PLATINUM2023

Humanities Amped

Young people are not problems to be solved; they are problem solvers!

Baton Rouge, LA   |  http://www.humanitiesamped.com

Mission

The mission of Humanities Amped is to amplify youth voice, civic engagement, and human connection in public schools.

Ruling year info

2018

Executive Director

Dr. Anna West

Instructional Leader

Destiny Cooper

Main address

PO Box 64653

Baton Rouge, LA 70806 USA

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EIN

82-4794136

NTEE code info

Single Organization Support (O11)

Single Organization Support (B11)

Single Organization Support (A11)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In Baton Rouge’s under resourced local public schools, school dropout rates are 30% and higher. In Louisiana, a state that ranks 50th for overall youth well-being, opportunities to be connected in schools are indeed a matter of life and death for many young people (United Health Foundation, 2019). We believe that young people deserve better, and doing better begins with changing the way students are perceived, not as problems to be solved, but as problem-solvers. We challenge the reductive “drill and kill” approaches to teaching and learning that characterize the worst of school reform, and instead highlight the role of community, culture, and relationships in human learning. An amped education is one that expands the purposes of school to honor human connectedness, turns up the volume so that the voices of young people can be heard and respected by our larger community, and it ultimately empowers young people to analyze and take action on the issues that affect their lives.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Amplified Classrooms

Humanities Amped students are 22% more likely to graduate from high school than their peers (based on three years of graduation data). They are also more likely to achieve academically. By their second year in the program, Humanities Amped students pass state exams at a 21% higher rate than their peers. English Learners in Humanities Amped scored higher than any students in the district, earning 10 points higher than the district average in writing on the English Language Proficiency Test. We achieve these outcomes by enriching Humanities Amped classrooms in five schools in the form of:
Extensive curricular resources that highlight the importance of community, culture, relationships, and civically engaged research & action in learning (see curricula online at www.humanitiesamped.com)
Classroom families who stick together in multi-year cohorts, thus developing deep trust and connectedness among students and teachers
Teacher participation in Amped Educator’s Network, a transformative learning community for 16 EBRPSS middle and high school teachers
Eight community-based co-teachers who collectively provide over 100 hours each week of team teaching in Amped classrooms (many of whom are PhD students at Louisiana State University)
Coaching, guided planning, and modeling for teachers from an Amped Instructional Leader who meets weekly with classroom teams

Some Amped classrooms also benefit from:
An Amped Instructional Leader specializing in the needs of English Learners
Forward Arts poets-in-residence program, a series of ten poetry workshops that fosters a love of literacy and self-expression in eight classrooms
Educators Rising, two sections of an elective class at McKinley High using a national curriculum that prepares youth for careers in education
Volunteer mentors who assist students with civically engaged action research projects

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Students

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of teachers trained

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, Women and girls, Heterosexuals, LGBTQ people, Men and boys

Related Program

Amplified Classrooms

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of direct care staff who received training in trauma informed care

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of youth who identify, manage, and appropriately express emotions and behaviors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Humanities Amped

Board of directors
as of 08/11/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Alejandra Torres

Windcall Institute

Term: 2021 - 2023

Betsy Irvine

University Presbyterian Church

Andrew Kuo

Louisiana State University

Walter Geno McLaughlin

BUILD Baton Rouge

Suzy Caleo

Associate Professor, Department of Public Administration at LSU

Rick Curry

Attorney, Previous Teacher

Daniela Chu-Rodriguez

Assistant Director, Women’s Center and LGBTQ+ Project at LSU

Anna Fogle

Financial Advisor, Northwestern Mutual

Holley Haymaker

Community organizer, consultant, physician

Emmy Hicks

Director of Development Services and Strategic Communication at LSU Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Viveca Johnson

Licensed Professional Counselor and Owner, Forward Moving Counseling Services

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable