Wednesday, June 22

SU Ag Center partners with Mayor Holden’s Summer Youth Employment Program

Teens transfer soil from a pile to the side panels of the Southern University Ag Center's fountain as part of the Love Our Community Summer Youth Employment Program on June 22.

Baton Rouge, LA – Many teens are spending the official second day of summer, June 22, sleeping late or enjoying a family vacation, but a group of teens from East Baton Rouge Parish spent their morning shoveling soil to make a flower bed at the Southern University Ag Center.

The teens are participating in the Office of Mayor-President Kip Holden’s, ‘Love Our Community Summer Youth Employment Program,’ which employs some 500 youth aged 14 -17 from throughout the parish.

Southern University Ag Center Extension Associate Stephanie Elwood and Senior Research Associate Mila Berhane have partnered with the 4-week program to provide technical assistance for the group’s activities.

On this day, the group planted flowers in the side panels of the Southern University Ag Center’s fountain.

The youth employment program provides youth with an opportunity to gain environmental and neighborhood revitalization work experience by painting murals and creating community gardens throughout the city to fight blight. The teens also participant in various environmental stewardship projects.

To qualify for the program, teens must commit to working no more than 20 hours per week in an outdoor environment; be a team player and work collaboratively in a group to plan and execute a community service project that impacts their community; and be enrolled in a school and live in East Baton Rouge Parish.

For information about the Love Our Community Summer Youth Employment Program, contact Kia Bickham at 225-389-3100 or via e-mail at

For information about the Southern University Ag Center’s horticultural programs and events, contact the Ag Center at 225-771-2242 or visit our website at


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