Youth Development

Humanities Amped

Baton Rouge, LA


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

Ruling Year


Executive Director

Dr. Anna West

Instructional Leader

Destiny Cooper

Main Address

PO Box 64653

Baton Rouge, LA 70806 USA


education, civic engagement, youth development, arts & humanities





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

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-N.

Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

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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Where we work

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Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

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Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

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