BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – One group is trying to create more leaders in business, education, and other industries. Data shows thousands of minorities across the country do not have certain access. That number is even lower in Louisiana.

It’s called LEAD Louisiana and their goal is to create more black professionals which they say is so desperately needed in our communities, in the state, and in the world. They are recruiting their second class which is set to start in September of this year.

LEAD Louisiana’s goal is to add more minority professionals to politics, education, and healthcare, regardless of background. Those who participate in the class get the chance to be exposed to business, political leaders, and more. All to encourage economic support in the community. “We try to bring all of those resources, all those individuals together and give them a platform to get their message to the powers that be. Take that message to the community, to take it through to their local school board, the city council, the Louisiana legislature, boards and commissions that make decisions about things that affect their lives every day. The skill sets that I learned in Louisiana can be used in the state of Louisiana, in the United States, and indeed the world,” explained executive director, Chris Williams.

Classes are every second weekend of each month. They vary from seminars and hands-on experience to educate, motivate and encourage participants to serve local communities. The deadline to register is June 30.

Williams also tells me there are scholarships for those in need. If you are interested in enrolling you can click, here.