NEW ORLEANS — Today, the City of New Orleans hosted the tenth STRIVE New Orleans (STRIVE NOLA) graduation ceremony. Launched in March 2015, STRIVE NOLA connects disadvantaged jobseekers to employment opportunities by providing workforce case management, foundational skills training and supportive services.
“STRIVE NOLA takes our Economic Opportunity Strategy to the next level, preparing our men and women of New Orleans with the tools they need to be ready for work,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “Every day, we are working to change the lives of our disadvantaged residents and we will not stop until every New Orleanian has a pathway to prosperity.”
STRIVE NOLA is in line with Mayor Landrieu’s Economic Opportunity Strategy – a comprehensive effort to connect disadvantaged jobseekers and businesses to new opportunities by working to ensure that every resident can take part in the city’s economic growth through partnerships with local training providers, social service agencies and community advocates.
“We remain committed to investing in our disadvantaged jobseekers through STRIVE NOLA,” said Judy Reese Morse, Deputy Mayor for Citywide Initiatives. “With our committed partners, we are creating endless possibilities for the men and women of New Orleans.”
STRIVE NOLA prepares and connects local jobseekers, specifically African American males, to career pathways through local anchor institutions. During the four week job readiness training program, participants arrive to work daily dressed professionally from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Last month, the City announced that the African American male non-employment rate is down from 52 percent to 44 percent.
“STRIVE NOLA is a key workforce development initiative for the City,” said Ashleigh Gardere, Senior Advisor for Economic Opportunity and Executive Director of the Network for Economic Opportunity. “We look forward to continue creating career pathways for our disadvantaged jobseekers ensuring every resident can take part in the city’s growing prosperity.”
The STRIVE employment model ensures that every client is not only ready to find a job, but also ready to keep it through five components: CORE Attitudinal and Job Readiness, Skills Training, Workforce Case Management, Job Placement, and Job Retention and Ongoing Follow-up.
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