How are we investing in community change?

MetroMorphosis Newsletters

We are proud to announce our 10 for 10 Community Fund. This effort is designed to promote community- led change making. Ten community focused change efforts will be selected to receive $1000 and strategic support through MetroMorphosis and its partners as a way of amplifying the  impact of their plan and leading to additional support and …

Goods and Services Needed for BRPOP Vendor Connect

MetroMorphosis Newsletters

We are looking for small businesses who are looking to grow their business with large procurers in Baton Rouge? The Baton Rouge Procurement Opportunity Partnership commonly referred to as BRPOP is hosting a vendor connection for small businesses like you to match with large procurement opportunities with places like LSU, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Exxon and more. …

Who’s Your Business Match?

MetroMorphosis Newsletters

          Are you looking for opportunities to help you grow your business with large procurers in Baton Rouge? The Baton Rouge Procurement Opportunity Partnership commonly referred to as BRPOP is hosting a vendor connection for small businesses like you to match with large procurement opportunities with places like LSU, Blue Cross …

Here’s Our Quarter 1 Update!!

MetroMorphosis Newsletters

We’ve embarked on a year-long journey to celebrate the 10 years that MetroMorphosis has engaged people and partners to support the transformation of urban communities from within.  We recognize the importance of people in everything we do and felt that it was important to celebrate our first quarter wins with you! In the first quarter …

Annual Black Futures Celebration to Highlight Living Stories

MetroMorphosis 10Year, February

For Release February 26, 2022 MetroMorphosis celebrates Black Baton Rouge through community conversations, story circles, a community quilt and more. Baton Rouge, La – The celebration of Black Baton Rouge continues with the second annual community-wide Black Futures celebration. Black Futures celebrates the rich history and contributions of Black Baton Rouge while engaging the community …

Metromorphosis celebrates 10 years of serving urban neighborhoods

MetroMorphosis 10Year, In the News, January

By Shannon Heckt, BR Proud BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – For ten years now Metromorphosis has been working to highlight the resources in inner-city neighborhoods throughout Baton Rouge to better set up those communities for success.  When Metromorphosis began their main focuses were putting an end to predatory lending, getting access to fresh foods and finding ways …

Eugene Collins, NAACP receive Metromorphosis Pacesetter Award

MetroMorphosis 10Year, In the News, January

By WAFB Staff BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) – The Baton Rouge NAACP branch and its president, Eugene Collins, received the Metromorphosis Pacesetter Award on Monday, Jan. 17. The Pacesetter Award is for those who make major contributions to improve the quality of life in urban communities. The award acknowledges the “consistent leadership and advocacy around …

About the AARP® Purpose Prize® Award

MetroMorphosis In the News

2022 AARP Purpose Prize Winners PHOTOS BY (LEFT TO RIGHT): PHILIP CHEUNG, ANDRÉ CHUNG, STEPHANIE DIANI, CRAIG MULCAHY, STEPHEN VOSS 2022 winners (LEFT TO RIGHT): Bill Bracken, Ify Nwabuku, Rita Zimmer, Raymond Jetson, Alan Miller By AARP You live. You learn. You give back. No one knows this better than people ages 50 and older, …

Baton Rouge Native Raymond A. Jetson Named AARP 2022 Purpose Prize® Award Winner

MetroMorphosis Press Releases

AARP Purpose Prize Honors America’s Movers and Shakers Age 50-Plus Who Give Back, Tackle Major Societal Challenges; Five $50K Awards Will be Presented WASHINGTON—Today, AARP announced its 2022 AARP Purpose Prize award recipients and fellows, the only national award that celebrates people 50-plus who use their knowledge and life experience to solve challenging social problems. …

VCs aren’t paying attention to nonprofit tech. They should be.

