As observed in the resiliency and recovery routinely executed in the state, in March of 2020 the Walls Project looked to help preserve and coordinate community-driven organizations scrambling to address the pandemic and state shutdown.
Coalitions meetings sought to establish a cadence and location for civic and community leaders to coalesce and coordinate, addressing the most immediate areas of need: Economic & Workforce Development, Education, Food Insecurity, and Social Services for the working poor and their relation to the 9 Drivers of Poverty.
Most importantly, the meetings are open-source. This is to encourage anyone looking to understand more about the work being done inside the community to have a direct line of access. Each meeting's minutes are recorded and distributed to partners and participants.
Walls Project, Metromorphosis, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome & City of Baton Rouge, Capital Area United Way, Huey & Angelina Wilson Foundation, Healthy BR, Geaux Get Healthy, Baton Roots Community Farm, American Heart Association, Three O’Clock Project, Topbox Foods, BREC, Focus Foods, LSU Ag, SU Ag, Feeding Louisiana, Louisiana Budget Project, LPHI, Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, Baton Rouge General, Ocshner Medical Center, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Healthy Blue, Aetna/CVS, Cox Communications, Capital One, IBM, Starbucks, ExxonMobil, BASF, LED Fast Start, NexusLA/Apprenti, EmployBR, BRAC, CRPCLA, Impact North Baton Rouge, Build Baton Rouge, CPEX, East Baton Rouge Parish Housing Authority, Partners Southeast, Ascent Project, Scotlandville CDC/CADAV, Mid City Redevelopment Alliance, CATS, Co-City Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge School System, New Schools For Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University, Southern University, Baton Rouge Community College, River Parishes Community College, Louisiana Department of Education, Louisiana Charter Schools, Foundation for East Baton Rouge Schools, Louisiana 4-H, Front Yard Bikes, City Year, Empower 225, TRUCE, 100 Black Men,Upward Bound/Southern University, AMI Kids, TFA Corps, Red Torch Agency, Boo Milton/Spark Box, PREACH, Power Coalition, Together BR, Beth Shalom Synagogue, Grapevine Church, Grief Recovery Center, McMains Children’s Development Center, Capital Park Museum.
About the Drivers
These barriers, or the Nine Drivers of Poverty, were created in thought-partnership with the Poverty Task Force of our sister-city, Dallas, TX, and HUD in order to assess, identify, and provide solutions towards ending poverty.