NEW ORLEANS, LA – Today, Mayor Landrieu announced the open application process for the NOLA FOR LIFE Services Collaborative, the next phase of the NOLA FOR LIFE Fund’s Community of Practice. At the completion of the 12-month Community of Practice experience, participants recommended a strategy that calls for continued collaboration with service providers to ensure that high-risk and at-risk individuals have coordinated access to quality services.
“After two years, we are seeing early results through NOLA FOR LIFE,” said Mayor Landrieu. “There is more work to be done to keep every person in our city safe and we’re committed to seeing it through to the end.”
Mayor Landrieu launched NOLA FOR LIFE in May 2012, creating strategic partnerships with national and local partners to create and implement initiatives in five main categories to build safe neighborhoods. From prevention to intervention to rehabilitation and enforcement, the comprehensive strategy seeks to improve outcomes, specifically creating jobs and opportunities for young men and boys between the ages of 16 to 30.
Through NOLA FOR LIFE, the NOLA FOR LIFE Fund was created to support high-quality programs and critical social services to young men most at risk of killing or being killed. Since its inception, the NOLA FOR LIFE Fund has awarded a total of $500,000 in grants to 23 local non-profit organizations to continue their on-going work and commitment to serving high-risk individuals throughout New Orleans.
In an effort to coordinate sustainable interventions and solutions, 10 of the NOLA FOR LIFE Fund grantees were invited to participate in a 12-month Community of Practice, a group designed to enhance the ability of key service providers to network, learn with and from one another, coordinate efforts and increase efficiencies. The 12-month Community of Practice has led to the next phase of coordination, the NOLA FOR LIFE Services Collaborative.
The NOLA FOR LIFE Services Collaborative application process will not include a distribution of grants to specific organizations. It will, however, allow for the best possible leverage of service providers who are already working in their respective areas.
Those interested in participating are invited to an information session at City Hall, in the 9th Floor Homeland Security Conference Room on June 5, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. to learn more about the network.
All application documents must be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 p.m. on Monday, June 30, 2014.