AmeriCorps Alums NOLA

For members, alums and friends of service in the Crescent City

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You’re Invited: Continuing Education and Careers in Public Service Event, Dec. 3

Join us December 3rd at 6:30pm at the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans for an event that will allow alumni, current AmeriCorps members, Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, and nonprofit professionals interested in graduate school to hear more about two schools that are actively recruiting national service leaders. The Clinton and Bush Schools both offer significant financial incentives for enrolled national service alumni. As part of this event, we will also convene an all-star panel of national service leaders working in government and public service. If you are thinking about a career in government or public service, you definitely don’t want to miss this free event! Register now.


The Clinton School of Public Service at the University of Arkansas and the Bush School of Government Service at Texas A&M University have been long-standing supporters of national service, and we are excited they will be co-hosting this event along with our chapter.



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YLC and PlayNOLA Field Day – Sunday, October 12

Members of the Young Leadership Council (YLC) and PlayNOLA have been working together to coordinate their very first joint Field Day on Sunday, October 12th at Irby Field in City Park! Remember how much fun you had as a child getting to do three legged races, water balloon tosses, and tug-of-war?  Just think of all that fun and multiple it by ten!

The event is FREE so all you have to do is pre-register here and show up at 1 PM for team assignments and festivities kick-off.  Everything will wrap at 4 PM with winner announcements and then folks will head over to Bayou Beer Garden to celebrate new friendships.  Winners will hold bragging rights (and get a sweet prize).

Keep checking back to the event Facebook Page for announcements of the games (that is right, we are going to tell you ahead of time so you can think of game-day strategies) and other important announcements.

If you would like to volunteer for the event instead of compete, please e-mail Caitlin at


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Salvations! Volunteer and Get Free Admission

Salvations, the Green Project’s Gala celebrating eco elegance, sustainable style, and local artisans will be hosted on 9/20 from 7PM – 10PM at The Shops at Canal Place (333 Canal St.)

It’s the Green Project’s 20th anniversary, so Salvations is geared up  to celebrating the best and brightest in furniture design featuring reclaimed, recycled, repurposed , and reimagined materials, created by local artists.  All furniture pieces will be auctioned off at the gala to benefit the Green Project!  Over 30 New Orleans-based restaurants will donate cocktails and food for you to enjoy while you peruse the furniture.

They are also looking for volunteers to help out with the event during the times listed below.  Anyone who volunteers will get free admission to the event including cocktails and food.  Please contact AmeriCorps Alum, Sean Vissar at if you are interested in any of the below shifts, and they will get you set up.

Sept 20th Volunteer Schedule:

10AM -1PM,   8 volunteers needed

1PM – 4PM,   8 volunteers needed

4PM – 8PM,   10 volunteers needed

8PM-11PM ,  10 volunteers needed

If you are not interested in volunteering, tickets can be purchased at:

For more information on Salvations, check out their facebook page:

Hope to see you there!

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Friday and Saturday – AmeriCorps 20th Anniversary Events

You are cordially invited to join us for the following events, happening this week to celebrate AmeriCorps’ 20th Anniversary!

Friday, September 12, 2014

“I will carry this commitment with me this year and beyond!” Join AmeriCorps members and alumni from across the City – and nationwide! – to publicly recite the AmeriCorps pledge and connect with others who have made service a priority in their lives!

Where: Duncan Plaza (1300 Perdido St. – across from City Hall)

When: 3:30 pm

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Join us for a Healthcare Marketplace Help Session! This free opportunity will teach you about the healthcare marketplace and how you can use it to your advantage. Lilia Fletcher-Moreno from the SE LA Area Health Education Center (AHEC) will do a presentation and answer specific questions to help members and alums understand their healthcare options. Please RSVP to as we have limited space.

Where: Fleur de Vie – Ruth Fertel Clinic ~ 711 N. Broad St.

When: 9:00 am

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Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of AmeriCorps!

