Updated: Dec 30, 2021
'Our Youth, This Summer'
Meeting Notes Prepared by Zoë Haddad (Walls Project)
Shanice Robinson (Program Director, BRidge Agency)
The BRidge Agency is turning five years old August 23
Exist to address the social drivers of crime - why are the kids doing what they’re doing and how do we address trauma
Service, empowerment, advocacy
Have served over 6,500 families to date
10 unique programs to address drivers of crime in our city including mental health and counseling
Mostly serve ages 6-13
Announcing summer enrichment programs today on social media
All about empowering youth and giving them a voice in their community, providing therapy and counseling if need be
Bridging the gap to make a better Baton Rouge
Janel Washington (Senior Program Coordinator, The Futures Fund)
Youth programing this summer starts June 7 with our partnership with MyWe servicing their youth as training and certification providers in coding and programming
8 week programming workshop with beginning skills of what it takes to get into coding, new technologies, and gauging interest to potentially continue into the full 18 month program with the possibility of future work study, mentorship, and certification (CIW IBC)
Fostering relationships with higher ed, job pipelines, and things of that nature
Adult coding program is offered to those graduating high school as well as out of school youth (OOSY) who don’t really know where they want to go next
Luckily an industry like coding is wide open - getting certifications help move you immediately into jobs
Next CBC cohort starts July 6, three different relays - Level I, Level II, Level III
Just like our youth program, they then get the IBC CIW certifications upon completion with access to those higher ed and job industry connections as well as internship, apprenticeship opportunities available
The main thing is assisting and driving down the unemployment number
Targeting the 10 parish region, North Baton Rouge, and specific areas proven to have a large digital gap caused by accessibility
Andrea Roberts (COO, BREC)
BREC summer camp will be back in full swing this summer
Regular recreation camps that go on at least three field trips every week, place throughout and outside the parish
Amazing opportunity for kids who may not otherwise have the chance to visit places like TopGolf, the Audubon Aquarium, etc.
Specialty summer camps at Bluebonnet Nature Swamp, Farr Park Equestrian Center, Independence Theater, and so on
Find out more here: playbook.brec.org
Helen Frink (Mayor-President Broome's Office)
Worked with the Mayor’s Youth Workforce Experience (MyWe) program for the past three going on four summers
Impact on individuals is amazing - we have someone getting hired into City Parish for a full time job after being with us for several years...brought him on as AmeriCorp and he’s now launching a full time career. We see that kind of thing a lot
Work very hard to bring in, train, and pay young people and continue following them into the workforce
Working to build a database of every young person we engage and make sure we are serving both them and their families with wraparound services to prepare them for the future
Lifting up and preparing young people is a major priority of Mayor Broome
Today (Friday May 7) is the last day we’re taking applications for our summer cohort but we do have year long opportunities for workforce development
We are placing 11th and 12th graders into host sites this summer. We’re prioritizing safety during the pandemic so our middle and 9th/10th graders are on a virtual training program. 11th and 12th grade host sites can do just about anything - identify a workplace mentor to have them doing anything from answering phones, filing, etc. Just reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org and I can connect to Big Buddy
Additional Summer Programs
Christian Engle (YMCA)
New CDC guidelines for summer camps are extremely restrictive. Several entities are advocating at the national office to get the guidelines alleviated. Right now they are mandating that kids are in masks 99.9% of the time even outdoors, requiring 6 feet of distance. Just want to put it out there for people to be aware of. YMCA camps are filling up quickly which is both a good and bad thing with the new guidelines. All of our pools are open, everything is moving as normal.
Our biggest thing right now is we are probably two steps away from entering the Early Childhood Education Programs. Nationally the YMCA is the largest provider of childcare services. Taking advantage of our brand and entering that world here soon.
