Sarah Broome, CCAS BA ’08

Broome (center row, second from left) and her team. Photo courtesy Thrivebr.org

Sarah Broome, CCAS BA ’08, is included on Greater Baton Rouge Business Report’s 2012 “Forty Under 40” list. Broome was included for her project, THRIVE, a public, tuition-free charter boarding school for at-risk students in downtown Baton Rouge, LA. Broome arrived in Baton Rouge in 2008, through the Teach for America program. In 2010, one of Broome’s female students was killed in a street fight. This event lead Broome to found THRIVE. The school currently has only sixth-grade students, but in the future, it will have grades six through 12. Students live at THRIVE from Monday to Friday, where they attend traditional classes in a supportive environment. They are also instructed on personal skills, such as doing their own laundry, cooking and budgeting. The idea is to provide all the necessary skills–academic and otherwise–for them to be successful later in life. THRIVE also provides counseling services, and volunteers from across the community come to work with the students. Read the full article on Broome, including a Q&A, on Greater Baton Rouge Business Report’s website.

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