As usual, summer at Youth Rebuilding New Orleans was fun, busy, and HOT! While we work with over 200 volunteers in the summer, YRNO shifts focus to our local youth job-training internship, the REbuild Program.
This year, 2 cohorts of 21 youth worked to complete the yellow house and community builds while also completing training workshops on career readiness, soft skills, personal finance, social justice, mental health, investing, social media, and sex education.
We are grateful for partnerships with a number of organizations and guest speakers Chandra Britt (Whitney Bank), KD Minor (Cowen Institute), Khalilah Collins (Making Connections NOLA), Chelsea Moore (OPSB), Jimmie Lenson (Brotherhood, Inc), Peyton Theriot (Edward Jones), as well as continued partnerships with Junior Achievement and MHA Labs.
Interns also received training in “green infrastructure” as part of the Healthy Block Initiative, in partnership with The Urban Conservancy, Green Light New Orleans and SOUL NOLA, which aims to reduce localized flooding on the St. Ann Street block where we work. Interns removed concrete, installed True Grid permeable paving system, and planted rain gardens as part of the project.
This year, thanks to the Returning the Favor show with Mike Rowe, YRNO was able to provide all participants with fully stocked toolbelts as well as brand new laptops for typing resumes, researching real estate, and completing other job-readiness activities.
Thanks also to our continuing dedicated employer partners Palmisano, Eskew Dumez Ripple and Whitney Bank for hosting educational field trips each week for the interns to learn about career paths as well as the New Orleans employer landscape.