Katherina McGraw (Empower 225)
This year we have capacity for 50 youth from 70805, 70806, 70802, etc. areas at the Dream Center and then 50 youth at the FISC center
8 day summer camp with 4 days in June and 4 in July
Provide them with life skills, field trips, encouragement, leadership, technology, tutoring, educational pieces...everything they need for the ‘21-22 school year
Email for more info: Info@empower225.org
Lindi Spalatin (McMains Foundations)
Capable Arts Program geared towards kids with developmental delays, not just McMains children, anyone can come
Only summer camp designed for that demographic and their siblings
Open to thirty people this year to make sure we keep everything safe
Arts camp, there’s a movement element, four day long camp in June
Finalizing the information, but the theme will be summer olympics this year
Our No Such Thing as Impossible Bike Ride is in two weeks, raises money for our Wheels to Succeed programs
Participate or come out to support our riders
Already raised over $40k to get bikes for kids with physical disabilities and developmental delays
10 mile, 40 mile, 70 mile ride
Emily Chatelain (Three O’ Clock Project)
Partnered with BREC, YMCA, and a few other programs to deliver meals every day to camps and field trip programs
Not yet confirmed what EBR Schools are planning but I believe they may be doing home deliveries, working to better understand what they’re doing so we can fill the gaps and not duplicate efforts
We’d like to see home delivery available again this summer in some way
If you need meals for your camps, please let me know.
Also, we are struggling to get enough food vendors to meet the need. We’re trying to figure out logistics and delivery. Partnering with several local restaurants. If you know of any restaurants or entities that would want to partner with us, let us know. This summer with camps opening up in person we have to be everywhere at the same time.
Kelly Welch (ExxonMobil)
In an effort to get some of our North BR youth into our facilities to see available career options, we are putting together a program for incoming seniors and graduating seniors to come work at the site
A pilot program, so only taking in about 6 students for this summer
Start in June and go through early August
The kids are going to shadow some of our specialists so they’ll get to see the different careers that they can build if they decide to pursue a trade
I will send out application info, we’ll have a Zoom call for parents on May 17, applications due May 21, Zoom or in person interviews
Good paying job for the summer
We will be asking for a teacher recommendation and to see a transcript but GPA is not a determining factor
Must be at least 16 with parental consent required under 18
Patrick Tuck (Louisiana 4-H Foundation)
Camp Grant Walker is not functioning this summer so about 6,000 kids will not travel to Fishville, LA to have that experience. There is a bill in the House right now that’s a check box - won’t be on this year’s, but if you want to donate on your state income tax next year you can. I’ve got several donors lined up but it just takes time. Multi-million dollar recovery effort recovering from Laura and Delta.
We have several summer traveling camps around the state. EBR is already full. OOSY Coalition had a session yesterday with a couple of internet providers - my personal hope is that the larger coalition work we’re doing with CPEX will help us centralize so we’re not building three or four different places to go to find youth opportunities on a year round basis. Excited about the potential progress there. Dr. Narcisse has said that that coalition will be a crucial part of what he does with OOSY programming.
Rhonda Robison (UpwardBound - Southern U)
Actively preparing for the summer session - run a six week summer camp on Southern’s campus
This year will actually be 100% virtual
Gearing up in academic courses and preparing for the upcoming school year
Working with Futures Fund Saturday sessions
Plan to engage in a STEM board partnership where students can learn a bit around cybersecurity, robotics, and sensor building
Year round program, work on Saturdays during the school year
Gwen Hamilton (NSBR)
Young Entrepreneurs Academy is accepting applications for the ‘21-22 cohort where they train young entrepreneurs grade 8-12 to form their own business from the bottom up with a dedicated mentor
Cohort of 30
Applications are online now
Let’s think about next year and work really hard to identify gaps in services. We’re all limited by space, personnel, and budget and we all feel that we’re not serving everybody. Let’s try to collect data from these wonderful programs so we will know where we’re not meeting the need. Families do not come in pieces - wraparound services are ideal, but kids have different interests and needs.
Reginald Brown (Gardere Initiative)
Summer program for kids ages 9-12, hire high school students through MyWe to be counselors
June 7 - July 28, M-TH
Also - our 15th year in Gardere so please join us as we begin our year of anniversary celebrations starting in June!
