This week, City Year Baton Rouge hosted their annual Executives for Education breakfast to discuss the relationship between the public and private sectors. The morning opened with Tavidee Hoskins, Senior AmeriCorps member serving on the Lamar Advertising Company team at Melrose Elementary School and silver tongued wordsmith, sharing experiences from both his first and second years with City Year and as a result, his commitment to becoming a teacher.
Moderated by Gwen Hamilton, Director of Community Affairs for New Schools Baton Rouge and Interim CEO for East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority, the morning progressed with dialogue between Mrs. Hamilton and experts on Corporate Social Responisibility. Our experts included Preston Castille, Partner at Taylor Porter, Coletta Barrett, Vice President of Mission at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, Jeff Lynn, Executive Director of Workforce Development Programs at Louisiana Economic Development, and Theo Richards, Business Development manager at Capital Area Transit System and proud AmeriCorps alumnus. Special thank you to our moderator and speakers, and to Juban's Restaurant for hosting a great event.
Theo Richards and Gwen Hamilton spoke about the need to serve your community at all stages of life. "We're not going to fix this community one agency at a time," said Mr. Richards, "We have to work together and leave Baton Rouge better than we found it."
Coletta Barrett spoke about the partnership between City Year Baton Rouge and Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, which has grown in engagement each year over the last four years. Most recently, CYBR and OLOL came together for a day of service at Howell Park Elementary School, an adopted school in the OLOL healthy eating initiative. "I can't wait to see what next year will bring," said Mrs. Barrett.