City Year

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Last school year, Louisiana set a state graduation rate record when over 70 percent of students graduated after their fourth year in high school. It marks the second consecutive year that the graduation rate has grown and we hope the trend continues.

But despite this promising news, thousands of kids still drop out of Louisiana schools each year. Finding ways to keep these children in school has proven to be difficult, but one organization is making a difference.

City Year provides tutors and mentors for 25 cities across the country and it recently kicked off it ninth school year in Baton Rouge. Its unique approach to providing academic and developmental support to struggling students has been extremely effective.

The four area schools City Year worked with last year all came off the state's academic unsatisfactory list. City Year is helping to create a brighter future for Baton Rouge students.

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