Love Our Community Summer Youth Employment Program
In 2013, Mayor-President Melvin L. “Kip” Holden created Love Our Community, an environmental stewardship and neighborhood revitalization summer youth employment program as a way to allow youth ages 14-17, the opportunity to earn income while completing work that benefits themselves, the environment and the community. This experience gives them an opportunity to not only engage in real world work experiences but also provides them with multiple educational and professional development opportunities that set the foundation for future employment and academic success.
The adolescent years are critical times for engaging young people in meaningful activities that help develop valuable skills and knowledge that will benefit them for the rest of their lives. The program engages youth in hands-on environmental stewardship projects and introduces them to the environmental issues that impact their quality of life. Additionally, the program allows them to be change agents by developing and leading projects that will make a difference in their communities.
In keeping with Mayor Holden’s high-impact service plan, BR Proud and Love Your Block neighborhood revitalization volunteer initiative, the Love Our Community Summer Youth Employment Program creates a sense of pride and ownership because the youth played an active role in making their community a better place to live, work and play.
The 4-week program employs youth from across East Baton Rouge Parish in teams under the supervision of the City-Parish staff and part-time team supervisors to work on community projects such as:
• Maintaining trees, shrubs, gardens and green spaces
• Various environmental stewardship projects
• Fighting blight through mural arts and community gardens
• Promoting sustainability
Team supervisors work to cultivate a positive work ethic in the youth that trains them to be responsible and dedicated workers by mentoring them to stress the importance of staying in school, preparing for life beyond high school and giving back to their communities.
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