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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

OPINION: A Call to Older Black Men: It’s Time to Fight for Youth

MetroMorphosis In the News

By Raymond A. Jetson for Next Avenue Just a few weeks ago, 24 African-American teenage boys from a local high school in my Baton Rouge, La. community were recommended for suspension. Their crime: participating in a “fight club.” They were not involved in street fights, nor was there any intent to harm anyone. They were simply …

Barbershops’ Hair & Health provides easy health monitoring for African-American men

MetroMorphosis In the News

BY PAM BORDELON for The Advocate “It’s the African-American male’s country club — the original man cave.” That’s how the Rev. Raymond Jetson, founder of the nonprofit MetroMorphosis, describes the barbershop, that place where men of color hang out even when they don’t necessarily need a trim. It’s where he turned to launch Hair & Health, a program …

The Village Does Not Exist In Isolation | Op-Ed

MetroMorphosis In the News

by Donney Rose May 2, 2019 Just over three weeks ago the Urban Congress on African American Males, an initiative of MetroMorphosis, hosted its annual General Convening. The convening’s theme, #TheVillageRenewed, permeated the course of the day as guest speakers and delegates of the Congress articulated at great length the value of restoration/renewal of African …

Reclaim elders as leaders and mentors

MetroMorphosis In the News

By Raymond Jetson | Published in The Advocate Last week, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome and Chief Murphy Paul announced a plan to establish an advisory council to the chief, “to advise and support the police chief in another effort to improve community-police relations and boost law enforcement transparency.” The suggestion was offered by a diverse …

Community column for Aug. 21

MetroMorphosis In the News

By George Morris, The Advocate Black Out Loud Conference held in BR The inaugural Black Out Loud Conference celebrated black visibility in the arts, media and activism on Aug. 10-12 in Baton Rouge. Local poet, activist and teaching artist Donney Rose hosted the conference, which was sponsored by the Urban Congress on African American Males in Baton Rouge, …

OUR TURN: Urban Congress

MetroMorphosis In the News

By WAFB Staff| April 12, 2016 at 3:39 PM CDT – Updated July 1 at 2:50 PM  BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) – Let’s talk about something positive that is happening in our community this weekend. MetroMorphosis, a non-profit in Baton Rouge, is hosting a conference on the state of African American males in our community. Reservations for …