May 17, 2019
Taylor Porter is a corporate partner of the Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School work study program. In conjunction with the school year's end to the program, our law firm hosted our four Taylor Porter Cristo Rey student workers in a "Project CEO" presentation, in which the four students presented a PowerPoint on the skills they learned and the jobs they did throughout the school year. Taylor Porter's Cristo Rey student workers for the 2018-2019 school year included Ja'Darion Davis, Luke Thomas, Kiara Lejander, and Ty'Drian Johnson.
Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School is a private, Catholic school that opened in August 2016, and is part of a national network of 32 schools, projected to have 40 schools across the country by 2020.
Taylor Porter Partner Skip Philips serves on the Cristo Rey Board, and also chairs the Corporate Work Study Program Board.
Under the Cristo Rey model, each student spends one full day of their week working at a local office to supplement part of their tuition and pick up some real world career training. The school trains the students on basic soft skills — how to properly dress for work, interact with co-workers, conduct business over the phone and address clients — as well as hard skills such as printing, copying and filing. Then it matches each student up with a company. Each July, the school ceremoniously introduces students to their new employers at a “Draft Day” event.
Cristo Rey partners with close to 50 Capital Region businesses and nonprofits, all of which employ students one day per week. The school is continually looking for additional partners for its Corporate Work Study Program, and more details can be found online at www.cristoreybatonrouge.org. Corporate Work Study Program sponsor underwriters include: Albemarle Corporation, AT&T, Baton Rouge Area Foundation, Capital Area Finance Authority, and Entergy Louisiana.
Cristo Rey corporate partners for the 2018-2019 school year included: