Power Tools for At Risk Youth provides guidance to high school students and young adults in Monroe.

In the heart of Monroe, Louisiana, a beacon of hope shines brightly for the youth of our community. Power Tools for At Risk Youth, Inc., a non-profit organization founded by Samantha and Robert Jordan, is dedicated to providing essential skills and guidance to local high school students and young adults who are at a crossroads in their lives.

As part of our Bayou View series, I had the opportunity to sit down with the Jordans at one their businesses, Jordan’s Automotive and Performance on North Stanley Avenue. Their story is not just one of personal success but also of giving back to a community that has supported their entrepreneurial journey.

Robert and Samantha Jordan’s commitment to the Monroe community shines through their multifaceted roles as educators, mentors, and lifelong learners. Robert, who describes himself as a workaholic, not only leads the Automotive Technology Program at Delta Community College but also manages several businesses. Even with such a packed schedule, he shows his dedication to Monroe’s youth by driving a school bus daily, a role he has valued for the past 27 years. In addition to his current pursuits, Robert is currently enrolled in the Criminal Justice program at Grambling State University and is close to earning his PhD in Theology.

Samantha’s educational journey is equally impressive. After receiving her Associate’s degree in Care and Development of Young Children from Louisiana Delta Community College and a Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Louisiana at Monroe, she is now pursuing a Master’s in Social Work at Walden University. Her role as both an educator and mental health professional, assisting students in achieving their high school equivalency, emphasizes the couple’s dedication to supporting the educational and personal development of young people in Monroe. Together, Robert and Samantha exemplify the impactful role that dedicated community involvement and continuous learning can have on a local level.

During our conversation, Samantha opened up about a deeply personal chapter of her life. At 19, she faced the profound loss of her mother, a pivotal and challenging moment for any young adult. It was during this vulnerable time that a mentor stepped forward, offering her unwavering support and guidance. This individual didn’t just help her navigate her immediate grief; they remained a steadfast presence, helping shape her path through the most formative years of her life. This experience of mentorship and support left a lasting impression on Samantha, fueling her passion to give back to others. Inspired by the kindness she was shown, Samantha, alongside Robert, is determined to offer the same level of support and mentorship to the youth of Monroe. They believe that by being there for these young individuals, they can help them navigate their own challenging times and guide them towards a brighter future.

The Jordans’ journey into mentorship began when they recognized a critical need in our community. They observed a troubling pattern among young adults: a lack of self-esteem, motivation, and the absence of positive mentorship and post-high school strategies. Responding to this urgent need, they made the decision to launch Power Tools for At Risk Youth, Inc., and offer several mentoring programs focusing on career development, networking, and entrepreneurial skills. Robert’s bridge program for automotive graduates, in particular, has successfully provided job security for hundreds, exemplifying the impact of targeted educational initiatives.

Bottom line, Power Tools for At Risk Youth’s mission is to help kids recognize their potential and equip them with the tools for success. They currently offer a range of programs, including Anti-bullying Workshops, Basic Life Skills, Customer Service Training, College Preparation Labs, Hands-on Technical Training, Financial Literacy, Internships, Resume and Professionalism Clinics, and Positive Developmental Skills.

And the results of their efforts are tangible. Power Tools for At Risk Youth has already assisted over 100 kids in the Monroe area. 2024 is set to be a landmark year for the organization, with a lineup of events aimed at further engaging and empowering local youth. Highlights include the Harmony & Heritage event celebrating Black history in February, a STEM program in March focusing on automotive repair, the 2nd Annual Empower her Steps event in April at the African American Museum, a Cultural Kentucky Derby in September, and the return of their popular Fall Festival in October.

The Jordans’ story is a testament to the power of community, education, and mentorship. Through Power Tools for At Risk Youth, they have created a nurturing environment where Monroe’s youth can find the guidance and tools they need to build successful futures. Their dedication to the community serves as an inspiring example of how individual efforts can lead to significant, positive change. As Monroe continues to grow and evolve, the impact of Power Tools for At Risk Youth will undoubtedly be a cornerstone of its community development.

Power Tools For At Risk Youth Inc.
111 N. Stanley Ave. Suite B, Monroe, La. 71201

318-737-1356 / 318-582-2032