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 so that they can effectively share knowledge with others.

The eight-month program provides class members will deepen 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.

2022-23 Programming Schedule*

  • Class Announcement Breakfast – August 31, 2022
  • Data Deep Dive: School Performance History and Data – September 21, 2022
  • School Tours Session – October 19, 2022
  • School Tours Session – November 16, 2022
  • Louisiana Statewide Perspective – January 18, 2023
  • Education as a Civil Right – February 2023
  • School Board Roundtable – March 15, 2023
  • Out of  State: City Visit – April 17, 2023 – April 19, 2023 (travel and accommodations included) 
  • Exploration of Future Opportunities Closing Breakfast- May 17, 2023

*Dates are subject to change

Applications Now Closed

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2022-23 CHANGEMAKERS class. Stay tuned for our announcement on August 31, 2022.