Destiny Adams Cooper named Blue Cross Foundation 2019 Angel Award Honoree

Sep. 16 2019


This October, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation will present The Angel Award® to nine everyday Louisianians doing extraordinary good for the state’s children. McKinley High School’s Destiny Adams Cooper was selected as one of the grant recipients.

The honorees were chosen from nearly 200 nominees submitted across Louisiana. Each Angel will receive a $25,000 grant to the nonprofit organization of their choice to deepen the impact of their work. Now in its 25th year, The Angel Award® is notable for focusing on people who do hands-on work, says Foundation president Michael Tipton.

“We honor these men and women for leading from the front lines, and building tribes movements of others to join in making lasting, powerful change for our state’s future through its children,” he said.

The stories of each Angel will be told at an invitation-only presentation ceremony to be held Monday, Oct. 14 at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center. A McKinley High School teacher will receive the Angel Award® this year for her work with Humanities Amped.

  • Destiny Adams Cooper of Baton Rouge, one of the founders of the Humanities Amped program, which empowers students to become critical readers, writers and thinkers by addressing real-world issues through the humanities.

“I am so grateful that our community recognizes and values the hard work and dedication we pour into Humanities Amped. This honor would not be possible without our many collaborators, contributors, students and their families,” Cooper said.

“Thank you, East Baton Rouge Parish School Systems, for partnering with Humanities Amped to create the innovative and humanized school system that our students and teachers deserve, and thank you to Blue Cross Blue Shield for spotlighting our program’s and our students’ value. I tell my students all the time that their voice, their education, and their lives matter; thank you for telling them the same by recognizing and funding this work. I can only imagine what we can achieve in partnership with EBRPSS now that we are working with 14 teachers at five schools with an impact on about 1,000 students!”

More information about the Angel Award is available online at

About the Blue Cross Foundation

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation works each day to improve the health and lives of Louisianians by empowering everyday people to do extraordinary good. By building and funding coalitions of friends, families and neighbors, the Foundation hopes to build a healthier Louisiana, particularly for its children. The foundation is funded solely by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, but is a separate 501(c)(3) nonprofit entity. Together, Blue Cross and the Blue Cross Foundation invest $2.5 million each year into Louisiana’s communities and nonprofits.

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