BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The City of Baton Rouge and other community leaders are to hold a series of meetings in the coming weeks about ways to reduce crime in six North Baton Rouge communities.
These meetings will be held as part of a new federal grant program designed to reduce crime by helping a community reshape factors that contribute to criminal and illegal behavior.
Communities under discussion include North Baton Rouge, Istrouma, Midtown, Eden Park, Greenville Extension, Smiley Heights, and Melrose East. These communities have been renamed as "Hope Zones", and will receive assistance in the form of employment training, afterschool and summer youth programs, and leadership development and training opportunities.
Baton Rouge Community College's Acadian Thruway Campus located at 3250 N. Acadian Thruway E. will host the first meeting on Monday, March 07, at 6 p.m.
The program will offer a Work Readiness program to begin April 7, and a Blight Educational Workshop on April 12, both at the Martin Luther King Community Center on 400 Gus Young Avenue in Baton Rouge.
Hope Zone Outreach teams are encouraging all community leaders, residence, and organizations to attend upcoming Family Fun Nights:
Tuesday, March 22, at 5 p.m. at the Friendship Capitol High School on 1000 N. 23rd St, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Monday, March 28, at 4 p.m. at Saia Park, 855 North Donmoor Ave., Baton Rouge, La 70815
Wednesday, March 30 at 4 p.m. at Gus Young Park, 4200 Gus Young Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70802