Edy Addison (CAUW)
Over the holidays a few funders and nonprofits that provide services to kids in schools got together to talk about the difficulty that providers were having working in school systems during the pandemic. Now going into our fourth convening of the Out of School Time Providers in Baton Rouge
One of our goals is providing collaborative summer opportunities so that youth providers can jointly recruit and provide programming
Looking for that in summer programming into the fall
Our next meeting is May 14 - we have four different working groups talking about community building, field building, cross site training, and summer collaborative programming
Email if interested: email@example.com
8:30:47 From Casey Phillips to Everyone:
08:39:25 From Tonnisha Ellis - BRAC to Everyone:
I want to share this info. Do you have a flyer for the adult program?
08:42:03 From Rev. Alexis Anderson to Everyone:
Are at risk youth prioritized for participation?
08:42:55 From Helen Frink - Mayor's Office to Everyone:
08:43:13 From Rev. Alexis Anderson to Everyone:
Since public transit is still so constrained and Lyft and Uber are not affordable for youth is there any effort to create work opportunities in low and no wealth communities?
08:44:03 From Helen Frink - Mayor's Office to Everyone:
As always if you are interested in more information about the program or engaging as as a host site or mentor, please send me a text or email firstname.lastname@example.org 225-427-5005
08:44:36 From Rev. Alexis Anderson to Everyone:
Can you provide information on what is required of a host site?
08:45:12 From Rev. Alexis Anderson to Everyone:
Will the horrible bill in the legislature impact BREC's programming?
08:46:31 From Andrea Roberts to Everyone:
It certainly may. We don't yet know how because the authors of the bill presented no plan for any of this.
08:46:35 From Helen Frink - Mayor's Office to Everyone:
Rev. Anderson, yes we target low income youth and ensure they are set up to be able to attend their worksite. This year our training program for middle school through 10th grade is a virtual training experience and we are also providing tech support to those that need it
08:47:07 From Andrea Roberts to Everyone:
BREC is still looking for summer staff as well. We have LOTS of open positions. Liberty Lagoon will be open this summer also!!
08:47:44 From Emily Chatelain to Everyone:
Fun Fact - I taught horse riding lessons while at LSU at the Farr Park BREC summer camp :) best job
08:47:47 From Christian Engle-YMCA of the Capital Area to Everyone:
As we talk about summer camps, everyone should be aware of the CDC's "newly" released guidelines for summer Camp. The new guidelines are extremely restrictive. Our national office is advocating for changes, but as of right now these guidelines should be very concerning for everyone.
08:47:50 From Andrea Roberts to Everyone:
brec.org/careers - we still need lifeguards, camp counselors, etc...
08:48:27 From Manny Patole (he/him | CCBR) to Everyone:
08:48:52 From Liz Smith to Everyone:
Dr. Smith's Eye Care is awesome. Thanks, Boo!
08:49:03 From Lindi Rubin Spalatin to Everyone:
In terms of Summer Camp, our Capable Arts Camp will be held this year on June 21-24. Only camp for kids with disabilities AND their siblings in the area. We'll be opening registration soon. IF you want more information please let me know.
08:49:04 From Rev. Alexis Anderson to Everyone:
That's such an important need!
08:49:19 From Shanice Robinson to Everyone:
Facebook The Bridge Agency
08:51:01 From Katherina McGraw- Empower225 to Everyone:
Empower 225 will be doing a summer camp as well 13-17 years old and we will be in two sites this summer at FYSC and at the Dream Center. If you need more information please email us at email@example.com
08:51:09 From Shanice Robinson to Everyone:
Call us at (225)238-7248
Questions or to volunteer: ADMIN@bridgeagencyinc.org
08:52:32 From Jen Tewell (she/her) to Everyone:
Grief Recovery will be announcing a kids grief camp for the summer - more info soon! We're also launching an adult peer support group "Living Well with Mental Illness" - for flyers/registration etc. email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
08:53:02 From Gwendolyn Hamilton to Everyone:
Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA) is accepting applications for the 21-22 cohort. You can learn more at yeabr.org. Students grades 8-12 are eligible to apply.
08:53:08 From Judith Rhodes to Everyone:
08:53:30 From Emanuel Boo Milton to Everyone:
email@example.com if you have any questions and ideas to collaborate in light of the “Brighter Future Program” making access to better optical health easier ..
