Our Strategy

The Opportunity

There are approximately 70,000 high-wage, high-demand jobs that will come available in the greater New Orleans region in the next ten years, yet currently few of our graduates have the skills or the connections to obtain these jobs.

A recent study found that students completing rigorous career readiness programming are more likely to graduate from high school, enroll in college, be employed, and earn higher wages.


YouthForce NOLA is an education, business, and civic collaborative that prepares New Orleans public school students for successful pursuit of high-wage, high-demand career pathways. YouthForce NOLA offers expanded coursework offerings, career exposure and experiences, soft skills training and application opportunities, and employer-validated credentials.

Our Goals

Three key goals to focus our efforts:

  • 20% of the Class of 2020 will earn industry-recognized culminating credentials that will place them on high-wage, high-demand regional career pathways.
  • 10% of the Class of 2020 will complete YouthForce internships.
  • Citywide, more students will demonstrate employer validated, career-ready soft skills.

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