Ogletree Deakins

Youth Rebuilding New Orleans Accepts Donation From Law Firm

NEW ORLEANS, La., May, 2013 – Youth Rebuilding New Orleans recently accepted a check from Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. (Ogletree Deakins), a law firm that hosted its annual “Workplace Strategies” seminar in New Orleans in May. New Orleans volunteers that participate with YRNO will benefit from the generous contribution.

Ogletree Deakins presented the donation during a charity golf tournament and “Taste of New Orleans” event the firm hosted on May 8. They raised a total of $35,000 through both events: $6,300 from the golf tournament and $28,700 at the “Taste of New Orleans” event. The donation will be used by Youth Rebuilding New Orleans (YRNO) to mobilize volunteer groups and empower the youth of New Orleans. It will also contribute to the continued rebuilding of New Orleans, one house at a time.

“It is our mission to engage local youth in the recovery and rebirth of the New Orleans area,” says William Stoudt, executive director of the organization. “With this generous donation, we can continue to equip our city’s young people with valuable job and life skills.”

Youth Rebuilding New Orleans recruits and manages volunteer groups, creating opportunities for young people aged 15-24 to participate in rebuilding local neighborhoods. They provide skills training in renovation and construction. The program aims to revitalize the health of neighborhoods and build stronger relationships within the community.

In addition to providing meaningful volunteer experiences, YRNO’s service learning programs partner with classroom curriculum. Working with local teachers and their students, they provide opportunities to learn outside of the traditional classroom. Some of the topics that are covered for construction projects include geometry and financial literacy. The organization also teaches valuable lessons in home ownership, empowering young people to invest in and maintain properties in the New Orleans area. Students of these programs are better equipped to move into construction and construction management apprenticeships as well as jobs.

“We believe in unity in the one voice of our youth,” says Stoudt. “Our New Orleans volunteer groups serve the community and help empower young people so that they have the opportunity to make a difference in their city.”

Ogletree Deakins is one of the largest labor and employment law firms representing management in all types of employment-related legal matters. The firm has more than 650 lawyers located in 44 offices across the United States and in Europe. They are actively engaged in the communities of the Gulf South.

To learn more about the YRNO or to get involved in one of their volunteer groups in New Orleans, you can visit the Youth Rebuilding New Orleans website at http://yrno.com/. You can also contact them at their offices by calling (504) 264-3344. The organization’s headquarters are located on 1933 Hope Street in New Orleans, LA 70119.

About Youth Building New Orleans
A non-profit, volunteer organization in New Orleans, Youth Rebuilding New Orleans was organized in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The mission is of the group is to reduce blight and restore storm ravaged communities in the city of New Orleans. Provided service learning opportunities also engage youth to acquire valuable job and life management skills.