Baton Rouge’s BRAVE program will present a free day of fun to help youth prepare to return to school.

This back-to-school festival will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Family and Youth Service Center, 1120 Government St., Baton Rouge.

The focus of the BRAVE festival is to inform students and their parents about community resources at the family center to help them achieve success in school and at home.

The festival will focus on physical activities, crafts and games that use skills from the classroom to engage and educate students.

Stations will be divided to target younger and older students with different activities, and teens are encouraged to attend the Teen Summit held in the family center gymnasium from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for more age-appropriate activities.

To encourage participation, free backpacks filled with school supplies will be given to the first 500 attendees who preregister online and complete all activity stations at the event. To preregister, visit

BRAVE seeks to discourage youth violence and encourage positive lifestyles by increasing awareness of free resources available to East Baton Rouge Parish residents, a news release said.