After three years of making year-to-year grants, Entergy on Wednesday committed to four more years of support for the nonprofit City Year with a $333,333 grant to continue the organization’s work at Broadmoor Middle School.
The utility giant handed the check to City Year leaders Wednesday afternoon at the middle school, which was celebrating students who made the honor roll and showed perfect attendance.
“Entergy Louisiana believes in the power of young people and the transformational impact AmeriCorps members are making in the lives of students as well as the entire Baton Rouge community,” Phillip May, Entergy Louisiana president and chief executive officer, said in a statement. “I sincerely believe this community needs even more City Year AmeriCorps members, and Entergy Louisiana is determined to make that happen.”
City Year came to Baton Rouge in the wake of 2005’s Hurricane Katrina and the nonprofit recently celebrated its 10th anniversary at the State Capitol. The organization has 72 AmeriCorps members working at seven schools in the Baton Rouge area.
They work to improve attendance, behavior and how students do in class through tutoring and one-on-one mentoring, with the goal of helping them earn high school diplomas but also preparing them for success in college and in their careers.
“We are fortunate to have Entergy Louisiana as one of our steadfast community champions,” said Ryann Denham Sanchez, City Year Baton Rouge’s executive director. “Their commitment to our organization ensures City Year AmeriCorps members are here to serve and here to stay in Baton Rouge.”