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Soft skills are
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Soft skills development


What are soft skills?

Also known as 21st-century skills, non-cognitive skills, or Social Emotional Learning skills, soft skills are the non-technical abilities that allow someone to succeed and exceed academically, socially, and professionally. While every young person has these skills, it is the job of youth champions -- from educators to employers to parents -- to empower those skills over time. YouthForce NOLA is here to help.

We have partnered with MHA Labs, leader in the field of youth empowerment through skill-building, to improve the soft skills development of youth and young adults in our open enrollment public schools. Our soft skills work focuses on six building blocks:






Personal Mindset


Plan For Success


Social Awareness


Problem Solving

Soft Skills Teacher Fellowship  (SSTF)

To better integrate soft skills development in schools, we have recruited teams of teachers to champion soft skills in their classrooms and the classrooms of their colleagues. When teachers join the fellowship, they endeavor on a yearlong journey to realize what is possible for students when essential skills are incorporated into their learning. Want to become a SSTF fellow? Applications will be open and posted here. Email us for more information.


Soft Skills Community of Practice

To improve soft skills cultivation across our city, we have convened a community of New Orleans’ youth champions to share best practices and collaborate with one another. Participants include peers from nonprofits, schools, and other organizations that serve youth. Our Soft Skills Community of Practice meets once a month. Interested in taking your youth empowerment to the next level? Email us for more information or check our events page.