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Full Circle

Full Circle

February 12th, 2014

Dominique Ricks was among BRYC's first Fellows. He joined the program in 2009 with a 12 on the ACT and a very limited sense of how to turn his immense potential and ambition into college success. In one year with BRYC, he jumped 10 points on the ACT and earned a full scholarship to the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This May, he will be the first person in his family to graduate college, and he will return to Baton Rouge a Teach For America corps member. As a secondary English teacher, Dom will serve students suffering the same resource gaps he has overcome.Read More

Emory Bound

Emory Bound

February 12th, 2014

Beatrice, or "Bee," hadn't heard of Emory until she visited the campus during BRYC's annual Atlanta College Tour last October. She fell in love, and a month later, applied. She will head to Atlanta in the fall as the first person in her family to attend college, and poised to pursue a career in public health.Read More

College Acceptances...So Far

College Acceptances...So Far

February 12th, 2014

Click the image on the left to see some of the colleges to which Senior Fellows have been accepted so far this school year. We expect the good news to continue as spring approaches and more college and scholarship decisions roll in.Read More

Wanted: Incredible Students

Wanted: Incredible Students

February 12th, 2014

Recruitment for 2014-2015 has begun! BRYC is gearing up to compose its largest class to date of over 80 Fellows. Know any students that would be a good fit? Click on Darren (left) for a brief overview of BRYC's recruitment efforts and application process for next school year.Read More

Video Spotlight

Video Spotlight

February 12th, 2014

BRYC was one of 40 organizations nationwide to win a $25K grant through the State Farm Neighborhood Assist program. The money funds a matched internship program for our students called Training The Future. As the only Louisiana winner, I think we made an impression. Of the 40 winning projects nationwide, ours was chosen for a State Farm video spotlight. Click the image on the left to see the video!Read More

"Without BRYC, I simply wouldn't be where I am today."

October 8th, 2013

It started with one. Myeshia met Dan Kahn when she was a sophomore at Belaire High School and he a social studies teacher. The timing couldn’t have been better. It was Kahn’s fourth year teaching -- his second at Belaire -- and he was deeply frustrated by the barriers blocking his students from the high caliber of opportunities they could attain with proper support. Myeshia was at her breaking point, too.Read More

Fall Retreat 2013

Fall Retreat 2013

October 8th, 2013

Let’s be honest. We weren’t quite sure how it would go driving 50 teens and 12 chaperones three hours away to spend a weekend in the woods. With two buses, considerably more Fellows than ever before, and a new retreat destination, questions lingered. But those questions were answered emphatically and affirmatively when we arrived at Camp Henry S. Jacobs in Utica, Mississippi at 9PM on Friday, September 20. It was the start of an epic retreat.Read More

"I learned more about college in two days at BRYC than in three years at my high school."

October 8th, 2013

Start your engines! BRYC programs were launched on August 3, 2013, the earliest kickoff in our history. We began with our first ever College Boot Camp, a two-day training for all Senior Fellows on the nuts and bolts of the college application process. Kyra Young, BRYC’s first in-house College Counselor, ran the camp, covering everything from the Common Application and securing recommendations to scholarships and the financial aid process. Students left grateful to have BRYC’s support and, unsurprisingly, slightly overwhelmed by the journey to come. Excitement prevailed. Beatrice remarked, “I learned more about college in two days at BRYC than in three years at my high school.”Read More

BRYC Launches First Ever Parent Board of Directors

BRYC Launches First Ever Parent Board of Directors

October 8th, 2013

Since inception, parent engagement has been a cornerstone of BRYC. When our staff is in sync with our parent and guardians -- sharing feedback and information, and collaborating to mobilize resources -- not only is our community stronger, but more importantly, our Fellows are doubly supported. We knew, though, that mobilizing nearly 150 parents would be a challenge in 2013-2014.Read More

Message from Lucas Spielfogel, Executive Director

Message from Lucas Spielfogel, Executive Director

October 8th, 2013

I am pleased to present our fall 2013 newsletter! We appreciate you taking time to learn about the great work being done at BRYC. As always, there is much to report. In the last four months, we sent fourteen Alumni to college on over $1 million in scholarships, recruited our largest class to date of 75 Fellows, added five staff members, launched our 2013-2014 programs, and took our Fellows on an unforgettable fall retreat. And I’ve barely scratched the surface.Read More

BRYC Staff Impact

BRYC Staff Impact

October 8th, 2013

Keshia joined BRYC in August 2013 as the Director of Academics and Programs, the overseer of our leadership, academic and college support services. We could not be more fortunate to have such a dedicated team member running such a critical part of BRYC’s operation.Read More

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