Starting School with Real Work Experience

With summer vacation at an end, students across the city are just getting back into the rhythm of the school year. Hundreds of highly-motivated New Orleans public high school students never missed a beat, though. Instead of sleeping in and binge watching tv, they woke up early and put in extra effort to get ahead. […]

The Results Are In: Employers Give YouthForce Interns High Marks

Employers play an integral part in the YouthForce NOLA continuum of student experiences. This summer, 90 local employers — in three of our region’s high-wage, high-demand career pathways: Digital Media/IT, Health Sciences, and Skilled Crafts — hosted student interns. Not only are these employers helping prepare students for promising careers, they’re nurturing the new talent […]

What’s All the Hubbub?

Employer Hub Connects the Classroom to the Working World The YouthForce NOLA Employer Hub connects professionals from our network of employer partners with classes from our network of partner schools. The pros volunteer to share their experiences with students as well as practical tips and necessary steps for pursuing careers in their industries. Managed by […]

Shout Outs – August 2018

Shout Out: Jashine Richard One of our former YouthForce Interns, Jashine Richard, returned this summer as part of our staff. As an intern, she excelled during training and landed an internship at Audubon Nature Institute. This summer, she utilized the skills she developed in her internship to develop and implement curriculum as well as serving […]

Students Celebrate Completion of YouthForce NOLA Summer Internships

Real Work Experience Primes High Schoolers for Career Success Nearly 200 New Orleans public high school students celebrated the completion of their participation in the 2018 Summer YouthForce NOLA Internship program (YFI) at a ceremony Tuesday evening. “We are so proud of the students who completed internships this summer, and we’re grateful to the employers […]

More Students Earning More Diverse, Rigorous Credentials

When YouthForce NOLA launched in 2015, only a small handful of New Orleans public high school students were earning industry-recognized credentials. If our network of collaborators was going to fulfill our promise to prepare students for the tens of thousands of high-wage, high-demand jobs that will come available in the greater New Orleans region in […]

Making the Most of the Summer

Jump Start allows students to earn credits, certifications, and cash The sounds of drills whirling, hammers banging, and metal clanking filled the air. Absent were the voices of the students who were intently focused on the tasks before them. “Most students come in not knowing what it really is, but they come and learn,” Tevin […]

Educator Externships Help Connect the Classroom to the Workplace

This summer, more than a dozen educators participated in YouthForce NOLA Educator Externships, a professional development program connecting the classroom to the workplace through experiential learning. Each educator was embedded in a local company in one of YouthForce NOLA’s targeted high-wage, high-demand industries: Digital Media/IT, Health Sciences, and Skilled Crafts. “Because of my participation in […]

Shout Outs!

Shout Out: Imani Miller Huge Shout Out to our new Vice President of Programs, Imani Miller! She is leading YouthForce NOLA’s school partnership strategy and overseeing the execution of the internship and soft skills programs. Imani joins our team with over ten years of experience in education. She served as Academy Principal for two years […]

In the News – July 2018

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