MetroMorphosis In the News

The need for tech in nonprofits is great. The need for investment in startups that serve them is greater. By Aisha Counts, Protocol The odds were stacked against Sevetri Wilson when she set out to raise funding for her startup Resilia. She was living more than 2,000 miles away from Silicon Valley in New Orleans. As …

Sherreta R. Harrison on Encore.org

MetroMorphosis In the News

Originally published on Encore.org Sustainability Catalyst, MetroMorphosisBaton Rouge, LALinkedIn@Sher_Ree_Tah Sustaining the social sector through intergenerational co-leadership models “We must reimagine leadership in a way that balances the knowledge and experience of mature leaders with the perceptions and freshness of growing leaders. By developing intergenerational co-leadership models for community change, we support our aging leaders, encourage innovation …

Education leaders to discuss their stories, vision for future in panel discussion

MetroMorphosis Press Releases

August 16, 2021 On August 17th from 6:00pm-7:00pm at the Baton Rouge Community College’s Mid City Campus, the Presidents of Louisiana State University, Southern University, the Chancellor of Baton Rouge Community College, and the Superintendent of East Baton Rouge Parish Schools will gather for an important moment in the city’s history. The event will take …

Black Americans donate a higher share of their wealth than Whites

MetroMorphosis Philanthropy

Despite lower net worth, they have a culture of charitable giving. They are philanthropists investing in their communities. By Michelle Singletary for the Washington Post Dear Reader, The Black church saved my life. In my tweens, I had to be home-schooled, because juvenile rheumatoid arthritis made it difficult for me to walk without crutches. Isolated from my …

LaunchBR and its Impact in Baton Rouge

MetroMorphosis Press Releases

Baton Rouge, La. (November 30, 2020) — LaunchBR is impacting small businesses through the creation of catalytic partnerships, engaging and mobilizing business owners and providing support to local companies. LaunchBR is a business development program that serves local companies, woman-owned, veteran owned, and minority owned businesses. They support businesses through coaching and training that is free or low-cost. …

Giving Tuesday: Contrary To Popular Belief, Black Folks Have Been Philanthropists ‘Since The Beginning Of Time’

MetroMorphosis Philanthropy, Uncategorized

On this Giving Tuesday, take some time to reflect on the financial contributions from African Americans that have been consistent and dependable for many generations. By NewsOne Staff African Americans — despite finding themselves at the bottom rung of the nation’s economic ladder — are collectively among the top ranks of financial contributors to charitable …

Raymond Jetson Urges Black Elders To Mentor

MetroMorphosis In the News

By Richard Eisenberg, Next Avenue Raymond Jetson’s passion, which led him to be a 2020 Influencer in Aging, is motivating older Black men to mentor Black youth and young adults. The pandemic’s brutal impacts on the African American community have only intensified Jetson’s efforts. “It exacerbated the inequities that we reflect on periodically every time there’s a …

Baton Rouge receives $5 million award to fund Plank Road Masterplan

MetroMorphosis In the News

Source: WBRZ By: WBRZ Staff BATON ROUGE – Build Baton Rouge, the redevelopment authority of East Baton Rouge Parish, will be using funds from a $5 million award to fund the Plank Road Masterplan’s initiative to eliminate blight, grow small businesses, and preserve housing affordability in North Baton Rouge. The capital city earned the money after winning …

Baton Rouge Native Wins Gen2Gen Innovation Fellowship

MetroMorphosis In the News

Published in SwagHer Magazine Encore.org today announced that Sherreta Harrison of MetroMorphosis, a Baton Rouge nonprofit, has been selected as one of 15 Gen2Gen Innovation Fellows, a group of the nation’s most talented innovators and entrepreneurs marshaling their best ideas to create and scale intergenerational solutions. Harrison was selected from a field of more than 160 …

Social Innovator in Baton Rouge Wins Presitious Gen2Gen Innovation Fellowship

MetroMorphosis Press Releases

Sherreta Harrison of MetroMorphosis selected for inaugural fellowship dedicated to groundbreaking intergenerational solutions Baton Rouge, September 23rd — Encore.org today announced that Sherreta Harriison of MetroMorphosis, a Baton Rouge nonprofit, has been selected as one of 15 Gen2GenInnovationFellows, a group of the nation’s most talented innovators and entrepreneurs marshaling their best ideas to create and …

Social Innovator in Baton Rouge Wins Prestigious Gen2Gen Innovation Fellowship

MetroMorphosis Press Releases

For Release September 23, 2020 Sherreta Harrison of MetroMorphosis selected for inaugural fellowship dedicated to groundbreaking intergenerational solutions Baton Rouge, September 23rd — Encore.org today announced that Sherreta Harrison of MetroMorphosis, a Baton Rouge nonprofit, has been selected as one of 15 Gen2Gen Innovation Fellows, a group of the nation’s most talented innovators and entrepreneurs …

We’ve Seen Enough!

