A CITY STEEPED IN HISTORY AND CULTURE
No surprise here, like its neighbor New Orleans, Baton Rouge has a unique culture and history. Steeped in West African, Spanish and French traditions, the Louisiana capital is the state’s cultural epicenter. Whether it’s through learning more about the region’s Cajun cuisine or festivals like Mardi Gras, there will never be a shortage of opportunities to learn more about the city’s rich cultural heritage!
YOU’LL BE SINGING THE BLUES IN BATON ROUGE
Born from African-American folk culture in the Deep South, the blues is a uniquely American musical tradition and if you’re lucky enough to live in Baton Rouge, you’ll soon find that it’s a thriving hub of blues culture. Be sure to check out the Baton Rouge Blues Festival, one of the oldest of its kind in the nation that draws thousands of people from around the world. Throughout the rest of the year, spend your weekends listening to local musicians in the city’s various “juke joints” for a uniquely Baton Rouge experience.
AN EXCITING AND AFFORDABLE CITY
One of the best things about living in Baton Rouge is the cost of living. It’s the second-largest city in Louisiana and is consistently ranked one of the most affordable in the state. In addition to an affordable housing market, Baton Rouge offers many fun and free activities! The city’s various museums offer free admission days, the local library system offers free meeting space and there are 184 parks that offer free activities like rock climbing and paddle boarding lessons.
CRAZY FOR COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Football season turns this charming southern city into a sea of purple and gold as residents come together to root for the Louisiana State University (LSU) Tigers. Make no mistakes, this city is serious about celebrating its college football culture and living in Baton Rouge will get you an all access pass to the party! Don’t miss out on the chance to experience a LSU tailgate party, where your taste buds will fall in love with local, homemade Cajun cuisine!
OVER 41,000 INSPIRING AND TALENTED STUDENTS NEED YOUR SUPPORT
While satisfying your cravings with regional dishes and listening to the soulful sounds of blues music is worthwhile, we would argue that serving a year with City Year Baton Rouge to help the 41,000 students in East Baton Rouge Parish Schools reach their full potential is worth even more. By applying to serve with City Year Baton Rouge, you’ll not only be able to experience living in a culturally unique part of the country but you’ll also be able to make a difference in the classroom and the lives of students.