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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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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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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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Mental Health Specialist

$12.00 to $14.00/Hr.

Provides individual Psychosocial Skills Rehabilitation (PSR) services in the community locations where clients live, work, attend school, and/or socialize. May provide group PSR at agency location, where applicable and according to assignment.

Assists clients in developing goals for treatment within the first 30 days of service, based on client and family stated goals, strength-based interviews, and collaboration with assigned Mental Health Professional (MHP) Team Leader.

Assists clients in restoring, rehabilitating, and developing social and interpersonal skills to help them stay in the community setting of their choice. Identify, enhance, and establish support networks, community awareness, coping strategies, and improve functioning in the individual's social environments (home, work, school).

Experience required

A Mental Health Professional (MHP) must meet the following educational criteria:
- A Master of Social Work degree; or - A Master of Arts, Science or Education degree in a mental health related field (an academic program with a curriculum content in which at least seventy percent of the required courses for the major field of study are based upon the core mental health disciplines); and
◦A minimum of fifteen (15) hours of graduate level course work and/or practicum experience in applied

Education required
A Master of Social Work degree

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Legal Secretary

$30,000.00 /Yr.

Performs legal work using a variety of software applications. This employee must exercise good judgment and independence in initiation and completion of legal court documents, legal opinions, general correspondence and database reports. This employee operates under general supervision by various attorney team members and the Office Manager.

Experience required

- Experience as a legal secretary or executive administrative assistant.
- Basic knowledge of legal office practices and procedures.
- Legal terminology as well as good communication skills, both oral and written.
- Computer skills and experience with modern office equipment.
- Ability to independently draft, review and sign approved correspondence and forms.
- High school diploma, preferably supplemented by advance course work in related secretarial skills.

Education required
High School Diploma or Equivalent

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Job #522300

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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Job #521708