YouthForce Internship (YFI), a partnership between Educate Now!, The City of New Orleans, and Juma Ventures, provides 60 hours of paid soft skills and business etiquette training followed by 90 hours of paid work experience with a local employer to rising juniors and seniors from eight participating high schools. Students are placed with employers in one of three high-wage, high-demand fields: bio/health, digital media/tech, and skilled crafts. Piloted last summer with 17 students and 12 employers, YFI scaled this summer to 61 students and 34 employers. Three of the participating employers have offered their interns continued employment through the fall.
Special thanks to Bloomberg Philanthropies, The City of New Orleans, JPMorgan Chase, United Way of Southeast Louisiana, and The WK Kellogg Foundation. This program would not be possible without their generous support.
We would like to also take this opportunity to thank our employer partners and congratulate our YFI students on the successful completion of their internships:
The state has released ACT and End of Course Test results for 2015-16. The results are disappointing and mark a pause in the steady progress we’ve made toward closing the gap with the state average.
- The average ACT Composite score for New Orleans (OPSB + RSD) remained flat at 18.8, while the state average improved slightly from 19.4 to 19.5. New Orleans’ district rank fell from 36th to 37th out of 69 parishes.
- The percent of students scoring 20 or higher on the ACT (a requirement for TOPS 4-year scholarships) fell from 38% to 35%. The state average remained flat at 45%.
- The percent of students scoring Excellent or Good on End of Course Tests (EOCs), fell from 61% to 58%. The state average remained flat at 62%.
The good news:
- New Orleans outperformed most other high-poverty districts (more than 75% economically disadvantaged students) on both the ACT and EOCs. Looking at the percent of seniors scoring 18 or higher on the ACT, only three high-poverty districts performed better than New Orleans – St. Bernard, Jefferson and Catahoula. Looking at the percent scoring Excellent or Good on the EOCs, only 2 high-poverty districts performed better – St. Bernard and Jefferson.
- Black students in New Orleans outperformed the national and state averages for black students, with a local ACT Composite score of 17.8, compared to 17.1 nationally1 and 17.4 for the state.
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OPSB Elections and the Return of Schools
Qualifying for the School Board elections in November ended today:
- Two incumbents are re-elected without opposition: John Brown in District 1 and Sarah Usdin in District 3.
- One incumbent, Seth Bloom from District 5, is not seeking re-election. Two people qualified for his seat, Ben Kleban, founder of New Orleans College Prep, and Eldon “El” Anderson, who is in the music promotion business.
- In District 2, Ethan Ashley, an executive with the Urban League, is challenging incumbent Cynthia Cade.
- In District 4, incumbent Leslie Ellison has two challengers: attorney Morris Reed, Jr and Walter Umrani.
- In District 6, David Alvarez is challenging incumbent Woody Koppel.
- In District 7, incumbent Nolan Marshall also faces two challengers: Kwame Smith, who ran for the seat in 2012, and Alvin Crusto, Jr.
There’s a lot at stake in this election because with the passage of Act 91 the school board we elect this fall will set the tone for how this newly unified school district will operate.