Welcome, Chelsea Werner

Chelsea joins the BRYC Community as a College Counseling Director. In this role, she will be working with Ms. LaShawn to support what next year will be a cohort of 100 Senior Fellows as they work to navigate the college application process! Chelsea will officially begin her work with BRYC in June.

Originally from Fort Collins, Colorado, Chelsea attended the University of Miami where she earned her BA in Marine Affairs and Policy with minors in Biology, Sociology, and Economics. After earning her degree, she served as an AmeriCorps VISTA and led community service initiatives in the Little Havana, Liberty City, and Overtown neighborhoods of greater Miami. During this time, she also began mentoring young men involved in the criminal justice system through a program called Empowered Youth and developed a strong interest in how our justice system functions – or doesn’t, as it were. She returned to the University of Miami a year later to earn her MS in Marine Affairs and Policy with a focus on youth environmental education programs. She also spent time as a Resident Scientist in a local middle school through a National Science Foundation fellowship and tutored in the athletic department at U-Miami in her spare time. After completing her thesis, Chelsea joined Teach for America South Louisiana and moved to Baton Rouge to teach middle school science. Over the past two years, she has also served as a College Mentor to two wonderful BRYC Fellows and is extremely excited to support Senior Fellows full-time moving forward. In her free time, she loves to read (Beach Music and Between the World and Me are her favorites), spend time outside near the water, and watch sports.