Prince Holmes and a volunteer inspect a brown wooden floor at a YRNO construction site

Volunteer

Build Hope. Learn LifeSkills. Make an Impact.
 

New Orleans Needs You!

We specialize in providing hands-on learning experiences to young people interested in learning about construction, leadership development, financial literacy, homeownership, and more. Whether you are looking for a fun and meaningful community service experience or an educational service learning opportunity we will work with you to customize the event.

Our projects vary in size and scope but do not require any trade skills. We are happy to accommodate local and out of state groups that are looking for a meaningful volunteer work experience. If you would like to volunteer with us or schedule a date please contact us for more information. 

A traditional day’s work can include the following: demolition, painting, landscaping, tiling, light construction, framing, sheet-rocking, floating, etc. The projects assigned are also determined by skill level. Though there are many ailing urban centers in the U.S., if you want non-bureaucratic, hands-on, volunteer work, New Orleans could use it.

All Inclusive Trips

We are pleased to offer all-inclusive service learning trips for groups of up to 30 people! YRNO works with groups who stay in our volunteer bunkhouse to plan experiential learning activities, museums, tours and meals.

A group of teens stands on the steps of a purple shot gun style home in New Orleans

Learn Life Skills

At YRNO, we prioritize educating and empowering youth to build hope for the future. We specialize in providing hands-on learning experiences to young people interested in learning about construction, leadership development, financial literacy, homeownership, and more. Whether you are looking for a fun and meaningful community service experience or an educational service learning opportunity, we will work with you to customize the experience.

Our projects vary in size and scope but do not require any trade skills. We are happy to accommodate local and out of state groups looking for a meaningful volunteer work experience. If you would like to volunteer with us or schedule a date please contact us for more information. 

A traditional day’s work can include the following: demolition, painting, landscaping, tiling, light construction, framing, sheet-rocking, floating, etc. The projects assigned are also determined by skill level. Though there are many urban centers in the U.S. that need support, if you want non-bureaucratic, hands-on, volunteer work, New Orleans could use your help and is ready to welcome you with open arms!

Financial Literacy

Building long term financial security for individuals and our communities requires financial literacy training, essential education that contemporary school systems do not always provide. From building credit & managing budgets to financing & maintaining homes, YRNO offers workshops, one-on-one training, and a variety of resources to support financial literacy in our community. Learning to create financial security builds the hope and confidence necessary to dream big for the future.

Mental Health

We care about the well-being of our community, near and far. YRNO provides mental health resources via contracted mental health professionals for our REbuild program participants and benefactors through mentorship and council.

 

For our program participants, we are a conversation facilitator and listening ear for real world issues they face on a daily basis. We host open discussions for youth to explore their own opinions and receive support, while providing a safe space to work and build lasting relationships.

 

Our homeownership assistance programming provides affordable housing to the true heroes of our neighborhoods including teachers, first responders, and medical workers - brave and generous professionals who need mental health support from their strenuous and important work.

Job Readiness

Working on a team to build a home from the ground up teaches more than construction skills. Communication, planning, and collaboration make up a huge part of how a project reaches successful completion. REbuild program participants and volunteers practice timeliness, professionalism, and attention to detail while working with others to construct affordable housing and build hope in New Orleans neighborhoods.

 

Guest speakers visit our team, local clubs, and REbuild program to share knowledge and experience from the working world, as well as expose youth to different career pathways.

Social Justice Awareness

Through all of our community engagements, YRNO strives to advocate for equity and raise awareness for social justice issues. From police brutality to green infrastructure to the polarity of our political system, we actively engage in conversations around equity online and in-person, in addition to our community service and outreach.

 

Beyond providing affordable homeownership opportunities, we advocate against gentrification within the community, on our blog, and in our partnerships. Through our financial literacy training, we help teach marginalized people how to fight against sanctions placed on their homes that might displace them.

Sex Education

YRNO often invites speakers from IPrevent and Volunteers of America SELA to give sex education seminars quarterly. Each seminar is based on informative, prevention, and best practice approaches. 

Jenna,
West Virginia

"I’m so blessed to have gotten the chance to work with you guys. I had a great experience and it’s something I’ll never forget."

Pamela,
Ohio

"What a memory…I hope to see you again next year, thank you so much."

Nicole,
Colorado

"My volunteer experience was amazing, and I learned many new things, such as operating power tools and drywalling.  It was very exciting to work at this site, gain knowledge of New Orleans, and help the community!"

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