YouthForce NOLA Provides Paid Summer Interns for Businesses, Non-Profits and Institutions

YouthForce NOLA Provides Paid Summer Interns for Businesses, Non-Profits and Institutions

 YouthForce NOLA is a collaborative effort geared toward preparing Orleans Parish students for well paying careers our regional economy.  Part of YouthForce’s programming includes a summer internship program for rising seniors at open enrollment public schools. YouthForce aims to make it easy for you to host summer interns:

  • Students attend 60 hours of paid professionalism training prior to placement with the employer.  They learn things such as email etiquette, time management, and social awareness.
  • The internship with the employer is 90 hours over five weeks(mid-June to the end of July; ~18 hrs/week).
  • YouthForce covers the students’ stipends as well as RTA passes so there is no financial cost to you. 
  • Students have a coach throughout their placement to help navigate the internship.

I’ve attached a quick program overview and calendar and I suggest you watch this VIDEO to see how impactful this program is!

YouthForce is seeking internship placements in three high-wage, high-demand skill clusters: health sciences, digital media/IT, and skilled crafts (architecture, engineering, construction, etc).  Prior interns have worked on a variety of projects, including research, data entry and analysis, inventory management, and social media campaigns.  YouthForce can work with you to create meaningful projects for your intern and can get creative and ensure this is an impactful experience for both the intern and your company.

If you are interested in hosting an intern, or learning more about the program, please fill out this Company Profile and/or reach out to Melissa Ehlinger, Executive Vice President of YouthForce NOLA at  504.390.7001 or by email at |



Our Voice/Nuestra Voz: Hosts the Louisiana Community Power Summit (LCPS), May 18th, 2019

Taylor Castillo
Our Voice Nuestra Voz
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NEW ORLEANS: On May 18th 2019, Our Voice Nuestra Voz (OVNV), in partnership with other statewide community partners, will host the Louisiana Community Power Summit (LCPS) a first-of-its-kind gathering to build community and power among over 500 parents from all corners of the state.

Louisiana ranks 49th in the United States for educational outcomes. We have the second highest incarceration rate in the nation. Our prisons and detention centers are disproportionately filled by youth with special needs, youth from low-income families, and youth from Black and Brown communities. Immigrant families are facing an unjust political climate. ICE arrests from the New Orleans field office increased 65 percent from 2016 to 2017. Beyond this, a continually growing immigrant population is not met with the essential services our state should be providing. We must build power together, so that communities can act to create change across the whole state.

Parents are often overwhelmed by the busyness of daily life. Siloed in our own communities, we are left to fight our issues independently. The Louisiana Community Power Summit (LCPS) aims to massively expand parent power by connecting parents from all over the state who are all facing similar issues in their schools, districts, and communities. Together, participants will build their collective power around education, immigration, and criminal justice. They will delve into the power structures, organizing principles, and more to discover new ways to increase equity throughout Louisiana.

The LCPS will focus on three goals for parents: building community, gaining information, and taking action. Parents will foster community by building connections with parents from all over the state. Rather than just focusing on individual issues, or a single city’s issues, parents will take on the issues that they all face together. They will gain information through keynote speakers, panels, and on-site resources. They will take action by participating in break-out sessions and workshops, heeding calls to action from speakers, and participating in next steps through our larger organizing network.

The summit will take place on Saturday, May 18th and will consist of nationally recognized speakers, musical acts, and learning sessions. A full list of participating organizations can be found here. Location and registration details will be announced at a later date. We invite organizations and community members interested in being a sponsor or vendor at the event to email for packages and more information.

Our Voice Nuestra Voz is an education advocacy organization that teams with community members, parents, and educators in New Orleans to break down the many barriers impacting the underserved. OVNV is building coalitions to lead the charge in identifying concerns and creating solutions for a more equitable New Orleans. Winning big will require our collective voices, power, and collaboration between Black and Brown people.

Louisiana, let’s build.

About the organization Our Voice Nuestra Voz (OVNV) is a 501(c)(3) organization that builds the capacity of parents to act as advocates in order to ensure that all children in New Orleans have access to a great school.



Mayor Cantrell signs Executive Order establishing Office of Human Rights and Equity

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March 26, 2019

Contact: LaTonya Norton

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(504) 658-4962


NEW ORLEANS — Mayor LaToya Cantrell has signed an executive order establishing the Office of Human Rights and Equity. This office will house the City’s Equity Office and the Human Relations Commission as well as serve as a liaison to many of the New Orleans’ most underrepresented communities.

The City’s LGBTQ+ Liaison will also be housed in this new office.

“The Mayor’s Office of Human Rights and Equity will ensure that underrepresented residents have a voice in City Hall,” Mayor Cantrell said. “I am charging them to deliver results and reduce the disparities that exist in our City, and to help provide positive outcomes in the lives of all of our residents.”

The new office will be led by Vincenzo Pasquantonio, who also leads the City’s Human Relations Commission and the City’s Equity initiatives. “This office underscores the Mayor’s deep commitment to human rights and equitable governance. Its establishment will help better coordinate our efforts to promote human rights and embed equitable practices that will achieve measurable results,” Pasquantonio said.

Under Mayor Cantrell’s administration, The Human Relations Commission has worked to reform its complaint process, improve language access policies in City Hall, prioritize LGBTQ+ communities of color and embed a lens of racial equity in City Hall policies and practices.

Visit the Office of Human Rights and Equity website here.

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