08:53:54 From Helen Frink - Mayor's Office to Everyone:
If you are hosting summer camp/opportunities this year please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org, would love to promote to the youth we are unable to fit into our program this summer. Those emails will be going out over the next two weeks
08:54:45 From Helen Frink - Mayor's Office to Everyone:
Amazing Myra!! We are so excited for this event
08:55:06 From Walls Project to Everyone:
08:55:29 From Christian Engle-YMCA of the Capital Area to Everyone:
08:56:08 From Andrea Roberts to Everyone:
Thanks for sharing, Christian.
08:56:12 From Pat LeDuff to Everyone:
Scotlandville on the rise
08:56:52 From Rev. Alexis Anderson to Everyone:
Don't forget the amazing opportunities of our fabulous Library System.
08:57:09 From Edy Addison to Everyone:
If you’d like to join the Baton Rouge Out of School Program Convening please email me at email@example.com. Next meeting is May 14th at 10am.
08:58:33 From Kevin Guitterrez to Everyone:
Good morning and thanks to each of you for all that you do! I’d be happy to share any information that you’d like to get out to the charter school community. Simply email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
08:59:03 From Patrick Tuck 4-H (he/him) to Everyone:
Clearing house website for all youth opportunities progress? @edy I do have an update from yesterday's working group meeting.
08:59:32 From Rinaldi Jacobs Sr to Everyone:
All CPEX,Southern University and Scotlandville CDC are conducting a survey of residents and businesses. We are back on track for the Southern University/Scotlandville plan.
09:00:40 From WELCH, KELLY S to Everyone:
ExxonMobil is piloting a 6-8 week Summer Internship for NBR Highschool Graduating and Incoming Seniors! Application info. is going to NBR high schools today.
09:02:41 From Katherina McGraw- Empower225 to Everyone:
Empower 225 will have transportation as a case by case needed. It’s part of our application. Info@empower225.org
09:04:25 From Jen Tewell (she/her) to Everyone:
Headed to the next meeting, thanks y'all!
09:05:00 From Katherina McGraw- Empower225 to Everyone:
I have to step out to another meeting! Thank you for everything!
09:05:23 From Emanuel Boo Milton to Everyone:
09:06:08 From Liz Smith to Everyone:
CHANGEMAKERS application open now: https://forms.gle/Nu7ywVzQScrS5dLM7
09:08:16 From Edy Addison to Everyone:
09:09:13 From Shanice Robinson to Everyone:
Facebook The Bridge Agency
Call us at (225)238-7248
Questions or to volunteer: ADMIN@bridgeagencyinc.org
09:09:28 From Rev. Alexis Anderson to Everyone:
I wanted to know if the youth employment programs are going to pay living wage?
09:10:15 From WELCH, KELLY S to Everyone:
Hi Rev. Anderson our ExxonMobil Summer Intern Program will pay $18.75/hr
09:10:30 From Rev. Alexis Anderson to Everyone:
09:10:40 From WELCH, KELLY S to Everyone:
We are VERY excited! :)
09:10:56 From Futures Fund to Everyone:
If you all know anyone interested in learning more or participating in either of the Futures Fund programming opportunities for the youth, https://www.thewallsproject.org/futuresfund or adults, https://www.thewallsproject.org/codingbootcamp please follow the links from above. Also feel free to reach out to me at 225-434-0515 ext, 2 or email@example.com.
09:11:16 From Helen Frink - Mayor's Office to Everyone:
Kelly, can you email me that program information? I would like to elevate to our youth at those schools
09:11:44 From Rev. Alexis Anderson to Everyone:
Does anyone know if there is anyone planning to offer a driver education summer camp for young people?
09:11:51 From Kim Mosby (IWES) to Everyone:
The Institute of Women & Ethnic Studies works with schools, youth providers, and community-based organizations to facilitate a trauma-informed adolescent reproductive health education initiative that addresses reproductive health, mental health, & emotional wellness. The program is geared towards 11-15 yr olds. If you'd like more information, please reach out to me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Kala Rachal (email@example.com). The mental health modules can be offered separately from the rest of the reproductive health modules. - I have to run to my next meeting, but please reach out if you have questions.
