Baton Rouge, La. — May 10, 2021 — Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome along with Mid City Redevelopment Alliance and Build Baton Rouge have partnered to launch the Baton Rouge Resident Leader Academy (BR-RLA). The mission of BR-RLA is to educate, inspire, and empower residents with the necessary tools to effect the change residents want to see.
“Everyone deserves to live in a safe, hopeful neighborhood,” said Mayor Broome. “This program will allow local residents to learn from national and local leaders about how to make a difference in your neighborhood. I encourage all who can to apply to join the Resident Lead Academy.”
INFORMATION ON THE PROGRAM:
The Baton Rouge Resident Leader Academy will be held during half-day sessions on Saturdays from June 5-July 31. The deadline to apply is May 23.
The goal of the program is to sustainably improve the quality of life for all East Baton Rouge Parish residents. Partners with the Safe Hopeful Neighborhoods initiative believe Baton Rouge needs great ideas and great community leaders to ensure all neighborhoods are safe, hopeful and healthy. This academy is created to educate, inspire, and empower residents with the necessary tools to lead the changes they want to see.
The Resident Leader Academy experience will consist of team building, onsite training, networking, and a yearlong action project. Trainings will be based on the nationally recognized NeighborWorks America curriculum and topics include Project Planning, Project Management, Community Development, Community Pride & Improvement Projects, Leading Great Meetings, Marketing and Communications, and Grant Writing. If four to five residents from a neighborhood graduate from the academy, they will be eligible for a $2,500 grant to support the implementation of a year-long improvement project.
HOW TO APPLY
While residents from all neighborhoods within East Baton Rouge Parish are encouraged to apply to this program, the Resident Leader Academy will prioritize serving underserved communities like Scotlandville, Dixie, Gardere, Old South Baton Rouge, and Eden Park.
The Application is available at http://safehopefulneighborhoods.com/academy.
Apply through our Safe Hopeful Neighborhoods website. If organizations are interested in more information or copies of the application please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.