NEW ORLEANS—Today, the City of New Orleans hosted the eleventh STRIVE New Orleans (STRIVE NOLA) graduation ceremony. Launched in March 2015, STRIVE NOLA seeks to connect disadvantaged jobseekers to employment opportunities by providing workforce case management, job readiness training and supportive services.
“STRIVE NOLA is focused on preparing the men and women of New Orleans with the tools they need to be ready for work,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “Too many of our residents, particularly young African American men, do not have the necessary skills to secure long-term employment. STRIVE NOLA promotes long-term success by creating a pathway to prosperity for these residents.”
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. This year, the City announced that the African American male non-employment rate is down from 52 percent to 44 percent.
“Investing in our disadvantaged jobseekers through STRIVE NOLA will always remain a top priority for us,” said Judy Reese Morse, Deputy Mayor for Citywide Initiatives. “Along with our committed partners, we are creating a pathway to prosperity for all residents 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.
“STRIVE NOLA is a key component in developing solid opportunities for the people of New Orleans,” said Ashleigh Gardere, Senior Advisor for Economic Opportunity and Executive Director of the Network for Economic Opportunity. “We are excited to celebrate the work of the eleventh cohort of STRIVE NOLA and look forward to continuing to create pathways to prosperity for our disadvantaged jobseekers.”
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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