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Youth Rebuilding New Orleans

William Stoudt, surrounded by building materials, in a home he is helping to renovate

William Stoudt, a 2011 business and political science graduate, is the founder of Youth Rebuilding New Orleans, an organization that has been rebuilding homes for New Orleans' teachers since Hurricane Katrina.


Native New Orleanian William Stoudt was in high school when Hurricane Katrina devastated much of the city. He and his friends were eager to rebuild, but often were turned away because of their age. Undaunted, he founded Youth Rebuilding New Orleans, an organization that has been rebuilding homes for the city's teachers since 2006.

What started as a small group of friends gutting flooded homes has blossomed into a full-fledged nonprofit organization that buys, renovates and sells dilapidated homes to a specific group of individuals — educators.

"We focus on teachers because those were the people who were back in the city teaching students while living in trailers," says Stoudt. "Teachers make good neighbors."

Since graduating in May 2011, Stoudt has continued his relationship with Tulane. Youth Rebuilding New Orleans is a Center for Public Service community partner, offering service opportunities to Tulane students.

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