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Want to be a mentor?

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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My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge Local Action Plan

On May 26, 2015, the City of New Orleans released its local action plan as part of President Obama's My Brother's Keeper Community Challenge - the final step of the initial phase of a challenge issued by the President in September 2014 that encourages communities to implement a coherent cradle-to-college-and-career strategy for improving the life outcomes of all young people to ensure that they can reach their full potential, regardless of who they are, where they come from, or the circumstances into which they are born. Leveraging the work of NOLA FOR LIFE and the Mayor’s Economic Opportunity Strategy, the City of New Orleans last year joined a network of nearly 200 cities, counties, and tribal nations from 43 states across the country committed to investing in the lives of black men and boys.

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Find help close to you


Assistance is available for:

  • Education
  • Employment
  • Housing
  • Mental Health Services
  • Substance Abuse
  • Reentry
  • Domestic Violence
  • and others

Use this app on your smartphone or computer to find resources close to you or any location within the New Orleans area

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Donate to the Fund

Thanks to the Greater New Orleans Foundation, the NOLA FOR LIFE Fund is now ready to receive your donations.

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By the Numbers


individuals from 11 gangs have been indicted as part of a coordinated multi-jurisdictional effort to focus on group and gang activity. 


young people between the ages of 16-30 competed for over 300 available jobs and participated in on-site job readiness boots camps.

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Real Jobs Right Now

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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

Vision Rehabilitation Specialist

$19.00 - $21.00

Knowledge of physical, mental, and psychosocial effects of visual impairment preferred; Ability to perform Visual skills training to include eccentric viewing preferred; Ability to teach compensatory strategies to promote independence and safety; Ability to facilitate group training; Excellent verbal and written communication skills; Strong organizational skills and ability to plan ahead; Proficient with Office Suite, internet, and email.

Experience required

Licensed Occupational Therapy Assistant, with specialty certification in Low Vision (SCLV) or willingness to   receive SCLV certification within 2 years.

Education required
Bachelor's Degree

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Job #514375

Starbucks Barista

$8.00 - $9.00/hr.

Starbucks Baristas greets, serves and prepares food and beverages in Starbucks. This position also consists of cashiering and counter maintenance. The ideal candidate must have excellent communication skills and the ability to interact with people. The candidate must also must be able to lift & carry 50lbs. and stand for long periods of time. This position's shift begins at 5am. Ideal candidate must possess early morning shift availability. This position has the potential to work Full-time hours.

Experience required

At least 1 year previous customer service experience required.

Education required
High School Diploma or Equivalent

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Job #516426