This original project enables high-risk youth to get a taste of working life, gain confidence and learn new skills. The aim is to reduce youth delinquency and strengthen social inclusion.
The Foundation has decided to support The Trafigura Work & Learn Center for another three years, building on the incredible progress it has made in inspiring young people and boosting their job prospects between 2013 and 2015. It remains that in New Orleans today, youth still struggles with high rates of unemployment and crime. More than half of New Orleans’ working age African American men are unemployed.
The Trafigura W&L Center, together with the Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) empowers 16-24-year-olds through hard and soft skill training, working alongside YEP staff on customer service, bicycle repair, digital design and computer coding. The Center’s ‘learning, working and earning’ approach develops life skills such as discipline, respect and punctuality. It increases self-esteem through the recognition, usefulness and ‘marketability’ of their work. The objective for the 2016-2018 period is to train 200 youths and coach them to obtain jobs afterwards: 40 training cohorts will be held, lasting six weeks each. Since the programme’s inception, nearly 40% of graduates have successfully transitioned into employment.