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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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Grill Operator/Cook

Depends on Experience

To properly prepare customer's orders, ensure order completeness, deliver orders within the range of Waffle House's standards, provide leadership for the shift and ensure Customer Satisfaction through proper food preparation and sanitation.
- You must clean and restock the grill area on an ongoing basis. (The second shift usually preps the food).
- You must know the proper use of cooking equipment, food items, ad supplies.
- You must know correct cooking and safe food handling procedures. You must know proper plate presentation.
- You must control waste. You must know call-in procedures. You must know emergency procedures.

Experience required

Six month experience 

Education required
No Minimum Education Requirement

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Material Handler

Depends on Experience

Transport raw materials or packaging materials to specified areas for use and return them to their proper locations.  Receives delivery of raw materials and performs required inventory control transactions. Complete and process required inventory control transactions according to company/department standards including scanning and printing tickets with barcode equipment.  Process return, if excess material, according to department standards. Includes use of inventory management system (SAP) to adjust quantity in system to update inventory.

Experience required

Must be able to lift up to 100 pounds occasionally.  Must successfully complete material handling safety courses and obtain OSHA certification. One year production or warehouse experience preferred

Education required
High school diploma or GED equivalent preferred

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Administrative Assistant - Legal Affairs

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Responsible for all secretarial functions that support the role of the department; assumes responsibility for typing, filing, composing correspondence, project coordination, handling meeting arrangements, minutes from meetings, travel arrangements, customer relations and any other duties assigned; serves as a role model to all clerical staff within the department and assists in the provision of educational needs of this group  

Experience required

5 years business experience at an administrative level. Typing / word processing 70 wpm Shorthand or speedwriting 80-100 wpm

Education required
High school diploma or equivalent

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