Education Leaders, Mayor-President to Promote Capital Area Promise with School Visits

BATON ROUGE – To continue spreading the message of the “Capital Area Promise” throughout the community, education leaders and the Mayor-President are hitting the road to discuss the initiative at various local schools. 

The “Capital Area Promise” is a new initiative designed to create more college and career pathways for students of Greater Baton Rouge. During each school visit, leaders will talk about the Promise, as well as learn about school programming that promotes college and career readiness.

The tour dates are as follows:

  • Wednesday, March 27, at 8 a.m. – SU President Ray Belton visits Scotlandville Magnet High School, 9870 Scotland Avenue, Baton Rouge, La. 70807 
  • Thursday, April 4, at 9 a.m. – LSU President F. King Alexander visits Glasgow Middle School, 1676 Glasgow Avenue, Baton Rouge, La. 70808
  • Tuesday, April 9, at 9 a.m. – BRCC Chancellor Larissa Littleton-Steib visits Istrouma High School, 3730 Winbourne Avenue, Baton Rouge, La. 70805
  • Tuesday, April 30, at 9:30 a.m. – Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome visits Woodlawn High School, 15755 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge, La. 70817
  • Wednesday, May 1, at 8 a.m. – EBR Superintendent Warren Drake visits Westdale Middle School, 5650 Claycut Road, Baton Rouge, La. 70806

Formally launched in September 2018, the Promise is a joint initiative of Southern University, BRCC, LSU and the EBR School System. It is also supported by the Office of the Mayor-President.

The Promise aligns existing programs from each institution, and is guided by five elements: promoting early childhood education, college tours for all middle school students, summer internships for youth, a pledge by students and parents, and guaranteed admission to a post-secondary or technical education. To fulfill these elements, leaders have collaboratively agreed to 10 goals, including increasing the percentage of high school students with dual enrollment credits, increasing the number of postsecondary degrees and technical certificates, reducing barriers for college affordability, and expanding teacher preparation programs.

These visits are not the first time leaders have spoken with students regarding the Promise. Last October, leaders toured EBR’s new Career and Technical Education Center, or CTEC, and held a forum with more than 100 students.

“This is just the beginning,” said Brandon Smith, LSU director of community and education partnerships. “Over the next year, we will talk about the Promise everywhere in hopes of heightening awareness about our collective commitments and encouraging the community to hold us accountable to those commitments.”

For more information on the school visits or the Capital Area Promise, contact Smith at 225-578-8699 or




Contact Ernie Ballard
LSU Media Relations