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Midnight Basketball provides safe recreational opportunities in crime hot spots for young men who are most at risk of being victims or perpetrators of violent crime in New Orleans. During 8-week seasons, participants are connected to positive role models, community resources, jobs and educational opportunities. The free basketball tournament was launched in January 2012 as part of the Saving Our Sons initiative. Today with support from community partners and sponsors, Midnight Basketball has touched over 10,000 participants.

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Opportunity of the night
Healthy Start New Orleans and Crescent City Dads

Healthy Start New Orleans and NOLA FOR LIFE’s Crescent City Dads Program. Healthy Start New Orleans is an initiative of the City’s Health Department to support new mothers and babies. The NOLA FOR LIFE and Healthy Start New Orleans Crescent City Dads Program focuses on providing local fathers with the tools to be great parents. They will give participants information on how to get resources including free baby items, healthy food for pregnant mothers, WIC, food stamps, housing, support groups, clearing criminal records and more.

Kevin Sherman, NOLA FOR LIFE and Healthy Start New Orleans Volunteer/ STRIVE Graduate

Kevin Sherman was released from prison after spending 30 years incarcerated.  He was born and raised in New Orleans, Uptown.  At an early age he got into street crime which lead him to being shot then incarcerated at the age of 15.  While incarcerated he began to educate himself and became a spokesperson for young men entering the prison system.  Once Kevin was released, he continued his work with the youth by ensuring every young man and woman has the opportunity to avoid the pit-falls of the so-called street life.

Kevin has an exceptional background as a youth and adult mentor, as well as a fatherhood and substance abuse facilitator.  In 2015 Kevin lead the Unity Project in Baton Rouge as the Youth Program Director.  There he taught adult basic life skills and empowerment courses, parenting classes, mentored 250 youth offenders and assisted them in maintaining a GED, and facilitated instructional and valuable trips to Angola Prison.  He also has worked as a construction and laborer assistant.  In addition, Kevin has volunteered with NOLA FOR LIFE and Healthy Start New Orleans Programs as an outreach volunteer and engagement speaker.

This week's winners


Bracket posted Mondays

Opportunity of the night

It is an intensive job readiness training program that will connect disadvantaged job seekers in New Orleans to career opportunities.  The model was implemented to tackle the high unemployment rate among African-American men in New Orleans.  It was crucial to create a solution that provides workforce case management, foundational skills training and supportive services. Over a four week period it is mandatory for participants to attend the daily workshop sessions Monday through Friday from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm.  Also, they are required to dress professionally while attending the daily workshops.

Patrick Young, STRIVE Senior Core Trainer

Patrick Young was born and raised in New Orleans. He graduated from McMain High School and attended UNO. In 1997, Patrick’s older brother was killed in Houston. 

In 1999, Patrick was convicted of 3 counts of Armed Robbery and sentenced to 15years in prison. Patrick was released in 2012 after serving 13years and 9months. While incarcerated Patrick relied heavily on improving his education and acquiring skills to better him once released.

Mr. Young is currently the Senior Core Trainer for the STRIVENOLA program, under the Network of Economic Opportunity for the City of New Orleans.

STRIVE’s goal is to identify entry positions of high need and high advancement opportunity, In order to build local work force capacity. We support people in realizing their full economic potential by creating programing that effectively connect people to work. STRIVE thrives on innovation solutions to a complex economic challenge.

There are too many unfilled or high turnover jobs at some of New Orleans largest employers with identifiable skill gaps. STRIVE’s aim is to connect local employers seeking talent with local residents seeking opportunity.

Prior to joining Strive, Patrick worked as an Education Coordinator for JOB1 and an Adult Education Instructor for The Urban League of Greater New Orleans. He instructed and developed curriculums that not only helps participants receive their High School Equivalency Diplomas but also facilitated work force development trainings and certifications.

Young received his Associates of Arts Degree in General Studies (2013) from River Parish Community College and currently studying Criminal Justice at Southern University of New Orleans. Young has a Welding Diploma (2011) from NorthShore Technical College with AWS credentials and NCCER certifications; As well as a Culinary Diploma (2010) from Northshore Technical College with SERVSAFE credentials.

For the past four years he has worked with high risk individuals with criminal backgrounds to organize, plan, mobilize, and represent this underserved sector of our community. Young is married with two children. 

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