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.

2023-24 Programming Schedule*

  • Class Announcement Breakfast – August 23, 2023
  • Data Deep Dive: School Performance History and Data – September 27, 2023
  • North School Tours Session – October 18, 2023
  • South School Tours Session – November 15, 2024
  • Louisiana Statewide Perspective – January 17, 2024
  • Education as a Civil Right – February 28, 2024
  • Out of  State: City Visit – March 4, 2024 (travel and accommodations included) 
  • School Board Roundtable – April 17, 2024
  • Exploration of Future Opportunities Closing Breakfast- May 15, 2024

*Dates are subject to change


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Applications for CHANGEMAKERS Education Leadership Class Now Open

Baton Rouge Alliance for Students open applications for CHANGEMAKERS, an 8-month education leadership cohort supporting equity in education.

ChangeMakers group photo from tour


The CHANGEMAKERS had the opportunity to tour Parkview Baptist, BASIS Materra, and Woodlawn High School.