09:12:18 From WELCH, KELLY S to Everyone:
Sure thing! The program and application info. is going to Scotlandville High, Istrouma High, Glen Oaks High, Cristo Rey and Southern Lab today!
09:13:16 From Patrick Tuck 4-H (he/him) to Everyone:
09:13:29 From Rinaldi Jacobs Sr to Everyone:
Senate Bill 227 creates a Plank Rd Economic Development District passed out of the Committee to full Senate
09:15:15 From Helen Frink - Mayor's Office to Everyone:
Our payment is stipend based, up to $1,200 based on grade level and participation, for 8 weeks.
09:15:29 From Patrick Tuck 4-H (he/him) to Everyone:
4-H Camp Grant Walker Bill HB362_Orgeron
09:15:45 From Rev. Alexis Anderson to Everyone:
Wanted remind everyone we have lots of animal rescues that always need volunteers.
09:15:50 From Manny Patole (he/him | CCBR) to Everyone:
I agree, there are other options. 4-year degrees are not for everyone. But skills training is a need for any one to move up the career ladders of many sectors.
09:17:14 From Rev. Alexis Anderson to Everyone:
Can everyone with volunteer and paying opportunities for youth please forward them to the Library Career Center.
09:17:25 From Shanice Robinson to Everyone:
09:17:44 From Rinaldi Jacobs Sr to Everyone:
09:18:41 From Rinaldi Jacobs Sr to Everyone:
This is the much needed survey for the Scotlandville SU
09:18:55 From Rinaldi Jacobs Sr to Everyone:
09:19:19 From Rev. Alexis Anderson to Everyone:
I saw a grief camp but I wondered with so many children having been impacted by COVID losses are any of the programming going to incorporate trauma processing?
09:19:31 From Helen Frink - Mayor's Office to Everyone:
I have a running list of about 4,000 youth and their parents, we are always pushing out information, so please send me any information you would like us to elevate on your behalf, year round!
09:20:19 From Rev. Alexis Anderson to Everyone:
The Bail Project Baton Rouge will be hosting a Mother's Day Bail Out Event on Saturday at the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.
09:20:20 From HAWF Team to Everyone:
If you haven't yet completed CAUW's Community Conversations survey, please take a few minutes of your day! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CAUWCC2021
09:20:21 From Christian Engle-YMCA of the Capital Area to Everyone:
We are partnering with several charter schools and the surrounding school districts on an "at no cost" tutoring program to help address "summer learning loss"...This is outside of our normal summer camp programs...
09:20:31 From Helen Frink - Mayor's Office to Everyone:
Yes Rev Anderson! A big part of our programming last summer and this summer is "Youth Voice" that is bringing in experts to talk about processing and also giving young people the chance to discuss their experiences and empower them to make a change in their lives and others
09:21:32 From Luke St. John to Everyone:
09:21:48 From Christian Engle-YMCA of the Capital Area to Everyone:
09:21:58 From HAWF Team to Everyone:
On the comment about grief camps, Center For Mind Body Medicine will be launching a year long training program which would provide a tool in serving anyone suffering from trauma, grief, etc. If interested in additional information contact me - firstname.lastname@example.org
09:21:59 From Christian Engle-YMCA of the Capital Area to Everyone:
Looking forward to our meeting St. John
09:22:21 From Luke St. John to Everyone:
@Christian, same sir.
09:22:43 From Helen Frink - Mayor's Office to Everyone:
The ICARE program is AMAZING!!
09:23:48 From Karla King - concerned citizen to Everyone:
Humanities Amped is wonderful!
09:24:01 From Rev. Alexis Anderson to Everyone:
Our Medicaid providers are good partners to bring health resources to summer programming.
09:24:15 From Emanuel Boo Milton to Everyone:
09:25:18 From Karla King - concerned citizen to Everyone:
Yes, thank you for speaking this Rev. Anderson.
09:25:59 From Rev. Alexis Anderson to Everyone:
It would be nice to get with LPB or one of the local television stations to host a special show showcasing all these opportunities.
09:29:10 From Perry Sholes to Everyone:
Happy Mother's Day everyone!!
