BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Metropolitan Councilwoman Chauna Banks hosted a college and career event for families in Baton Rouge to help them access much-needed resources.

Banks hosted her annual Annual K-12 College and Career Community Day at the Jewel J. Newman Community Center on Saturday. The event was family-friendly to help students, parents, people looking for jobs, vendors and employers connect with each other. The event also had giveaways for families starting the school year.

Resources help parents to navigate to get their needs met especially family needs, not just to students but we are here today to help the whole family,” said Angela Carter, one of the event contributors.

Some of Baton Rouge’s most underprivileged communities lack resources like health care, job opportunities and educational development. Banks is one of many city leaders working to change that dynamic.

 The event had over 15 different health vendors, drug prevention services and a listing of local career opportunities.

There is so much wealth in this building today healthcare, education, voting, so many different types of information that are local here in Baton Rouge that parents aren’t aware of and become aware of because of this event thanks to councilwomen banks,” said Carter.

Haircuts were provided by Ray J’s Barber Shop and some small businesses got the opportunity to showcase and sell some of their items. Tamara Smith is the Legislative Aid for Banks. She said the community responds better when they have support.

I know the school year can be hectic and the school system does as much as they can, but we just wanted to have a bunch of vendors come out. We have one vendor that’s explaining to them the importance of sun screening and eating right so it’s just so important to expose them to as much as possible,” said Smith.