New Orleans, LA

Second year of 'Summer Success' program completion, provision of employment opportunities for high-risk youth

Curtis Macken

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NEW ORLEANS, LA — In partnership with JOB1, the Mayor's Office of Youth and Families or OYF will complete the second annual "Summer Success" program this week, which provides employment opportunities for high-risk youth. This program allows youth, who have been truant or have interacted with the criminal justice system, to have an internship experience for five weeks with a local organization. This summer, there was 129 youth from across five City Council districts, aged 14 - 17.

The Director of the Mayor’s Office of Youth and Families, Emily Wolff, said, “This is what Mayor Cantrell means when she says, 'Nothing stops a bullet like a job.' This is also part of the holistic approach the Mayor employs to ensure public safety by investing in our people. Our previous work with Summer Success has shown a six percent recidivism rate; programs such as these connect our most vulnerable youth to opportunities that enable them to make positive connections in our community that propel them forward.”

To provide employment, work-readiness program and wraparound support, Summer Success has partnered with nine organizations, and the youth will receive $10/hour with up to twenty hours a week, case management, transportation aid and transitional planning support.

Among the nine organizations are:

  • The Net Charter High-School
  • Youth Rebuild NOLA
  • The Black School
  • Heroes of New Orleans
  • Taking Back Our Youth (TBOY)
  • Level-up Campaign
  • MicAmped
  • New Orleans Technical Education Provider (NOTEP)
  • Studio 4212

“It is so important that we all do our part to intervene in our young people’s lives, specifically in New Orleans East. Our experience investing in these twelve young women and men through the Mayor’s Summer Success Program has allowed our business to do our part. We are so proud of the transformation we’ve observed in our youth over the past several weeks and can’t wait to see them grow and thrive,” said Lauren Lewis, the owner of Studio 4212 and the Cosmetology Institute, one of the internship partners.

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