BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — An eight-week initiative aimed at reducing violence called “Summer of Hope” begins this upcoming Sunday.

According to Mayor Broome, the Summer of Hope includes community outreach and events to bring “hope directly to neighborhoods, streets and families that have experienced violence.”

“We know that community members feel because of idle time and lack of resources our city sees an increase in violence. I believe that Summer of Hope is a proactive way to mitigate and intervene as it relates to the impact of violence in our most vulnerable neighborhoods. My administration along with community organizations, local, and national partners are working together to address the root causes of violence head on by bringing culturally curated events directly to communities such as Zion City, Melrose East, Dixie, and more that we have identified as focus areas in partnership with Baton Rouge Police Department,” says Mayor Broome. “My vision for year community engagement will uplift collaboration in order to keep building concentrated synergy around violence reduction, while amplifying positive activities taking place right here in Baton Rouge.” 

Upcoming Summer of Hope events:

  • Memorial Weekend Music Festival and Concert — Sunday, May 29
  • Summer of Hope Launch Day — Monday, May 30 and Tuesday, May 31
  • Mayor’s Youth Workforce Experience — Ongoing
  • EBRPL Movie Night — Friday, June 3
  • 6th Annual Capital City Car Show — Saturday, June 4

Organizations interested in taking part in Summer of Hope can submit their event details online. Click here to submit an event.