Baton Rouge, LA - The Building Opportunities through Leadership Development (BOLD) Project class traveled to Opelousas, Louisiana on Saturday, April 18 to hold a round table discussion at radio station KOCZ 92.2FM with members of the Opelousas community. One of these members was newly elected alderman and former BOLD participant Tyrone Glover. Alderman Glover, who is the station’s programming director, also served as host of the workshop.
Madelyn M. Rosette, Executive Director of the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for Children of St. Landry Parish and Charles Ranard, former educator and former Welfare and Attendance Supervisor for St. Landry Parish, spoke to the participants on the topics of community service, advocating for children, learning how to help motivate and build youth self- esteem, parenting and the church's responsibility in the community.
After the discussion, the BOLD participants were allotted three minutes to discuss their current class community projects. They had the opportunity to mention their residential cities and parishes, and how their projects will impact these communities.
Dana Isaac, Extension Assistant, Community & Economic Development, SU Ag Center facilitated the trip.
The BOLD Project, developed by SU Ag Center’s assistant specialist of community and economic development, Dr. Kenyetta Nelson-Smith, improves the leadership development capacity of rural and under-served communities throughout Louisiana. It is an evaluative and technical assistance project designed to develop teams of emerging leaders who work together across racial, class and community boundaries in innovative ways to promote community and economic development.
BOLD members and their parishes are:
Darryl Robertson, East Baton Rouge Parish
Leisha Cousin, St. Tammany Parish
Angell Jordan, Evangeline Parish
JaLesia Cousin, St. Tammany Parish
Karen Marchand, East Baton Rouge Parish
Marlin Ford, Ph.D., East Baton Rouge Parish
For additional information on the BOLD Project, call 225.771.5598.