Pathway to Ascension Parish is a project spearheaded by the Leadership Ascension program of the Ascension Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Baton Rouge, Lowery Elementary and community stakeholders.

One of the Leadership Ascension project team researched and found a community need for quality afterschool and summer programs. Team leaders approached Boys & Girls Club who helped design a pilot program for Lowery Elementary School (Donaldsonville). Lowery Elementary School was select to host this pilot program based on the school’s demographics and the strong support of the Lowery administration and community leaders.

The Leadership team raised dollars to begin Boys & Girls Club at Lowery Elementary targeting 30 to 45 (3rd grade) students. An advisory board has been created to oversee this project and to continue to raise additional dollars. Currently, the pilot program is scheduled to operate for the fall semester of the 2019-2020 school year. 

Current business partners, including CF Industries, Shell, Grace Hebert Architects, Rubicon, BASF, Neighbors Federal Credit Union, Methanex, and Epic Piping. The advisory committee has a goal to raise $150,000 by May 2020. This would allow the Club to expand for the summer and increase the number of youth serve to 100 for the 2020-2021 school year.