Amped family, we are thrilled to introduce to you the newest member of the Amped team, LaChanda Harris! LaChanda Harris is Humanities Amped's Community Care Manager. She holds a Master of Social Work from Louisiana State University and has extensive experience working with diverse populations, using a blend of treatment modalities in her practice, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Solution-Focused Therapy.
What are you looking forward to in your new role at Humanities Amped?
I am looking forward to assisting in the work of getting ahead of the curve, providing young people with social emotional tools and systems of support they require and deserve to have flourishing mental/ emotional well-being.
Why does the mission of Humanities Amped matter to you?
Humanities Amped's mission and vision focuses on the whole person, it's a practice. It's not only taught, but lived.
As Community Care Manager, Ms. Harris will plan and implement initiatives to provide social and emotional learning and restorative supports, as well as dynamic leadership opportunities, to the students we serve.
Our New Home
With great excitement, we would like to share that Tara High School is our new school home. Our district partners have decided that our resources, programs, and expertise will be a strong fit for the needs at Tara High, and we are currently working with the administration to get our programming underway. We have had many wonderfully collaborative and productive meetings with the administrators and teachers at Tara High, and we look forward to continuing our innovative lab school ecosystem at this new site.
On Saturday, September 17th, we onboarded a group of thoughtful and compassionate multilingual volunteers who will be supporting English language learners at Tara, which has the second highest population of English learners in the district. In addition to learning their way around the school campus and practicing trauma-informed responses to various student needs, the new volunteers explored the idea of accompaniment as a grounding approach to their work with students and teachers. “To accompany someone,” writes Staughton Lynd, “is to go somewhere with [them…], to be present on a journey.” Humanities Amped places volunteers in classrooms to come alongside English Language Learners, some of whom are newcomers to the United States, to build trusting relationships and offer academic support. We are calling this project the Adelante Initiative, and we excited for our volunteers to begin this forward-moving work with students in classrooms in the coming weeks!
It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to Broadmoor, where we have spent the last year building beloved community with our Amped students and teachers. Our goal is to continue these relationships even as we transition to a new campus, and we have ongoing plans to introduce community programming that will serve our entire Amped community moving forward. In the coming months, we will keep all of you updated as we roll out new programs and initiatives at Tara High and in the wider Baton Rouge community, and, as always, we thank you for your support as we embark on this new partnership together.
Tara High School is excited to announce its partnership with Humanities Amped, a community organization with a proven history of improving outcomes for students in East Baton Rouge — Humanities Amped will provide much-needed ESL support for our growing population of English language learners. This partnership is mutually beneficial, but students will benefit the most. Additional resources and support staff will create equity for our students. After school programming will increase, and Humanities Amped will ensure that students on the outer edges of our attendance zone have transportation after school each day. This will afford students opportunities not previously possible.
Tara High School
Volunteer to Assist with our Move
We need volunteers to help us move our larger furniture and many books from Broadmoor High School to Tara High School on Wednesday, Sept. 21st.
If you are interested in helping lift heavy things, please sign up at the link. We will meet in the Broadmoor High School parking lot at 2pm on that Wednesday to load the U-Haul. Then, we will drive to Tara High School to unload! We expect to be done no later than 5pm.
Please sign up if you can be available for the whole time (2pm-5pm).
What's New at Humanities Amped
Are you part of the Amped Extended family? This includes youth who have been in amped program, friends, and Alumni! Sign up for the Amped Extended Family Fall 2022 Programming here!