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Launch date: November 2014 End date: N/A

The NOLA FOR LIFE Mentoring initiative works with existing community organizations to provide healthy mentorship relationships for young males in New Orleans at risk of exposure to or involvement in violence. The initiative has established best practices, policies and tools to support high-quality mentoring for these youth, and is recruiting mentors to increase the number of youth with a connection to a caring adult.

Why part of murder reduction strategy

Young men lack positive connections with trusted adults. Connections to trusted adults helps with good decision making and improves youth outcomes. 

Evidence base: Research has shown mentoring to improve a host of youth outcomes. For example, youth with mentors are significantly less likely to carry a weapon and are more likely to resist negative influences.10 

Risk/protective factors addressed: Aggression; poor attitude toward/performance in school; association with delinquent peers; connectedness to adults outside the family

Performance indicators and results


10 Mentoring: An Investment in Positive Youth Outcomes. MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership. Retrieved from

Initiative partners

  • Mentoring Partner Organizations: 100 Black Men of Metro New Orleans, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Communities in Schools, MentorNOLA with Each One Save One, Son of a Saint
  • Contributors: Goodwill of Southeastern Louisiana, LSU AgCenter 4-H, Silverback Society, New Orleans Kids Partnership, Dr. Charles Corprew, New Orleans Pelicans, SPAWAR Systems Atlantic, The National WWII Museum

Jeremy Le (Mentor)

I was introduced to the NOLA FOR LIFE Mentoring Program through their partnership with Communities in Schools. I wanted to get involved in community service and met Marcus through the program. So far we talk about his life, future and goals; go to the gym; and I took him on a tour of my college campus. It’s going well, and I look forward to my time with Marcus.

Marcus Green (Mentee)

I wanted a mentor because one day at school I was having a hard time. I knew I wouldn’t always have my counselor to support me so I asked to be a part of the program. My time with Jeremy has been good. Our time together keeps my mind occupied on positive things. Since I met Jeremy, he has inspired me to think about big goals like going to a four-year college and choosing a career path.

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