ARC of Greater New Orleans, Alliance for Affordable Energy, the Old City Building Center, Mary Queen of Vietnam CDC, and the Sierra Club established the Louisiana Green Corps in May 2008 to provide green job skills training and service learning opportunities to 16-24 year old youth and young adults living in the Great New Orleans Area. Young people developed skills while completing restorative projects intended to help the region recover and rebuild after the devastation wrought by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. Louisiana Green Corps became a registered 501c3 non-profit organization in 2010 and continues to offer youth and young adults opportunities to learn and develop skills through construction and conservation projects that benefit the community and our environment.
Louisiana Green Corps provides environmental education and career building opportunities for people aspiring to improve their lives and our community.
The vision for Louisiana Green Corps is to be a social, environmental, and economic change agent for the region. Louisiana Green Corps will provide pathways to upward mobility and civic participation through operating a conservation corps that provides training and education services, advocacy and environmentally restorative projects in the community.
LA Green Corps trains participants in green job skills while helping them gain work adjustment skills, overcome social obstacles, secure a job, and identify resources to help them become successful, contributing members of the workforce. Ecologically sound restoration and revitalization projects prepare Corps members for entry into emerging green industries while galvanizing the local economy through the development of social enterprises. These enterprises create economic opportunity while meeting social and environmental needs.
- Equitable and inclusive employment for all people, including individuals with intellectual disabilities.
- Responsible environmental stewardship of resources- recycling building materials & promoting energy efficiency and conservation.
- Respect and integrity of local culture and community; finding community based solutions to local problems.
- Preservation of New Orleans neighborhoods and architectural heritage.
- Redemptive spirit of people; allowing and encouraging individuals to be greater than any court record.
- Commitment to community and service- promoting the Corps culture in the Greater New Orleans Area.
- Continuing training & education opportunities that bring people out of poverty.