OSSRD News & Events
Brave - Year 4 Evaluation Report
July 5, 2017
Dr. Cecile Guin receives Excellence in Innovation Award from the LSU Office of Innovation & Technology Commercialization.
BRAVE - Year 3 Evaluation Report
November 23, 2016
BRAVE - Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination
2015-2016 Preliminary Findings: Violent Crime in East Baton Rouge Parish
November 16, 2016
Dr. Juan J. Barthelemy discusses Baton Rouge's BRAVE program at the University of Alabama. Read more>>
October 26, 2016
“Flooding Baton Rouge with Hope”: Family nights hosted by Baton Rouge Hope Zone Initiative offer resources, entertainment
The Baton Rouge Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (BR-BCJI) Hope Zone is hosting Family Fun Nights to assist with rebuilding efforts in the community. Due to the recent traumas experienced during the past few months, the events themed “Flooding BR with Hope” seeks to help residents reconnect, recover, and refocus. Read the full story.
Judith Rhodes, Assistant Professor of Research in CHSE’s Office of Social Service Research and Development, received the Engagement Award for her established collaboration with agencies and government institutions to mutually exchange knowledge and resources that address significant social issues in a context of partnership and reciprocity.
Her projects target issues confronting Louisiana’s most at-risk populations and she has implemented several programs within the Baton Rouge community that serve the needs of the youth living here and the political and economic forces working against their success. Through her research, grant-writing and engagement, she continues to play a vital role in developing lasting partnerships that aid our College in impacting disadvantaged members of our community.
New grant awarded to serve youth ages 14-24 who attend specialized schools in East Baton Rouge Parish School System
Read The Advocate's article Federal Pilot Program in Baton Rouge to test whether services for struggling students actually helps here.
September 10, 2014
The District Attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana Receives $149,788 Project Safe Neighborhood Grant
This grant, funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, was awarded to provide services and community development in the Gardere area of Baton Rouge. This grant will also facilitate expansion of the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination (BRAVE) program to the Gardere area. This project will be a collaboration between the U.S. District Attorney, the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, the Gardere Initiative, and LSU. LSU CHSE professor Traci Rizzuto in the School of Leadership and Human Resource Development is the Primary Investigator for this grant. OSSRD facilitated development of this grant application.
September 2, 2014
LSU OSSRD Receives $1,500,000 Youth Empowerment Program Grant
This grant, funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, establishes the Youth Empowerment Program (YEP) Village.This program will provide after school tutoring and promote cooperation and an interest in learning to 50-100 4th and 5th grade at-risk African American males at the Family and Youth Service Center in Baton Rouge, LA. One of the major goals of this program is to reduce problematic, violent behavior.These students will primarily be referred by two schools in the area, though siblings of youths targeted by the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination (BRAVE) program will also be eligible for program participation. OSSRD developed this grant application, and will facilitate program development, implementation, and evaluation.
May 7, 2014
Cecile Guin honored with LSU CHSE Engagement Award
Cecile Guin, director of the Office of Social Service Research and Development, received the College of Human Sciences and Education Engagement Award for her established collaboration with agencies and government institutions for the mutual exchange of knowledge and resources that address significant social issues in a context of partnership and reciprocity.
November 22, 2013
The City of Baton Rouge and East Baton Rouge Parish receives $500,000 Federal Choice Neighborhood Planning Grant
This grant, funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, was awarded to The City of Baton Rouge and East Baton Rouge parish to assist with the development of a "comprehensive, community-driven" plan to revitalize the high crime, high poverty Smiley Heights -- Melrose East neighborhood in Baton Rouge. OSSRD facilitated development of this grant application. LSU will receive $216,938 to assist with planning efforts.
November 19, 2013
Parent University-Raising Winners workshops
Parents participated in workshops that focus on developing life goals, modeling positive behavior, and learning how to set rules and limits for children. Children participated in enrichment activities sponsored by community partners. The grant awarded by the Louisiana Children's Trust Fund provided transportation, food, and childcare for program participants. Jada Thomas-Smith, a research associate with OSSRD is grant coordinator, and Ron Anderson of Minden, LA was the class facilitator.
November 6, 2013
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Receives a $4.2 Million Grant to Coordinate Child Wellness in Louisiana
The Project LAUNCH grant, funded through the Department of Health and Human Services, will assist Louisiana in providing resources and education to promote child well-being, while coordinating services across different sectors and service providers. OSSRD facilitated development of the grant application, and is funded alongside Drs. Pam Monroe and Katherine Stamps Mitchell of the LSU School of Social Work to facilitate evaluation of this program. LSU will receive $670,467 to evaluate this program.
September 23, 2013
East Baton Rouge Receives $1.4 Million Federal Grant to Expand the BRAVE Project
This grant, funded through the Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, expands the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination (BRAVE) Project “from 70805 neighborhoods to neighborhoods in the 70802 area.” The BRAVE Project is a multi-partner, focused deterrence approach to combating violent crime by changing norms regarding violent offenders, providing alternatives to those who commit crime, and creating an effective deterrent to those who choose to continue pursuing illicit activities. OSSRD facilitated development of this grant application, and is funded to facilitate grant implementation.
September 12, 2013
East Baton Rouge Receives $1 Million Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (BCJI) Federal Grant to Address Violent Crime
This grant implements “a comprehensive, place-based, community-oriented public health model approach to address the chronic and violent crime problem” in a high crime area of Baton Rouge. This grant is funded through the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance. OSSRD facilitated development of this grant application, and is funded to facilitate grant implementation.
May 29, 2013
Cecile Guin Honored with Women of Excellence Award by Louisiana Legislative Women's Caucus
OSSRD Director Cecile Guin was provided this award in recognition of her exemplary record demonstrating “excellence in leadership, profession, academics, community service, character and integrity.”