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NOLA FOR LIFE Services Collaborative

Launch date: March 2014 End date: N/A

The NOLA FOR LIFE Services Collaborative (derived from the NOLA FOR LIFE Community of Practice), is a cohort of social service organizations who have committed to developing a continuum of services for boys and men of color at risk for involvement in violence in New Orleans. The Collaborative convenes four workgroups to address the relevant service needs of youth, high-risk youth, high-risk young adults and adult returning citizens with regard to prevention, intervention and rehabilitation. 

The Collaborative embraces the “collective impact” approach, ensuring that sustainable interventions and solutions are in place to improve outcomes for young men and boys. Since its launch in March 2014 the Collaborative has completed a year of planning, during which the cohort:

  1. Established common intake and assessment tools
  2. Identified evidence-based best practice models and program standards
  3. Established shared performance measures
  4. Entered into a partnership with the Opportunity Youth Data Sharing Council to develop of a universal client tracking  system

In 2016, the Collaborative launched a pilot project for high-risk 14-18 year olds who have been affected by violence. The pilot is testing the efficacy of the common intake and assessment tools, evidence-based case management standards and how youth benefit from a formal provider collaborative. 

Why part of murder reduction strategy

Risk/protective factors addressed: The Services Collaborative improves the quality of services which help reduce risk factors across areas such as housing, health, employment, substance abuse, and education.

Performance indicators and results

Development of the following continuum building blocks:

Initiative partners

  • At-Risk Workgroup: Urban Strategies, MentorNOLA with Each One Save One, Total Community Action, Communities in Schools, JOB1, Partnership for Youth Development
  • High-Risk Workgroup: The NET Charter High School, CASA, Boys Town, Family Center of Hope, Liberty’s Kitchen, JOB1/NOLA Youth Works, Youth Study Center, Youth Opportunity Center, Partnership for Youth Development, Youth Rebuilding New Orleans, Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights
  • Intervention Workgroup: Delgado Community College, Covenant House, Total Community Action, Inc., Youth Empowerment Project, Café Reconcile, JOB1, NOLA Dads
  • Reentry Workgroup: Urban League, Goodwill Industries, Total Community Action, NOLA FOR LIFE Reentry Program, JOB1, Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse
  • Pilot Participants: Boys Town, The NET Charter High School, Children’s Bureau of New Orleans, Communities in Schools, Recovery School District, Juma Ventures, Youth Study Center, Family Service of Greater New Orleans, Total Community Action, Café Reconcile, Crescent Leadership Academy
  • Funder: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Other Partners: Social Solutions, ExactChange, Louisiana Public Health Institute

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