Youth Development

Humanities Amped

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

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Single Organization Support (O11)

Single Organization Support (B11)

Single Organization Support (A11)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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

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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
Budget
$200,000

Where we work

Financials

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Keywords

education, civic engagement, youth development, arts & humanities