Interim Site Director for New Orleans, LA

William Fields


Ext. 504

Services Sites in New Orleans, Louisiana



Boys Hope Girls Hope

BHGH is a residential academic program for at-risk youth in various cities across the country. In New Orleans there is both a girl’s house and a boys house. These houses accommodate up to 8 students (called scholars) in each and the participants range in age from 10 to 18. At each home there are four live-in staff members, including an NDA member that will serve as the Academic Success Coordinator at the girl’s house.


STEM Library Lab

Helping Teachers to Help Students: STEM Library Lab provides a resource share facility for science equipment and planning resources for teachers to enable inquiry-based hands-on learning and improve STEM outcomes throughout New Orleans classrooms.  This position is part time (20 hours a week). is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working toward the long-term recovery of New Orleans’ historic Lower Ninth Ward from Hurricane Katrina and the levee breaches of 2005. Our main goal is to support residents in rebuilding their storm damaged properties, but we also assist the community in other ways, helping with blight mapping, and any other neighborhood recovery initiatives.


FirstLine Schools

The role of the AmeriCorps Library Associate & Garden Educator is to support the library and teaching garden at Langston Hughes Academy. This split position works half time with students in the library and half-time in the school garden teaching garden class. In the library, the corps member will assist with book check out, keep bulletin boards up to date and aesthetically pleasing, and organize book returns and library materials. In the garden, the corps member will assist with preparation of supplies and the garden, lead a small group during garden class, manage middle school interns, and support with garden maintenance.


Edible School Yard (FirstLine Schools)

The role of the AmeriCorps Network Gardener & Volunteer Coordinators to support ESYNOLA garden teaching teams at multiple schools with physical gardening tasks. In collaboration with the program manager and the site gardener & greenhouse manager, the corps member ensures all ESYNOLA gardens are maintained according to ESY standards and that teams receive support with the management of weekly individual garden volunteers and volunteer groups. Garden duties include routine tasks like weeding, watering, turning beds and compost, planting, and harvesting to supply school harvest tables. On occasion, Saturday mornings are required to support community volunteer days and special events.


Next Level NOLA (NLN)

In the fall of 2020, Collegiate Academies  will launch a comprehensive college and career program for New Orleans public school students who have completed all high school requirements. Our fellows will gain the skills, self-efficacy, resources, networks, and experiences that position them to achieve their college, career and life goals. Fellows earn college credit, employment credentials, participate in community outreach and gain authentic field experience. We seek to multiply post-secondary options and increase economic mobility. In our program, rethinking the conventional wisdom about higher ed happens daily and watching students exceed their own expectations is the norm.


Chartwell Center

The Chartwell Center is a small New Orleans nonprofit organization. Our mission is to serve individuals with autism spectrum and related disorders by providing educational services and therapy, and by offering training and support to parents, teachers and other professionals. Founded in 1999 by concerned and dedicated parents, the school’s goal is to help its students not only survive, but thrive in the outside world.