Café Hope unlocks the potential in New Orleans’ young adults by providing them with pathways to professional and personal growth. By equipping students with workforce training , empowering them with life skills, and providing them with compassionate support and advocacy, we are building a stronger workforce, a more resilient community, and a better future.
WHO WE ARE
Café Hope supports young people ages 16 – 24 who primarily reside on the Westbank of New Orleans, a community that is isolated from the opportunities that can be found on the Eastbank of the City. The young people we serve are not currently engaged with school or a job, yet they desire to gain meaningful employment, care for their siblings, secure reliable transportation, gain confidence, and be active and engaged community members. They are motivated, eager, and driven to create better lives for themselves and their families.
Café Hope was established in 2010 with a goal to meet the needs of this population so they can further themselves along the path to self-sufficiency and have fulfilling futures as valuable and contributing members of our community. Instead of discounting our young people, Cafe Hope leverages their strengths and removes barriers to success. Through workforce training, life skills, job placement coordination, and increased access to social support services we are providing opportunities for our students to earn living wage jobs, improve their health, find permanent housing and transportation, and increase their overall well-being. Ultimately, this leads to a more skilled workforce and a better economy for our community.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
All young people, provided with the appropriate guidance, can thrive.
All young people deserve nurturing environments to help them learn and grow.
Strong communities are ones in which individuals care for and support one another.
Love and compassion are foundational components of creating healthy and productive individuals.
We uphold integrity to show mutual respect and understanding.
We emphasize empathy to center the experiences of those closest to our work — our clients, our community, and each other.
We bring authenticity to deepen connections and build relationships across lines of difference.
We embrace perseverance to find solutions to our most pressing challenges.
We value curiosity to continuously learn, iterate, and improve.