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Promote Jobs and Opportunity

Neighborhoods that experience the highest levels of violence also experience high levels of poverty and unemployment. Training and better access to good jobs provides a path away from violence and toward opportunity. In 2013, NOLA FOR LIFE started Pathways to Prosperity to address this challenge. Due to the significance of this work, it became an entire strategy spawning the Network for Economic Opportunity, launched in 2014. 


Angela Glover Blackwell – President and CEO, PolicyLink

Mayor Landrieu’s NOLA FOR LIFE initiative and Economic Opportunity strategy recognize that equity and inclusion are critical not only for the residents who have been left behind, but also for a safe and prosperous New Orleans. The city is tackling violence and economic inequities in a smart and comprehensive way—allowing all to reach their full potential and setting an example for the rest of the nation.

Blair Boutte – Owner, B3 Consulting, LLC

For those involved in the street life, the decision to change is never an easy one. It’s tough to think of a life without the hustle, because once you’re in it, that’s all you know. For a time, that’s all I knew too. But I strongly believe they can make a change. They have skills, but need help putting their skills to use in legitimate and positive ways. NOLA FOR LIFE brings together a community of service providers and support to help young men make that change. I’m proud to be a part of this, and I have hired NOLA FOR LIFE participants who have done a great job working with me in my businesses. I can honestly say that NOLA FOR LIFE is making a real difference in the lives of real people.