job #515409