Programs and Initiatives


City Year Partnership

At Home in Old South Baton Rouge

A home owners guide produced by LSU School of Architecture students that offers suggestions for enhancing existing home stock and energy conservation.

City Year® Partnership

With CUP’s leadership, LSU is the first public college or university in the country to become a ‘give a year’ partner with the international service organization.  LSU provides application fee awards to City Year corps members, alumni, and staff; and provides one, graduate-level scholarship. The application period opens every year on February 1st. Here is the link to the 2018 scholarship application: 2019 LSU CY Partnership Award Application. Visit for more information about this partnership.

Cultural Events

Opportunities that expose local youth to multi-cultural productions across several different artistic genres.

Fresh Cuts Clean Health

A barbershop health initiative, which screens men for high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. Partners include Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation, LSU Health, LSU AgCenter, Pennington Biomedical Research Center and the Mayor's Healthy BR Initiative.

Geaux for Gold

A five-week informational course that emphasizes topics in financial literacy and encourages home ownership. Partners include Campus Federal Credit Union and Mid City Redevelopment Alliance.

Journey to College

An initiative sparked from President F. King Alexander's passion for providing guidance and resources for students and their families to encourage college readiness from middle through high school

Literacy Lagniappe

CUP actively works with Buchanan Elementary's annual Accelerated Reading program, offering initiatives for students' success in tackling reading comprehension. The 'Big Event' is the cumulative celebration of their efforts, and features special prize giveaways.

Sixth Grade Day

Sixth Grade Day is the signature program for the President's Journey to College Initiative. Each year, we welcome every sixth-grader in the EBR system to campus in an effort to inspire a desire to attend college. The students get to engage with students, faculty, and staff across campus in exciting presentations and activities.


Women Experiencing Success through Academics, Resources and Training: A five module professional development seminar for single mothers in the Old South Baton Rouge community; program developed from Lending a Hand, which was a comprehensive study of single mothers completed by an LSU CUP research associate. Partner: LSU Women's Center

Yard of the Month

Beautification contest celebrating excellence in landscape maintenance of homes in Old South Baton Rouge.