St. Bernard Project invites you to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of AmeriCorps and the enormous impact of AmeriCorps Programs by rebuilding communities with us September 8 – 12 during our 24-Hour Build and Service Week. The weeklong building project will include 24-Hour Builds in New Orleans and at each of our affiliates! This means you’ll be serving alongside volunteers well into the night and hammering into the early morn, not stopping until this celebration of AmeriCorps service is done up right!

REGISTER HERE!                                           


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You are wise beyond your years…

… so use that wisdom and mentor a young person!

In 2012, the City created NOLA FOR LIFE, Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s comprehensive murder reduction strategy. From prevention and intervention to enforcement and rehabilitation, the City is working to ensure the safety of every person in New Orleans. Many of you have asked how you can support NOLA FOR LIFE and give back to the community, so today we invite you to participate in the City’s newly launched NOLA FOR LIFE Mentoring initiative.

Mentoring has proven to be one of the most effective youth development tools we have. Youth who have been mentored have been shown to make better decisions, resist negative influences, and increase academic performance. We are asking you to mentor 15-18 year old at-risk males, as this is the critical age where young people who don’t have positive adult influences may become involved with serious violence. Too many of our young people lack these positive role models and connections to adults, and you can be the difference in their lives.

The City has partnered with 6 mentoring organizations that will prepare you to have a successful relationship and support you throughout your role as a mentor. Becoming a mentor requires a one year commitment of meeting with your mentee an average of one hour per week.

To become a mentor:

  • Contact the organization below that fits best with your needs and capabilities, and tell them you’re interested in being a NOLA FOR LIFE mentor.
  • Fill out the Mentor Application and bring with you to the mentoring organization of your choice

Only you can make the difference in these young people’s lives. Please volunteer to be a mentor today.



Communities in Schools

Neighborhood: New Orleans East, Uptown/Irish Channel/Central City

Time of Mentoring: Monday – Friday during school

Type of Mentoring: One-on-one and small group



Phone Number: 504-486-8002

Description: The CIS Mentoring Program gives adult volunteers and youth the opportunity to engage in a mentoring relationship in a structured and safe school based environment.


Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Louisiana

Neighborhood: All of Orleans Parish

Time of Mentoring: Weekdays and weekends

Type of Mentoring: One-on-one; Group


Phone Number: 504-457-2277


Program Description: Goodwill’s program helps at-risk youth stay in school, develop work skills, explore career paths and get into college.


MentorNOLA with Each One Save One

Neighborhood: Algiers, Treme, 7th Ward/Bywater

Time of Mentoring: Weekdays and weekends

Type of Mentoring: One-on-one; school-based

Special population served: At-risk youth



Phone Number: 504-896-9979

Description: MentorNOLA is a youth service organization providing one-to-one mentor relationships to high-risk youth in our community. MentorNOLA believes the individual mentoring process can aid in the development of youth, allowing them to face major challenges and to succeed.


CASA New Orleans

Neighborhood: All of Orleans Parish

Time of Mentoring: In and out of school, seven days a week

Type of Mentoring: One-on-one

Special population served: Abused and neglected youth in foster care



Phone Number: 504-522-1962

Description: CASA New Orleans fights for the rights of abused and neglected children. CASA’s trained community volunteers advocate for their best interest in court and are often the only stable adult presence in their life.


100 Black Men of Metro New Orleans

Neighborhood: All of Orleans Parish

Time of Mentoring: During school / Saturday Life Skill Academy

Type of Mentoring: One-on-one; Group


Phone Number: 504-208-9337


Description: 100 Black Men offers a holistic mentoring program that addresses the social, emotional, and cultural needs of our youth.


Son of a Saint

Neighborhood: All of Orleans Parish 

Time of Mentoring: Mostly Weekends 

Type of Mentoring: Group

Special population served: Fatherless boys whose father is incarcerated or murdered


Phone Number: 504-421-9144

Description: Son of a Saint aims to enhance the lives of fatherless boys and inspire mentorship in the New Orleans Metro area.


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