AmeriCorps Alums NOLA

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


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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

Website: www.cisneworleans.org

Email: mentoring@cisneworleans.org

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

Email: swhite@goodwill.com

Phone Number: 504-457-2277

Website: http://www.goodwillno.org/services/youth_mentoring.htm

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

Website: www.eachonesaveone.org

Email: alaimo@eachonesaveone.org

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

Website: www.CASANewOrleans.org

Email: info@casaneworleans.org

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

Email: jwilson@100blackmennola.org; panderson@100blackmennola.org

Phone Number: 504-208-9337

Website: www.100blackmennola.org

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

Email: info@sonofasaint.org

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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Empower Kids with NOLA STEM

A message from our friends with the NOLA STEM Consortium…

The NOLA STEM Consortium is a partnership between out-of-school youth centers and mentors for improved Science, Technology,

Engineering, Art, and Math Enrichment for New Orleans’ Children. Programming will include video game development, robotics, 3D CAD design, biology experiments, and other fun “maker” activities.

With this programming in place, our community will be doing all we can to identify and nurture the budding intellect of the next Nikola Tesla…and the next Dr. Henry T. Sampson…and the next Dr. Rosalind Franklin. First, we need your help.

If not through financial contributions we welcome your help with putting us in touch with useful resources. Take a moment to check out our Indiegogo page. Please share our campaign with your extended social media network. All the tools are there.

Get perks, make a contribution, or simply follow updates. If enough of us get behind it, we can make ‘NOLA STEM Consortium ‘ happen!

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/881356/emal/8271795

If you’re interested in volunteering, contact Raphael Gang or Stephen Gilman at MakerState:

Raphael Gang <raphael@maker-state.com>

Stephen Gilman <stephen@maker-state.com>


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August 21 is Happy Hour Time!

happy hour

Let’s start this service year off right!

Join your fellow AmeriCorps alums, members and friends at our co-hosted happy hour! Not only will 20% of the drink sales go to each organization, but you’ll get to meet folks from the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network.

Won’t you come and hang out?!?

RSVP HERE and we’ll see you then.


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Happy Hour at the Rusty Nail for AmeriCorps Alums and YNPN

SAVE THE DATE!

Come join the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Greater New Orleans (ynpnGNO) and NOLA Americorps Alums for happy hour at the Rusty Nail on Thursday, August 21st, from 4 – 8 pm.

Eat, drink, and get to know like-minded New Orleanians!

20% of all bar proceeds from the evening will go to ynpnGNO and AmeriCorps Alums – we hope to see you there!


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Volunteer at Satchmo Summerfest this Weekend

The Green Project Education Program is looking for volunteers to help at our Satchmo Summerfest Pops’ Playhouse craft activity booth on Saturday, August 2nd & Sunday, August 3rd from noon until 5pm (we prefer shift commitments of at least 2 hours).  We will be helping kids make maracas out of plastic bottles & dried red beans and popsicle stick harmonicas in the AIR-CONDITION of the Old U.S Mint (2nd floor).  Please email Melissa at education@thegreenproject.org for more information.


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Reminder: Chapter Meet & Greet Tonight – 6/25, 6:30pm at Pizza Delicious

We hope you can join us!

What: Chapter Strategy Meeting
When: Wednesday, June 25 | 6:30-8pm
Where: Pizza Delicious, 617 Piety St, New Orleans, LA 70117 (Bywater)

AmeriCorps Alums New Orleans strives to:

  • Support and connect alumni in life after AmeriCorps
  • Provide professional development and leadership opportunities
  • Celebrate service and the AmeriCorps community

Special note to currently serving AmeriCorps Members and Program Directors: we are committed to supporting your career and service goals… you do not have to be an alum of national service to be a part of the network. In fact, we hope you come to us with requests, ideas and questions now and in the future. We’re a powerful network – together!

 

 

 


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Chapter Strategy and Meet & Greet – June 25 at Pizza Delicious

Meet your new Chapter Leader and give your input on training and service opportunities for 2014-2015

We’ve heard your feedback from events and meetings and are working to incorporate more opportunities for training and service into the Chapter’s scheduled activities. As well, Chapter Co-leader, Whitney Soenksen, has stepped down to make room for fresher ideas from former Tulane VISTA leader, Jakita Allen (AmeriCorps Alums NOLA’s new Chapter Co-leader). We are excited to coordinate new opportunities for alums, current members and friends of service!

Special note to currently serving AmeriCorps Members and Program Directors: we are committed to supporting your career and service goals… you do not have to be an alum of national service to be a part of the network. In fact, we hope you come to us with requests, ideas and questions now and in the future. We’re a powerful network – together!

AmeriCorps Alums New Orleans strives to:

  • Support and connect alumni in life after AmeriCorps
  • Provide professional development and leadership opportunities
  • Celebrate service and the AmeriCorps community

What: Chapter Strategy Meeting
When: Wednesday, June 25 | 6:30-8pm
Where: Pizza Delicious, 617 Piety St, New Orleans, LA 70117 (Bywater)

Want to give feedback in advance of the meeting? Email nolaamericorps@gmail.com

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