Mayor-President Broome, partners launch Baton Rouge Resident Leader Academy

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome, the Mid City Redevelopment Alliance and Build Baton Rouge have partnered to launch the Baton Rouge Resident Leader Academy, a program that aims to improve the quality of life for East Baton Rouge Parish residents.

BR-RLA will be held during half-day sessions on Saturdays from June 5 to July 31.

The program will consist of team building, onsite training, networking and a year-long action project. Participants will be trained in project planning, community development, community pride and involvement projects, leading meetings, grant writing and marketing and communications. These lessons come from the NeighborWorks America curriculum, according to the mayor’s office.

If four or five residents from the same neighborhood graduate from the program, they will be eligible for a $2,500 grant to for a year-long improvement project.

“Everyone deserves to live in a safe, hopeful neighborhood,” Broome said. “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.”

The deadline to apply is May 23. Click here to access the application.

Residents of all East Baton Rouge Parish neighborhoods can apply, but priority will be given to those living in communities that the mayor’s office deems underserved, including Scotlandville, Dixie, Gardere, Old South Baton Rouge, and Eden Park. 

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