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It is an intensive job readiness training program that will connect disadvantaged job seekers in New Orleans to career opportunities. The model was implemented to tackle the high unemployment rate among African-American men in New Orleans. It was crucial to create a solution that provides workforce case management, foundational skills training and supportive services. Over a four week period it is mandatory for participants to attend the daily workshop sessions Monday through Friday from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm. Also, they are required to dress professionally while attending the daily workshops.
Patrick Young, STRIVE Senior Core Trainer
Patrick Young was born and raised in New Orleans. He graduated from McMain High School and attended UNO. In 1997, Patrick’s older brother was killed in Houston.
In 1999, Patrick was convicted of 3 counts of Armed Robbery and sentenced to 15years in prison. Patrick was released in 2012 after serving 13years and 9months. While incarcerated Patrick relied heavily on improving his education and acquiring skills to better him once released.
Mr. Young is currently the Senior Core Trainer for the STRIVENOLA program, under the Network of Economic Opportunity for the City of New Orleans.
STRIVE’s goal is to identify entry positions of high need and high advancement opportunity, In order to build local work force capacity. We support people in realizing their full economic potential by creating programing that effectively connect people to work. STRIVE thrives on innovation solutions to a complex economic challenge.
There are too many unfilled or high turnover jobs at some of New Orleans largest employers with identifiable skill gaps. STRIVE’s aim is to connect local employers seeking talent with local residents seeking opportunity.
Prior to joining Strive, Patrick worked as an Education Coordinator for JOB1 and an Adult Education Instructor for The Urban League of Greater New Orleans. He instructed and developed curriculums that not only helps participants receive their High School Equivalency Diplomas but also facilitated work force development trainings and certifications.
Young received his Associates of Arts Degree in General Studies (2013) from River Parish Community College and currently studying Criminal Justice at Southern University of New Orleans. Young has a Welding Diploma (2011) from NorthShore Technical College with AWS credentials and NCCER certifications; As well as a Culinary Diploma (2010) from Northshore Technical College with SERVSAFE credentials.
For the past four years he has worked with high risk individuals with criminal backgrounds to organize, plan, mobilize, and represent this underserved sector of our community. Young is married with two children.