YouthForce NOLA 2018 Annual Report and a Message from Cate
Welcome to YouthForce NOLA’s 2018 Annual report. Below you will find a letter from Cate Swinburn, YouthForce NOLA’s President, and our full annual report.
In spring 2015, I led a delegation of New Orleans education, business, and civic leaders to Washington, D.C. to learn about career readiness efforts in our nation’s capital. On the trip back home, we convened and agreed: together, we would work to create similar opportunities for economic advancement for young people in our city. This collaborative agreement became the bedrock for what is now YouthForce NOLA.
In the nearly four years since, YouthForce NOLA has made tremendous progress developing pathways to economic prosperity for our public high school students citywide, and all of it can be attributed to the passion, hard work, and dedication of our high school students and our partners. At the majority of our high schools, career preparation is being integrated in programming. Hundreds of meaningful work experience opportunities have been created. The number of quality, industry aligned technical training opportunities has increased dramatically. Youth champions from both the public and private sectors have empowered nearly a thousand youth with the soft skills they need to succeed in college and careers. From educators to training providers to employers to community partners, our city has come together to champion a united vision for a more educated, economically prosperous, and equitable future for our public school students.
While there is still much work to be done, we have made huge steps toward our vision since our inception. I’m proud of the programs, partnerships, and people that have made YouthForce NOLA’s progress possible in 2018 — especially our exceedingly talented public high school students. I look forward to working with friends old and new into the future.