AT&T has given the nonprofit City Year $250,000 to expand its service to Broadmoor High School, its first high school in the Capital City.

The nonprofit group, which first came to Baton Rouge in 2005, pays young people to work with kids potentially at risk of dropping out of school. The addition of Broadmoor High is part of an expansion that is allowing City Year to grow from seven to 11 Baton Rouge schools for the 2016-17 school year.

City Year celebrated the nonprofit’s expansion in Baton Rouge on Wednesday morning with a ceremony at Broadmoor High School along with representatives from AT&T. City Year is one one of 18 recipients nationwide sharing in $10 million from AT&T through the telecommunication giant's Aspire Connect to Success Competition. The grant lasts for two years.

Eight City Year corps members are now working at Broadmoor High. The organization has long had a presence at the nearby feeder school, Broadmoor Middle.

“AT&T’s generous investment allowed us to expand into a high school environment and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to follow our students from Broadmoor Middle to ensure a successful transition into ninth grade,” City Year Baton Rouge’s Executive Director Ryann Denham said.

The Boston-based City Year was formed in 1988 and is part of the AmeriCorps national service network.

City Year also added four independent charters schools in Baton Rouge this year to its network: Celerity Dalton and Celerity Lanier schools, as well as Democracy Prep and Kenilworth Science and Technology Charter School. Charter schools are public school run by private organization via contracts, or charters.

Juliette Rocheleau, a City Year spokeswoman, said the expansion to the charter schools was funded by a mix of private fundraising, increased AmeriCorps funding and support from the schools themselves.

The other City Year-served schools in Baton Rouge are Claiborne, Melrose and Merrydale elementary schools, as well as Capitol Middle School.

Winbourne Elementary is no longer using City Year. Rocheleau said the school’s principal had other help available for Winbourne and encouraged City Year to redistribute our AmeriCorps members to schools with less available help.


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