09:29:35 From Katie Pritchett, United Way to Everyone:
Edy Addison: email@example.com
09:29:44 From Christian Engle-YMCA of the Capital Area to Everyone:
Great Meeting and Love the shared information!
09:29:56 From Rev. Alexis Anderson to Everyone:
Are any of the community garden programs having summer events or camps?
09:30:23 From Manny Patole (he/him | CCBR) to Everyone:
Yes, HAWF is AMAZING!!!
09:31:11 From Rev. Alexis Anderson to Everyone:
Federal taxes are due May 17th
09:32:07 From Gwendolyn Hamilton to Everyone:
I think the date of Louisiana Residents was changed for federal taxes.
09:32:26 From Reginald Brown to Everyone:
Mental Health - Story telling as healing - Leslie Grover, , Assisi House, firstname.lastname@example.org
09:33:16 From Rev. Alexis Anderson to Everyone:
09:33:17 From Katie Pritchett, United Way to Everyone:
Yes, @Gwen. We actually have until June 15th for federal and state taxes and payments due to the freeze "disaster".
09:34:03 From Casey Phillips to Everyone:
Reminder to the coalition, please add organizations that work with youth to our OneRouge database: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/12l5G8oUNRQERMZCci8_tSvwfFRchydg7QMaGu5n-K4s/edit?ts=60784c78#gid=1695042499
09:34:05 From Gwendolyn Hamilton to Everyone:
whew, I was about to panic
09:34:39 From Judith Rhodes to Everyone:
https://www.fns.usda.gov/sfsp/sfsp-fact-sheets This is info about the USDA Summer Food Service Program - free meals. This is a great camp resource.
09:34:59 From Casey Phillips to Everyone:
Thank you for sharing Judith.
09:36:29 From Liz Smith to Everyone:
Gotta run folks! Happy mother's day to all the moms on the call. See ya next week!
09:36:31 From Alfredo Cruz to Everyone:
Housing 1st Alliance housing study needs your help! please complete this survey and share it broadly.
The survey can be accessed online at https://go.uncg.edu/ebrphousing and takes about 15 minutes to complete.
09:38:50 From Helen Frink - Mayor's Office to Everyone:
Lindi include that info when you email me!
09:39:15 From Rev. Alexis Anderson to Everyone:
East Baton Rouge Parish Prison Reform Coalition's General Meeting is 3rd Thursday of the month @ 6:00 p.m. our Facebook page: EBRPPRC
09:39:26 From Lindi Rubin Spalatin to Everyone:
Will do. Thanks Helen.
09:39:27 From Helen Frink - Mayor's Office to Everyone:
09:39:34 From Futures Fund to Everyone:
Have a great weekend everyone!!
09:39:52 From Rev. Alexis Anderson to Everyone:
Does anyone have summer programs for non-English speaking and special needs youth?
09:40:28 From Emily Chatelain to Everyone:
email@example.com for summer meal partnership
09:40:56 From Rinaldi Jacobs Sr to Everyone:
yes I put it in Pat
09:41:34 From Rev. Alexis Anderson to Everyone:
09:41:40 From Emily Chatelain to Everyone:
Have a wonderful weekend all, Happy Mothers Day
09:43:06 From Helen Frink - Mayor's Office to Everyone:
Its not going to rain at all this weekend for the first time in over a month!!!
09:43:28 From Manny Patole (he/him | CCBR) to Everyone:
We do… it’s the situation in India.
09:43:32 From Rev. Alexis Anderson to Everyone:
LSU got a new president!
09:43:53 From Gwendolyn Hamilton to Everyone:
Now that's great news Helen!
09:44:08 From Rev. Alexis Anderson to Everyone:
This is graduation season!
09:44:15 From Patrick Tuck 4-H (he/him) to Everyone:
09:45:00 From Manny Patole (he/him | CCBR) to Everyone:
Casey: ASFS Conference and STIR Labs Summit
09:45:23 From Casey Phillips to Everyone:
Go for it Manny P
09:46:08 From Lindi Rubin Spalatin to Everyone:
Thank you all. I have to run to another meeting
09:46:31 From Patrick Tuck 4-H (he/him) to Everyone:
Thanks all -- headed to next meeting.
