Program Overview

CHANGEMAKERS aims to empower Baton Rouge community leaders from various constituencies with the knowledge and skills to address complex education issues and to work together to ensure equitable access to an excellent school for every student in our community. CHANGEMAKERS will work with participants to heighten awareness and understanding of current and future issues of importance facing education in Baton Rouge. Leaders will be empowered with a deep understanding of the educational challenges and opportunities facing Baton Rouge to share knowledge with others effectively.

The ten-month program provides class members with a deep understanding of the education ecosystem through exposure to current and future issues impacting education in our city. The program includes monthly discussion sessions, school tours, city visits, and other activities. There is no cost to apply or participate.

Application Process

Applicants from all segments of the community are encouraged to participate. The ideal class will include individuals with varied educational and cultural backgrounds who live across the community. Class size is limited. Applicants who have been selected to participate will be notified by email.

2024-25 Programming Schedule*

  • Class Announcement Breakfast – August 21, 2024
  • Data Deep Dive – September 18, 2024
  • North Baton Rouge School Tours Session – October 16, 2024
  • South Baton Rouge School Tours Session – November 20, 2024
  • Holiday Mixer – December 10, 2024
  • Louisiana Statewide Perspective – January 22, 2025
  • Education as a Civil Right – February 26, 2025
  • Out of State: City Visit – March 17-19, 2025 (travel and accommodations included) 
  • School Board Roundtable – April 16, 2025
  • Closing Breakfast – May 21, 2025

*Dates are subject to change

June 14, 2024

August 2, 2024


Baton Rouge Alliance for Students Announces 2023-24 CHANGEMAKERS

The Baton Rouge Alliance for Students today announced the selection of twenty-nine participants for its new class of CHANGEMAKERS, who will become education advocates and leaders in Baton Rouge.
Representing the corporate, nonprofit, and public sectors, the CHANGEMAKERS will collaborate with local education leaders over a ten-month period. The selected individuals will engage in an in-depth exploration of the Baton Rouge education ecosystem, visiting local schools and interacting with national and local education policymakers. Their work will focus on understanding and addressing key issues facing the city’s K-12 education landscape.
The following participants have been selected for the 2023-24 CHANGEMAKERS class:

  • Renee Antoine
  • Dave Baxter
  • Courtney Bell
  • Danielle Brown
  • Chelsea Brumfield 
  • Eboni Buchanan
  • Hunter Chauvin
  • Lizzie Cosse
  • Rory Denicola
  • Adrian Deschamp
  • Brandon Dumas
  • Donald Dunbar, Jr.
  • Crystal Ellis
  • Brad French
  • Amos Gibson
  • Melvin Hollins
  • Justin Hutchinson
  • DeJunne’ Clark Jackson
  • Anna Johnson
  • Nick Miller
  • Patrick Mulhearn 
  • Antoinette Patterson
  • Katie Pryor
  • Luz Randolph
  • Jeremy Robicheaux
  • Cory Stewart
  • Leslie Triche 
  • Amanda Vincent
  • Chloe Wiley

The CHANGEMAKERS program supports the Baton Rouge Alliance for Students’ core values of empowering families, elevating community, and engaging leaders. The CHANGEMAKERS program reflects the organization’s commitment to unlocking each child’s potential and strengthening Baton Rouge’s education system.
For more information about the Baton Rouge Alliance for Students or the CHANGEMAKERS program, please visit BRAlliance.org/change

Baton Rouge Alliance for Students Launches Applications for CHANGEMAKERS Program

Baton Rouge Alliance for Students announces the opening of applications for the newest cohort of CHANGEMAKERS.

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Baton Rouge Alliance for Students Announces 2022-23 CHANGEMAKERS

The Baton Rouge Alliance for Students announced the 2022-23 class of CHANGEMAKERS, Wednesday morning.

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