Learning on Site: Partnering With Job Corps
A Habitat build site is an excellent place to learn. Through NOAHH’s partnership with Job Corps of New Orleans, the affiliate provides training opportunities to local students.Job Corps of New Orleans empowers eligible young adults by teaching them job skills and independence, placing them in meaningful employment or further education, including apprenticeships and advanced training programs. Many of their carpentry students train on Habitat sites.
The partnership began in 2006 and has continued to grow since. NOAHH’s volunteer experience allows Job Corps carpentry students to gain valuable work experience and allows them to apply the skills they learned in the classroom. Habitat staff are there to guide and assist them on site, providing the students with professional training.
In fall 2016, this local partnership emphasized how one person’s work could impact their own community. Job Corps students had the opportunity to help NOAHH in our flood relief efforts as well as with our home-building work. To Job Corps, this made the partnership unique.
“New Orleans Job Corps students are always reinvigorated following a day working with New Orleans Habitat for Humanity,” said Randy Savoie, the Business and Community Liaison at New Orleans Job Corps Center. “They speak of the confidence gained by the practical application of skills learned in the classroom, new skills learned from Habitat mentors, and of the sense of gratification derived from helping improve neighborhoods where they themselves reside.”
Working with volunteers on site allows students to learn more than construction skills. Working together with others outside of their classes helps them learn teamwork and how to adapt in a new environment.
“It gives us the sense that our students have come to appreciate the value of teamwork on deadline and have had the opportunity to learn about other cultures while working with Habitat volunteers from across the country,” said