In 2021, RNO launched an ambitious three-year strategic plan to bring its programming to the next level of impact for Opportunity Youth (OY) in the metro-New Orleans area. The plan is based on 20 years’ experience in creating positive outcomes for opportunity youth.
With the decimation of the hospitality industry during the pandemic, RNO has recognized the opportunities to explore and develop alternative employment pathways within its Intern model while maintaining an anchor as a training partner in the hospitality industry. These new career exploration pathways include connection to job training opportunities in high-wage, high-demand industry, upward career advancement, and connection to Community College including an on-site bridge course.
The plan also calls for advancing data-driven decisions, an enhanced youth-centered delivery model, as well as an innovative Externship program. RNO’s rigorous data tracking is not only informing and enhancing internal operations but also informing collaborations with local and statewide partner organizations working to improve conditions for OY including Youth Master Plan, the Aspen Functional Zero New Orleans Initiative, and the statewide Opportunity Youth Workforce Advocacy Coalition.