Baton Rouge, LA

Baton Rouge, LA

Baton Rouge, LA has been a member of the Cities of Service coalition since 2009, when Mayor Kip Holden signed the Declaration of Service and committed to leveraging resident volunteers to move the needle on neighborhood revitalization and education & youth. As part of Mayor Holden’s commitment to move the City-Parish of East Baton Rouge forward, Baton Rouge Proud offers a high impact service plan that will provide more residents with opportunities to contribute to their community through service. These initiatives target Baton Rouge’s most pressing challenges while encouraging the growth of a volunteer force across a range of neighborhoods and agencies.

To learn more about the great work being done in Baton Rouge, check out the city's service plan, Baton Rouge Proud, the City's website at, one of the city's Facebook pages (BR Proud and BR Choice), or on Twitter at @TheCityofBR.

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Chief Service Officer

Kia Bickham

Kia leads impact volunteering initiatives for Baton Rouge, including neighborhood revitalization initiatives and the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council. Thanks to her work, hundreds of local youth have volunteered to fight blight through environmental stewardship projects and murals.

Neighborhood Revitalization

BR Choice

Baton Rouge Choice is a neighbor-driven transformation initiative for the neighborhoods of Melrose East and Smiley Heights, including Ardenwood Village, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The City of Baton Rouge and the EBRPHA were awarded the U.S. HUD Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant to create a Transformation Plan to revitalize the Smiley Heights/Melrose East neighborhoods and the Ardenwood Village public housing community. A Transformation Team meets monthly to identify neighborhood issues and opportunities, and to set strategies and goals toward promoting the health and well being of all people who live in and are connected to the Choice Neighborhood community. Revitalization projects are resident-driven and resident-executed--and supported by city services.

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