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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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Door Maintenance Technician

Depends on Experience

- Knowledge of machines and tools, their design use, repair, and maintenance.
- Basic electrical mechanical experience with following: electrical or electronic test     devices or equipment; hand or power tools; voltmeter, ammeter, or ohmmeter.
- Reading blueprints, schematics, technical drawings, work orders, instructions.

Experience required

Associates Degree or equivalent, or one to two years experience, preferably in an airport or cargo environment, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Education required
Associates Degree

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Line Cook

$10.00 - $12.00/Hr.

Must follow all prescribed recipes, use all products according to guidelines, report all waste to Chef, properly store and rotate all food items.

Experience required

Three (3) year’s related experience required

Education required
High School Diploma or Equivalent

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Unix System Administrator - Secret Clearance

Depends on Experience

Systems management expertise, including alert/event management automated job scheduling, storage.  Knowledge of current and evolving DoD information assurance initiatives, regulations, policies, procedures and guidance. The system administrator seeks to ensure that the uptime, performance, resources, and security of the computers he or she manages meet the needs of the users, without exceeding the budget.  To meet these needs, a system administrator may acquire, install, or upgrade computer components and software; provide routine automation; maintain security policies; troubleshoot; train and/or supervise staff; or offer technical support for projects 

Experience required

10 years related experience is required. 

Education required
High school Diploma or higher

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Job #516970