College leaders, EBR superintendent to share updates on the Capital Area Promise, Sept. 18

On September 18 at 9:30 a.m., education leaders of Baton Rouge will gather to update the community on the Capital Area Promise, a joint initiative launched last year to create more college and career pathways for students in Greater Baton Rouge. Named “Progress on the Promise,” the event will share key data points from LSU, Southern University, Baton Rouge Community College, East Baton Rouge Parish School System and other agencies partnering with the Promise. The press conference will take place at the East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd., where leaders will be joined by local students and business leaders.

The Capital Area Promise was officially launched in September 2018, where leaders including LSU President F. King Alexander, Southern University President Chancellor Ray Belton, former BRCC Chancellor Larissa Steib, EBR Superintendent Warren Drake, and Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome signed an agreement with plans of greater collaboration of existing programs, promoting early childhood education, and expanding college tours and summer internships for youth, among others.  Further, the leaders agreed to 10 goals that monitor their collective progress and impact. Since its launch, the Louisiana Department of Education and the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance, or LOSFA, have joined the Capital Area Promise core team. The Promise has also been introduced to 10 of the surrounding K-12 districts. 

For more questions regarding the “Progress on the Promise” event or the Capital Area Promise, contact Brandon Smith at (225) 578-8699 or