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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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Custodian/ Event Set Up Personnel


Perform routine custodial tasks according to established maintenance schedules.
Perform special assigned duties for floor care including buffing, sealing and stripping, carpet shampoo and extraction, auto scrubbing operations, and pressure washing of the sidewalks.

Experience required

Six Month (6) Years experience required 

Education required
High School Diploma or Equivalent

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Job #521005

Utility Worker Class B

Depends on Experience

Assists skilled construction workers in performing their assigned duties.  Follows specific work orders as given by skilled construction worker or foreman.  Cleans tools, equipment, materials and specified work areas as needed.  Transports needed tools, equipment and materials to/from and around work site.  Loads and unloads materials from company truck by hand or with an assisting device such as a forklift.  Performs variety of tasks involving dexterous use of hands and tools. I.E. demonlishing structures, dismantling forms, cutting insulation material, removing concrete. Digs spreads and levels dirt, gravel and sand.

Experience required

Minimum two (2) years of experience required

Education required
High School Diploma

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Job #522082

Hotel Houseman

Depends on Experience

Provides housekeepers with needed supplies and stocks storerooms. Removes trash and soiled linens. Prepares and separates soiled linens and terry for pick up.  Use floor equipment as required in the units, hallways, etc. Flips mattresses over on a quarterly basis or as required by manufacturer. Immediately notifies supervisor of any equipment failure. Smiles and is friendly when interacting with co-workers, guests and property employees 

Experience required

Prior housekeeping, cleaning or customer service experience preferred.

Education required
High School education or GED.

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Job #515422