Written by Suzie Nahach, AmeriCorps member proudly serving at Baton Rouge Bridge Academy.

On Thursday, September 14, the 2017-2018 City Year Baton Rouge teams gathered for its annual Red Jacket Ceremony. The red City Year bomber jacket is an important symbol within City Year. As Executive Director Ryann Denham said, “the red jacket is a symbol of idealism, but it also presents City Year Baton Rouge as one group of people united under a common purpose.”

As a recognition of the individual in the jacket, each corps member dedicated their jacket and year of service to a person or group of their choosing. While City Year is one organization, it is comprised of individuals with different experiences and perspectives. Below are some examples of whom our AmeriCorps members dedicated their jackets to:

  • My teenage self and/or my family
  • My students
  • The victims of Hurricane Harvey and Irma
  • My team that I am serving with

After the jacket dedication, a City Year alumnus and an AmeriCorps alumna addressed the City Year AmeriCorps members about their upcoming service year and offered advice on how to make the best of the year.

The Red Jacket Ceremony marks the official beginning of the City Year Baton Rouge’s Red Jacket weekend and continued through Saturday with our annual CYBR Family & Friends Day of Service.



Written by Laureanna Crump, Second Year AmeriCorps member proudly serving at the Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation at Kenwilworth Science & Technology School. 

Around 8:30 a.m. last Friday morning, I walked into a conference room to join a handful of my fellow City Year AmeriCorps members who were all patiently waiting to find out if they were a human arrow or a mingler. We were all equally thrilled to have been chosen to represent our respective school teams and anxious for the event to begin. At 9:45 a.m., one of the Impact Directors walked us to the event location and we all dispersed to find our duty posts. At 10: 15 a.m., the guests began to trickle in slowly. By 10:30 a.m., the room that had once echoed the clicking of our Executive Director’s heels was now filled with light conversation and harmonious tunes from the jazz band.

The actual program for the brunch lasted 30 minutes. Our Executive Director, Ryann Denham, opened the program with a welcome before introducing the  two speakers. Second Year AmeriCorps Member, Margret Craig, went first. She delivered a recount of her first year with City Year San Antonio and her decision to serve her second year in Baton Rouge. Margret was followed by Senior AmeriCorps Member, Jasmine Walker, who shared her touching story about being able to serve in a school she once attended. Before City Year Baton Rouge’s Advisory Board Chair, Laura Poché, gave the closing remarks, Mayor-President Sharon Weston-Broome took the microphone to remind us that, “You make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give to others.”

Being in the midst of our supporters and donors is always a wonderful opportunity, but there is something much more meaningful about being able to mingle with them outside of a fundraiser. It is important to remember to show your appreciation and gratitude, and that is exactly what City Year Baton Rouge did by hosting this brunch.


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