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 seeks to assist young people ages 16-24, who primarily reside on the West Bank of Orleans and Jefferson parishes although we accept students from across Greater New Orleans, and who are not currently engaged with school or a job, to fulfill their potential and become future leaders in our communities.
They are motivated and eager to create a better life for themselves and their families by overcoming societal gaps and inequities that have historically held them back.
Café Hope is a nonprofit workforce training and life skills program for opportunity youth ages 16-24 that serves students across the Greater New Orleans region. 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 their community. Cafe Hope recognizes that instead of discounting opportunity youth it’s essential that we leverage their strengths and offer them options to enroll in workforce training and vocational programs that can lead to living wage jobs, a more skilled workforce, and a better economy while also removing barriers to success by increasing access to social supports that can help youth overcome poverty, poor health, transportation access, and homelessness.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
All young people, provided with the appropriate supports, can thrive.
All young people deserve supportive environments to help them grow.
Healthy 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.