BR takes new approach to reduce violence in high-crime areas
BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - The city of Baton Rouge is taking an innovative approach against crime by offering education.
The Lowering Incidents of Violence through Education program will allow several teens the opportunity to earn a variety of job skills. It is a partnership between Baton Rouge Community College, District 5 Councilman Darryl Hurst, and the CEASE FIRE organization.
The L.I.V.E program launched on Friday, Aug. 26, at the Cadillac Street Park in Baton Rouge.
“We believe that education equals income, which equals outcome, and if we want to change north Baton Rouge, we have to change our median income and it starts right here in our career program by allowing this community to make the uneducated educated,” said Metro Councilman Darryl Hurst.
Organizers say this is a way to remove the word under-served from communities.
“I just think everybody needs to come sign up for school, get back in school, do something with yourself, better yourself,” said Daylajasha Banks. “You don’t have to be a statistic. You don’t have to be what they label us as.”
Individuals can get a taste of the college experience with or without a high school diploma.
“What will happen is, they will earn a HISET degree while they’re there to make sure that they are employable. In addition, we will do expungements to make sure that their background does not define their future,” explained Hurst.
City leaders and community members say this is a pilot program but they are hoping it will be a stepping stone to creating better futures.
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