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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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Prep Cook

$8.50 to $11.00/Hr.

Wash, peel, and cut various foods, such as fruits and vegetables, to prepare for cooking or serving.  Prepare a variety of foods, such as meats, vegetables, or desserts, according to customers' orders or supervisors' instructions, following approved procedures.

Experience required

One year related experience

Education required
No Minimum Education Requirement

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Job #527451

Bobcat Driver

Depends on Experience

Prepare and sort materials or products. Identify and remove substances. Work sit is in the New Orleans area. 

Experience required

Two years Bobcat operator experience is required

Education required
High School Diploma or Equivalent

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Job #516499

Truck Driver

Depends on Experience

These drivers deliver goods over intercity routes, sometimes spanning several states. Duties Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers typically do the following: * Drive long distances * Report to a dispatcher any incidents encountered on the road * Follow all applicable traffic laws * Inspect their trailer before and after the trip, and record any defects they find * Keep a log of their activities *

Experience required

Valid driver's license. Must pass drug test, must have a TWIC Card.

Education required
High school diploma

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Job #527228