MetroMorphosis Think Pieces

It has been little over a month since our country was made aware of the fatal 8 minutes and 46 seconds in which Minneapolis police officers stood guard as one of their own weaponized his knee to not only strip George Floyd of his liberty, but also of his life. And though protests have seemed …

Raymond Jetson: Change is coming, driven by our young activists

MetroMorphosis In the News

By Raymond Jetson for The Advocate Eight minutes and 46 seconds. Rarely has so much transpired in so little time. None of the actors in this tragedy could begin to comprehend the impact of the moment. Not the police officer pressing his knee into something that could not have been human to him. Not the black …

The Urban Update (June 2020)

MetroMorphosis Newsletters, Urban Update

Many of Baton Rouge’s leading organizations have had to significantly adjust theiroperations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During these times of disruption anduncertainty, your organizational leaders have found adaptive and innovative ways toserve you through coordinating efforts. Read on to find out how BREC, EBRCOA, BuildBaton Rouge and others have responded to our city’s latest …

Philan’ Yourself

MetroMorphosis Blog, BRLeads, Philanthropy, Think Pieces

Written by: Lauren Crump Sometimes, philanthropy gets in its own way. Etymologically, it’s “the love of humanity”. In practice, it’s a financial contribution. But in many circles, it’s considered an opportunity and distinction reserved for the wealthy. What’s wrong with that? Philanthropy doesn’t suggest a certain amount. It is simply a contribution to long-term strategy …

Leading Change in an Ever- Changing Environment

MetroMorphosis Blog, BRLeads, Think Pieces

Written by: Johnathan S. Hill Navigating the COVID-19 Pandemic, recent tragedies involving African-Americans and law enforcement and the word-wide response to both of these events has presented individuals, organizations, institutions, businesses, schools, and churches with an opportunity to explore and approach leadership in news ways.  Over the past few months, leaders have found themselves attempting …

The State of Black Boys and Men of Louisiana Report (2010)

MetroMorphosis Uncategorized

This report substantiates and quantifies the extensive and shocking social status of too many of Louisiana‟s Black boys and men in the 21st century. What a full examination has shown is an overwhelming disparity and alarming rates in violence, homicide, incarceration, unemployment, and education level of many Black families… Read More

The Urban Update (April 2020)

MetroMorphosis Blog, Newsletters, Urban Update

Many of the city’s leading organizations have had to significantly adjust theiroperations due to COVID19. While many continue to work to find new andinnovative ways to serve you, the response won’t be “a straight line”. Read on tofind out how BREC, CATS, EBR Housing Authority and others have responded toour city’s latest crisis.  

Cox Communications, ExxonMobil join forces to provide $30,000 for student technology

MetroMorphosis In the News

By WBRZ Staff BATON ROUGE- Cox Communications and ExxonMobil Baton Rouge are joining forces with several non-profit organizations to provide technology to support students learning from home in East Baton Rouge Parish. The companies announced Tuesday that they are providing $15,000, for a total of $30,000, in grant funding to The Walls Project, which collaborated …

Gov. Edwards announces funds for the Health Equity Task Force

MetroMorphosis In the News

April 10, 2020 at 4:30 PM CDT – Updated April 24 at 6:39 PM  BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) – Governor John Bel Edwards announced the creation of the Health Equity Task Force Friday, April 10 during his daily COVID-19 media briefing. The task force will look at how health inequities are affecting communities that are …

Raymond Jetson: “It’s the Damn Inequities!”

MetroMorphosis Blog

This week two opinion pieces stirred emotions and thoughts deep within me. To my knowledge, Charles Blow and Ashley K. Shelton do not know each other even though they are from the same part of the world. Yet, they both wrestled with the prickly notion of the impact of preexisting inequities on the programmatic, policy, …