OneRouge Community Check-In - Week 55
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)
Senior Program Coordinator for the Futures Fund - the Tech Academy (youth) and Coding Boot Camp (adults)
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 email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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: