As one of seven winning cities selected by JPMorgan Chase for its AdvancingCities Challenge, New Orleans is making an investment into blue-green infrastructure, providing pathways to new career opportunities for residents and contract opportunities for local small businesses in the water economy.
AdvancingCities is a $500 million, five-year initiative launched by JP Morgan Chase to drive inclusive growth and create greater economic opportunity in cities across the world. New Orleans was selected through a competitive RFP process led by NOLABA and partners and awarded $5 million for a three-year grant that began in 2020 to:
504ward is a collaborative initiative designed to attract and retain young professional talent in New Orleans. As part of NOLABA’s efforts to provide employers with top talent, 504ward is New Orleans’s largest network of up-and-coming young professionals.
The initiative offers a suite of programs and communications, in partnership with private sector leaders and employers, that provide opportunities for career advancement, professional development, and social engagement for young professionals.
Over the past 10 years, 504ward has directly engaged more than 23,000 young professionals, featured more than 3,000 quality jobs, and partnered with more than 200 employers to date.
To learn more or sign up for the 504ward weekly email, visit 504ward.com
504ward is dedicated to promoting job opportunities in the Greater New Orleans Region. It is our goal to highlight the many and varied job opportunities that exist throughout the region through our twice-weekly Career Spotlights in our emails, our daily Jobs of the Day on Facebook and Twitter, and our Company of the Week on Instagram. These opportunities reach out members through our listserv (9,500+), Facebook (6,000+ followers), Twitter (19,000+ followers), and Instagram (1700+ followers).
We also offer a Company Connect program, which connects your company through a group hiring event to a preselected list of potential employees. Learn more about the Company Connect here.
504ward promotes events in the Greater New Orleans community through our twice-weekly emails and social media outlets.
To be considered for promotion, please complete the form on the website. Note that we typically need 8 weeks’ notice to schedule promotion. The more information you provide and the earlier you provide it, the greater the likelihood we will be able to promote the event.
504ward periodically hosts Restaurant Nights and Connections & Cocktails happy hours at restaurants and bars around the city.
If you are interested in hosting us at your space, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Youth Demonstration Project (YDP) prepares and connects young people between the ages of 16 and 24 with quality employment opportunities in high-demand, high-wage, and high-growth industries. These opportunity youth (OY), which include approximately 7,000 in our local area, are disconnected from employment and/or post-secondary opportunities.
In New Orleans, 61% of jobs in the region require some college or higher. Yet only 54% of our workforce ages 25 and older have the skills/credentials needed to compete for those jobs. In an effort to address this gap, it is imperative that young people transition from high school with the requisite skills to compete for available employment. NOLABA supports the system-level transformation of youth-focused workforce development to better meet their needs by providing them with training providers and access to critical support tools.
This project has supported over 100 young people to date and over the next two years, the overall goal is to connect 225 youth to quality career pathways by specifically supporting OY training providers and it also serves to build the capacity of opportunity youth (OY) serving organizations, so that processes can be scaled to the larger network of providers.