Public Education Project

Forum 225’s Public Education Project (PEP) is an initiative of its Service Pillar designed to partner with one school to award a $500 grant for a project that will enhance the school environment or provide resources and opportunities for students.  

Forum 225 recognizes that a strong public education system is essential for economic prosperity, social equity, and active civic engagement. PEP aims to support progressive and innovative education reform initiatives by providing committed volunteers and resources, as well as engaging other organizations and community leaders in a collaborative community-wide effort.

PEP is a continuation of the Autonomous School Network Project from 2007.

If you are interested in supporting public education in the Capital City, while forming connections with other young professionals through service activities, then this is the committee for you.

In this committee, you can expect to:

  • Help select the partner school
  • Brainstorm project ideas with the partner school
  • Execute service project plans at the school
  • Create lasting change for a school and its staff and students
  • Network with other community-driven, service-oriented young professionals

Traditional public or charter schools in Baton Rouge are encouraged to apply for Forum 225’s Public Education Project. Forum 225 will provide the year’s chosen school with volunteers for various service projects based on the school’s needs. Past projects have included physical improvements to the exterior and/or interior of the school, as well as assistance with in-school or after-school programming, such as school fairs, math nights, spelling bees, etc.

As the chosen partner school, you can expect:

  • One-on-one planning for service projects for the school
  • A group of dedicated young professionals willing to serve the school
  • Service projects planned and executed by Forum 225’s PEP Committee

Applications are typically open throughout May and the partnership year begins in June and concludes the following year in May.