Grant Opportunity for Open Enrollment Orleans Parish Public High Schools

YouthForce NOLA Career Readiness Initiative

Proposals due November 4, 2015

The YouthForce NOLA Steering Committee seeks proposals from schools interested in exploring, piloting and planning, or implementing high-quality career and technical education school models. Grants will help build the capacity of schools to offer the necessary coursework and experiences so students may develop the knowledge and skills to pursue high-wage, high-demand career pathways.


YouthForce NOLA will support New Orleans open-enrollment, public high schools looking to refine and expand their school models around CTE. Schools will be eligible for the following grants:

  • Exploration: up to $10,000, plus technical assistance

  • Pilot + Plan: up to $40,000, plus technical assistance

  • Implementation: up to $300,000 over three years, plus technical assistance

Multiple grant rounds are anticipated over the next three to five years. A limited amount of funding is available for this first round; applicants not selected will be invited to re-apply in future rounds.

Download the YouthForce NOLA Schools RFP. All open enrollment New Orleans public high schools are eligible to apply.


YouthForce NOLA was launched in summer 2015 as a collaboration between a group of partner organizations* fueled by the desire for every high school student to have access to the information, training, and experiences necessary to prepare for high-wage, high-demand careers aligned to our regional industries. Our primary guiding belief is that this work – when done well – will prepare an increasing percentage of New Orleans graduates for success in both college and career. Educate Now! serves as the convener and fiscal agent for YouthForce NOLA.

Learn more about YouthForce NOLA here.

For more information about this opportunity, please do not hesitate to reach out to Cate Swinburn of Educate Now!


*  YouthForce NOLA Partner Steering Committee member organizations: Baptist Community Ministries, City of New Orleans, Educate Now!, GNO, Inc., New Orleans Business Alliance, New Schools for New Orleans, Orleans Parish School Board, Louisiana Recovery School District, United Way of Southeast Louisiana, and Urban League of Greater New Orleans.

Jasmine Henderson