BRYC is a free program that helps students succeed in high school, earn degrees, and secure jobs.


Best-in-class. Best out of class.

The Baton Rouge Youth Coalition is a community of dedicated students and caring adults working together to advance equity through access to higher education. BRYC exists because lower-income students of color are systemically blocked from the American Dream: the ability to convert education into personal and professional opportunity. For us, that journey starts early. Our 8th-12th grade Fellows attend weekly after-school programs that help them improve their grades, conquer the ACT, and affordably enter community, technical, or four-year colleges. It doesn’t end there. BRYC helps Fellows persist in college and launch into careers, maximizing the economic value of their degrees. Above all, BRYC is a village, a tribe, a safety net — a vast web of resources and relationships that Fellows can count on forever. There’s always room in the BRYC Community, and we hope you will join us.

Language Matters

  • Fellows: Our amazing 8th-12th grade students
  • College Fellows: college students
  • Alumni: professionals and/or college graduates
  • Guardians: Fellows’ parents and primary caregivers
  • VIPs: Our dedicated volunteers
  • Team: Our passionate employees


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What Fellows, Guardians, and VIPs are saying about BRYC:

“The BRYC experience is amazing. It’s a full support system where everyone knows your name and truly cares about you.”

Aarinii P., Fellow

“I absolutely love this program. I appreciate all that you do to help the students, especially the seniors, with getting into and prepared for college.”

Christy C., Guardian

“I’m thankful for y’all, and I’m happy that y’all encourage students and people every day to keep going with positive energy.”

Darius D., Fellow

“This organization has done so much for my family. I’m so proud of how it’s grown and what BRYC does for the youth of Baton Rouge.”

Melynda P., Guardian

“I really appreciate how organized and smooth everything runs at BRYC. All the sessions are planned extremely well.”

Ranna O., Mentor

“BRYC does an excellent job of assisting Fellows with the logistical side of preparing to take the ACT. The most effective aspect is the real practice experience Fellows get.”

Paxson G., Mentor

BRYC's COVID-19 Response

Within days of the March 2020 lockdown, BRYC restructured in-person programs to function 100 percent virtually, continuing into and through the 2021-2022 school year with electric virtual sessions. Our team made zero excuses, training to master the exceptionally difficult and specific skill of online instruction. Meanwhile, we helped our families weather resource gaps exacerbated by the pandemic. We distributed laptops and WiFi hotspots to ensure virtual learning equity; raised $50,000 in microgrants for families facing income loss or increased health expenses; and hosted a vaccine event for Fellows. After one fully virtual year (2020-2021) and one hybrid year (2021-2022), BRYC welcomed all Fellows and volunteers back to campus for the 2022-2023 school year. We will continue to adapt and innovate so that nothing prevents the BRYC Community from accessing our services. Learn more about BRYC’s COVID-19 response.

Fellows and VIPs wear masks during COVID-19