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Cultivating Culture and Community: Culture Club Afterschool Thrives at Capitol High School

In a wave of excitement and cultural enrichment, Capitol High School (CHS) proudly welcomed the expansion of Culture Club afterschool this semester. The partnership kicked off with a bang during the February Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) event, featuring the dynamic beats of DJ Izzy and a delectable journey through the flavors of Black-owned restaurants. But this collaboration is more than just entertainment – it's a transformative journey encompassing community development, cultural exploration, and personal growth.

CHS came alive with the energetic sounds of DJ Izzy, setting the stage for an unforgettable cultural experience. Students not only danced the night away but also savored the diverse and delicious offerings from Black-owned restaurants, turning the February PBIS event into a celebration of unity and diversity.

The collaboration with The Walls Project promises a holistic approach to community development. CHS students are diving into poverty-disrupting programming that includes urban agriculture, allowing them to connect with sustainable practices. Cultural preservation and placemaking initiatives empower students to contribute to their community's identity, fostering pride and a sense of belonging. The Digital Media training component ensures they are equipped with essential skills for the digital age, preparing them for future success.

Thanks to Keep Louisiana Beautiful, Culture Club participants at CHS will unleash their creativity in eco-art workshops, blending artistic expression with environmental responsibility. The collaboration with the Huey and Angelina Wilson Foundation, Baton Rouge Alliance for Students, and New Schools for Baton Rouge opens doors to career-building modules led by guest creative professionals. This alliance aims to inspire and guide students towards fulfilling creative careers, shaping a future brimming with possibilities.

Guiding this transformative journey is EBRPSS educator Brandon Singleton, whose passion has quickly turned Culture Club into a cherished safe haven for students. Beyond academics, the club serves as a space for students to connect with peers, fostering a sense of belonging and community. Singleton's leadership ensures that Culture Club transcends the boundaries of a typical afterschool program, becoming a catalyst for personal growth and community development.

The expansion of Culture Club to Capitol High School goes beyond a mere afterschool program; it symbolizes a commitment to holistic student development and community empowerment. The diverse range of activities, from entertainment and culinary exploration to eco-art workshops and career-building modules, creates a well-rounded experience for CHS students. With passionate educators and support from various foundations, this collaboration is poised to make a lasting impact on the lives of students and the community at large, creating a legacy of empowerment and inspiration for years to come. Join us in cultivating culture and community at Capitol High School!

Culture Club is a program made possible through the support from Baton Rouge Alliance for Students, New Schools for Baton Rouge, Huey & Angelina Wilson Foundation, Aetna/CVS, and the generous gifts of individual donors.

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