Choice Neighborhood


Choice Neighborhood Initiative is a collaborative effort to revitalize the Allendale, Ledbetter Heights and West Edge Neighborhoods and create a safe, thriving and mixed-income community.


Volunteers of America is the lead agency for all supportive services.



  • Partner with neighborhood early learning centers to ensure young Choice Neighborhood children are ready for kindergarten. 
  • Work with Communities In Schools and LightHouse after-school program to ensure children have academic support to perform at or above grade level. 
  • Help high school students develop a plan for college or careers.
  • Community organizations will bring life skills and cultural opportunities to youth. 
  • Connect adults to GED preparation and higher education. 


  • Workforce training and job placement in high-demand employment sectors, such as culinary and health care.
  • Career training services associated with the Milam Street Kitchen Incubator and Culinary Kitchen.
  • Create opportunities to both launch and nature small businesses. 
  • Connect unemployed residents to soft skills, interview and other job readiness training that will prepare them for work.
  • Help families reach financial stability through education in budgeting and banking.
  • Youth may be able to access summer jobs through the city’s workforce program.

Health Care

  • Working with clinics to ensure each resident has a medical home.
  • Basic health care and screenings for chronic health issues, such as high blood pressure and diabetes. 
  • Prevention education programs including nutrition and smoking cessation.
  • Behavioral health services, both in the community and in the schools. 

For more information, call 1-318-603-3374 or email


Funding Partners

 Proud partner of the City of Shreveport and the Housing Authority of the City of Shreveport.