CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF 504WARD & NOLA’S YOUNG PROFESSIONAL RENAISSANCE
WHAT: The NOLA Young Professional Day of Service is a collaborative event organized by a dozen young professional organizations across Greater New Orleans (see below for description of each organization) in celebration of the impact this next generation of leaders is making on our city. Young professionals will volunteer at project sites across the city (working with a variety of nonprofits whose missions range from improving affordable housing to green infrastructure) and come together at Central City BBQ for a post-volunteering after party and young professional organization connections fair, through which young professionals will have the opportunity to sign up to get further involved with partnering organizations throughout the year.
WHERE: Nonprofit organizations will host young professionals at volunteer sites across Greater New Orleans. An after party and young professional organization connections fair will follow at Central City BBQ, 1201 S. Rampart St.
WHEN: Saturday, September 29 th . Volunteer projects will take place from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., followed by an after party 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
WHY: As a collaborative group of organizations who work with New Orleans young professionals every day, our goals for this event are threefold: 1) to showcase the impact young professionals are making in New Orleans and the impact they will have on the city’s future; 2) to highlight opportunities for young professionals to get further involved with organizations across the city that would benefit from their talents; and 3) to celebrate 10 years of
504ward, Urban League of Louisiana Greater New Orleans Chapter Young Professionals, Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans, Avodah, and all of the organizations that represent the post-Katrina NOLA young professional renaissance. In the last decade, young professionals have made waves across New Orleans. They have launched startup companies and nonprofit organizations and stepped into leadership roles across industries, fueling the economic and social prosperity of our city. Continuing to invest in this key asset, our talented young people, is critical. We hope you will join us for this special day to celebrate the last 10 years and the next 300.
Special thanks to the partners and sponsors who helped make this day possible!
Official Transporation Partner (watch for a special discount code to get you to your volunteer site, the afterparty and home):
And special thanks to our Annual Partners & Sponsors who make the 504ward initiative possible:
504ward is a nonprofit collaborative initiative with a mission to keep the talented young professionals of New
Orleans in our great city. Our goal is to connect young professionals to key people, events and opportunities and
ensure that New Orleans is a place for them to thrive and grow. Get connected by signing up (it's free!) at
504ward.com/join-504ward to receive our twice-weekly emails that highlight opportunities for civic and social
engagement, leadership development, career advancement, and special event discounts just for young
Avodah Jewish Service Corps first came to New Orleans in 2008 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina,
with the intention of working toward long-term holistic disaster recovery. Avodah has built a thriving Jewish justice
community and partnered with 30 local agencies on a wide range of issues, from women’s advocacy to disaster
recovery, and we continue to work closely with organizations like the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action
Center and MacArthur Justice Center. Our Corps Members provide college preparation and leadership
development for at-risk youth; educational, vocational, and guidance services for teens in the juvenile justice
system; and advocacy to help low-income homeowners get their houses rebuilt. More than half of our alumni have
stayed in New Orleans beyond their service year, many of whom continue to work at their placements and are now
supervising Corps Members.
City Year is an education nonprofit organization founded in 1988 dedicated to helping students and schools
succeed. The organization partners with public schools in 28 high-need communities across the U.S. City Year
teams are made up of 18 to 24 year olds, who provide student, classroom, and whole school support, intended to
help students stay in school and on track to graduate high school. City Year is a member of the AmeriCorps
national service network, and is supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service, school district
partnerships, and private philanthropy from corporations, foundations and individuals. In New Orleans, City Year
deploys 51 City Year AmeriCorps members in 6 New Orleans schools: ARISE Academy, G.W. Carver Collegiate
Academy, and 4 FirstLine Schools: Arthur Ashe Charter School, Phillis Wheatley Community School, Samuel J.
Green Charter School, and Langston Hughes Academy.
GNO, Inc. NextGen Council is an initiative of GNO, Inc. designed to cultivate diverse and energized new
leadership, and introduce it to the organization and the region. The NextGen Council is composed of the “next
generation” of business and community leaders in Greater New Orleans, and supports the larger GNO, Inc.
organization in its key initiatives.
Hispanic Young Professionals of Louisiana (HYPLA)’s is a young professional affiliate group of the Hispanic
Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana. Its mission is to foster the development of the young Hispanic professionals’
community through networking, mentorship and educational resources.
Jefferson Chamber Young Professionals enhances opportunities for emerging civic and economic leaders
through community engagement, local initiatives, networking, and career development. The Jefferson Chamber
Young Professionals serves as the voice of the young people in Jefferson Parish.
JNOLA: Your Hub for Next Gen Jewish Life serves the Jewish Next Gen community in New Orleans (ages 21-
45) through a variety of programming including social engagement, professional networking, cultural, educational
and service opportunities, and development and philanthropy.
Teach for America – Greater New Orleans has been a thread in the fabric of Teach For America since the
organization began in 1990. The region's once small group of 30-45 corps members grew dramatically to 340 and
now is just under 200. These corps members are teaching pre-K through 12th grade in 72 schools across three
partner parishes. It is a testament to our region's vibrant culture and dynamic educational landscape that over 1,000 alumni remain in the region, with nearly 80 percent of them continuing their work in education. Our region's corps
members teach in traditional public and open-enrollment charter schools across Greater New Orleans and the
Urban League of Louisiana Young Professionals – Greater New Orleans Chapter – Also celebrating its 10-year
anniversary in 2018, NOLAYP is an Urban League of LA auxiliary of young professionals committed to promoting
and supporting the ideas and goals of the Urban League movement throughout the New Orleans area through
community outreach, fundraising and membership development.
Venture for America was founded because so many high-potential recent college grads were heading to only a
handful of cities, like New York or San Francisco, but not many were seeking opportunities in places like Cleveland,
New Orleans, or Pittsburgh. VFA is changing that by connecting Fellows with startup opportunities in cities across
the country. They live and work there, paired with more experienced entrepreneurs. They can learn alongside them
and help grow companies to create jobs and revitalize those communities. After their Fellowships are over, many
VFA alums choose to in New Orleans and call it home.
Young Leadership Council (YLC) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan civic organization created to develop leadership
through community projects. Through volunteer-created community projects, YLC recruits and retains young
professionals to Greater New Orleans, creating a positive impact on the quality of life in the region. Founded in
1986, YLC is the oldest independent young
Young Catholic Professionals (YCP) New Orleans consists of young adults in their 20s and 30s who seek to
grow both professionally and spiritually as they "Work in Witness for Christ". YCP New Orleans is an affiliate of the
national YCP ministry.