Liz Smith (BR Alliance for Students)
No summer offerings for youth but Changemakers applications are open and we will be accepting those all summer
Leadership development program focused on public education in Baton Rouge
Help folks engaged in the community to learn more about the education ecosystem
There’s a lot going on with the school system over the summer so we’ll be paying attention to what’s going on with the budget process, the federal funds slated to come to school districts, and they’re going to launch their strategic plan for final review in June which is something our community needs to pay attention to
Partnered with Walls Project, BREC, MetroMorphosis, the Mayor’s Office
Amazing lineup of people (including the Mayor!) from the Scotlandville community
Wonderful opportunity for Baton Rouge and Louisiana to represent a community that has historically been disenfranchised to share that story of resiliency
Press conference is going to happen in two weeks so you’ll see more flyers circulating soon
Both in person and virtual
Held at the BREC Greenwood Park
If anyone would like to be showcased or participate in any way, they are closing that on Wednesday. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for collaboration opportunities.
Providing free eye examinations for youth right now
Focusing on ages 6-12 but we have exceptions up to age 17
We provide glasses if needed
Eye screenings that happen at schools don’t catch everything - optical health is deeper than just the need for glasses
Email email@example.com to sign up
As for grief and mental health services - Always like to suggest Humanities Amped as a source for healing and mental check in for youth
Great at making healing a part of daily practice, fit into programming without feeling like you’re going off course...make it more natural and organic
Reverend Anderson (PREACH)
For those of us in the legislature, as the community opens up we’ll have opportunities to work with older youth on getting out here on everything from gerrymandering to voter engagement to civics education for the EBRP Prison Reform Coalition. We’re actually getting ready to open up our court watch training again
Targeting Baton Rouge City Court, an opportunity for high school students, whether it is the Power Coalition, VOTE, Capital Area Reentry, Connections for Life...all of us that work in the incarceration space are always looking for volunteers. Great way for incarceration-impacted youth to own their power
Wanted to invite everybody to the EBR Criminal Justice Coordinating Council Community meeting at the River Center Library May 11 at 6 at the Library
Everybody in our community is a part of our community
We cannot keep isolating criminal justice. We need as many community partners with community resources to be in these conversations about public safety
Want to encourage our youth providers to make time to come into that space, share resources and tools you have
Luke St. John (MetroMorphosis)
The Mayor’s office just relaunched the My Brother’s Keeper campaign
Initiative under the Obama Foundation dedicated to identifying and addressing the systemic and structural barriers impacting boys of color from city to city and state to state
Relaunched in April and have created a diverse steering committee of key stakeholders and folks impacted by these decisions and structures
Now forming action tables around local and national data and listening sessions which will be impactful around public safety, education, and workforce
In order for this to be effective, we need community involvement, the voice of folks who live in Baton Rouge and represent the interests of Baton Rouge
Created a three minute community feedback form that will allow the steering committee to craft strategies
Jan Ross (Huey and Angelina Wilson Foundation)
Center for Mind Body Medicine has been putting on webinars once a month since November on techniques of mind-body in addressing trauma with individuals and starting in June they will put on a year long program which is a train the trainer type model
Providing skill-building on techniques, adding to the tool box for those serving individuals whether it be through therapy or after school programs
When it comes to the Out of School Provider Coalition, just in convening the providers has been huge and has really taken off mainly because Dr. Narcisse recognized the benefit OOSY providers could create if they partnered with the schools. Contact Edy at United Way to get on the mailing list. Focuses are on summer programming as well as building the infrastructure of the OOS provider field along with training and other collaborative efforts
Alfredo Cruz (Foundation for Louisiana)
Link to our Housing Survey for the Housing First Alliance Report
Looking for more community input
Pat LeDuff (CADAV)
Master plan with Southern University has started, asking for feedback: survey here
Also, wanted to announce our partnership with BREC for our June 12th pre-Juneteenth celebration at Scotlandville Park at the Harding Blvd entrance
Concerning transportation for low and no wealth youth:
CATS is still on a limited schedule and both Uber and Lyft are not affordable for many young people
BRidge Agency will have transportation for youth unable to access transportation
Empower 225 will also be providing transportation on a case by case basis