City Year Baton Rouge gets nod of approval City Year Baton Rouge gets nod of approval Advocate staff report July 24, 2013 Comments The Baton Rouge chapter of City Year earned a “Best of City Year” award for a second year in a row for its performance over the 2012-13 school year. “It means our corps members are providing excellent service to Baton Rouge students and having great impact,” Laura Hamm, executive director of City Year Baton Rouge, said in a news release. The education-focused nonprofit forms partnerships with public schools to help students stay on track to graduate. Last school year, 62 of its corps members served as tutors, mentors and role models for more than 2,500 students in four schools: Merrydale Elementary, Broadmoor and Capitol middle, and Belaire High schools. Six of City Year’s 25 sites across the country learned last week they were being honored. They were judged for their progress towards more than 75 performance goals, including impact, recruitment and retention, financial health and staff development.