The city of New Orleans hosted the 13th STRIVE New Orleans (STRIVE NOLA) graduation ceremony on April 10. Launched in March 2015, STRIVE NOLA connects disadvantaged jobseekers to employment opportunities by providing workforce case management, job readiness training and supportive services.

“STRIVE NOLA prepares the men and women of New Orleans with the tools they need to succeed professionally,” says Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “Too many of our residents, particularly young African-American men, are unemployed or underemployed. Through the work of STRIVE NOLA and the Network for Economic Opportunity, we are working to ensure that every resident has an opportunity to access the pathway to prosperity.”

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. This cohort includes 10 New Orleans residents.

Deputy Mayor Judy Reese Morse says, “With 13 successful cohorts, we remain committed to investing in disadvantaged jobseekers through STRIVE NOLA. With the commitment of our partners, we are creating real opportunities for the city’s residents.”