We provide assistance with preparing for the G.E.D., as well as English as a Second Language (ESL) and Citizenship classes. ESL and Citizenship classes serve hundreds of adult learners each year, from more than 30 countries around the world. Classes are held at five sites throughout Orleans, Jefferson, and St. Tammany parishes. Both morning and evening classes are offered, and made possible with the dedication of hundreds of volunteers. Our ESL and Citizenship classes provide a key component to helping immigrants become independent, productive, and integral members of our society, and classes are open to those who have recently arrived as well as those who have been living in the United States for several years.
For more information on our G.E.D. and computer literacy classes, please call (504) 861-6349.
For more information on our ESL or Citizenship classes, or to explore opportunities to volunteer, please call (504) 722-5692.
Check out our Spring 2013 ESL & Citizenship class schedule:
After School Assembly
After School Assembly provides a safe, fun, educational environment for children K-8 from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm weekdays. In three locations throughout the New Orleans area, students receive help with homework, a snack, and have the opportunity to participate in dance, athletics and other enrichment activities. Counselors are at each location daily. There is a $25 registration fee. There is a sliding fee scale based upon residency and income determined at registration. The fee is from $0 – $4 per day.
Cafe Hope is an affiliated ministry of Catholic Charities that provides restaurant industry job-training skills and education for at-risk young adults.
Please visit www.cafehope.org for more information.
Head Start Centers
Head Start programs provide education, social services, and health screenings to infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Early Head Starts serve children ages 6 weeks to 3 years old, while Head Stars serve children 3 to 5 years old.
Leslie Early Head Start
2126 Constance Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Louise Head Start
1205 Louisiana Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70115
St. John the Baptist Head Start
1920 Clio Street
New Orleans, LA 70112
El Yo-Yo Head Start (bilingual) & El Yo-Yo Early Head Start (bilingual)
*MOVING TO NEW LOCATION FOR FALL 2013, Please stay tuned for updates!*
735 General Pershing Street
New Orleans, LA 70115
Incarnate Word Head Start
8326 Apricot Street
New Orleans, LA 70118
St. Mary of the Angels Head Start
St. Mary of the Angels Early Head Start
2225 Congress Street
New Orleans, LA 70117
Independent Living Skills Program
Independent Living Skills Program (ILSP) assists teens and young adults (14-21) to prepare for changes they will experience when they leave the State’s foster care and are living on their own. The aftercare program serves young adults (18-25) who continue to face the challenges of independent living. ILSP provides life skills classes and assessments, and through the Hope Chest Donation Center, assists clients to set up and maintain their first apartment or home.
Summer Witness operates camps located in the Greater New Orleans area during the summer, providing education, recreation, nutrition services, and a swimming program for children who would otherwise not have the opportunity.