Dawne Massey

commented on Timolynn Sams Sumter 2015-06-01 10:40:09 -0500
Hi Timolynn,

We are looking for local businesses and nonprofits interested in participating in The Renaissance Project’s 2nd Annual Regrowing Community Summer Youth Employment Program. The program runs for 6 weeks from June 15 – July 24, 2015, and all of the interns’ salaries are paid by The Renaissance Project. The youth will attend a two-day orientation program June 11-12.

Last year The Renaissance Project hosted 50 youth workers who worked 20 hours per week and earned $10 per hour. This year, we will increase the number of interns to 60, and provide them with paid, real-life work experiences. The 2015 interns will work 25 hours per week and receive $10 per hour. This is a great opportunity for a 14-20 year old youth worker to learn about local businesses and organizations.

Here is a link to an electronic application for interested businesses and organizations: https://therenaissanceprojectnola.wufoo.com/forms/2015-regrowing-community-summer-youth-program-host

Please give me a call on my cell at 504-390-6300 if you have any questions or if you would like to discuss the project further.



Timolynn Sams Sumter

Timolynn Sams Sumter is a New Orleans native and a graduate of the Southern University at New Orleans. Fourteen years of work with nonprofits -  including five years of advocacy work focusing on the minority community - led to Timolynn’s appointment as Executive Director of Neighborhoods Partnership Network (NPN) in July 2007.

Timolynn has been recognized for her outstanding service in civic processes by two New Orleans mayors. Former Mayor Nagin acknowledged her intense community engagement work during the city’s 30-year master planning process.  After the 2010 mayoral election, she served on then Mayor-Elect Mitch Landrieu’s Transition Team as the co-chair of the Social Innovation Taskforce where she helped lead a team of local entrepreneurs and community organizations in developing a set of recommendations that helped form Mayor Landrieu’s agenda.

Timolynn’s passion for the city has been featured in local, national and international news. Ms. Sams was recognized as an ambassador to the city of Kobe, Japan, where she served as a panelist exchanging information on lessons learned about the importance of community engagement for the sustainability of a city. She has been recognized as one of Utne Reader’s “50 People Changing the World.” 

Timolynn is a 2010 fellow of the Louisiana Effective Leadership Program, a Young Leadership Council 2010 Role Model recipient, and a 2012 Neighborhood Development Foundation leadership recipient.