BRYC allowed me to not only understand the importance of my future but set real goals for it. - Markayla

BRYC Overview

Mission

The Baton Rouge Youth Coalition prepares high-achieving, under-resourced high school students to enter, excel in, and graduate from college so they can become full participants in society.

Vision

BRYC will offer its Fellows individualized academic, personal, leadership and college support services that are equal or superior to the services available to their most resourced peers.

History

BRYC was founded in 2009 when Daniel Kahn, then a high school teacher, recognized that even his highest-achieving students lacked the resources they needed to realize college success.

Philosophy

The Baton Rouge Youth Coalition promotes intellectual and emotional exploration and risk-taking by offering programs that allow students to think and express themselves freely. Our primary aims are cultivating Fellows’ intellectual curiosities, guiding them toward greater self-awareness and self-acceptance, and fostering a space in which we all can develop a critical consciousness. Success in the college application process is crucial, and to that end, Fellows are asked to perform at a high level in a variety of ways. But BRYC’s main goal is to help students become critical and creative thinkers, and thoughtful, resilient, engaged citizens.

BRYC Programs: The Three C‘s

BRYC Programs Overview 2018-2019

College

We provide Fellows with ACT prep, tutoring, and academic coaching, and help them to enter, pay for, transition to, and graduate from their dream colleges.

Consciousness

Through discussion and writing, we help Fellows develop self-awareness and confidence and gain an understanding of different injustices in society.

Community

We connect Fellows to valuable resources in BRYC and beyond, and we foster a supportive, engaged community of motivated peers and caring adults.

Development Team

Lucas Spielfogel
Leigh Phillips

Operations and Recruitment Team

Laura Hawkes

College Team

LaShawn Robertson
Chelsea Werner
Dani Klein
A’Shonte Johnson

Academics Team

Lauren Perkins
Koryne Cage

Community Team

Josh Howard
Antone LeBlanc
Bree Spielfogel
Jalyn Smith
Katelyn Guillory

Consciousness Team

Michelle Myers
Story Baquet

Board Members

Lisa Adamek

  • Lisa’s term on the board began 4/18 and shall continue until April 2021.

Kevin Knobloch, Treasurer

  • Managing Director – Investments, Wells Fargo Advisors
  • Kevin’s term on the board began 9/17 and shall continue until September 2020.

Sarah Kracke, Interim Chair

  • Owner & President, Kracke Consulting
  • Sarah’s term on the board began 10/15 and shall continue until October 2018.

Jay Noland

  • Owner, Noland Development, LLC
  • Jay’s term on the board began 2/16 and shall continue until February 2019.

Zaheer Poptani

  • Financial Advisor and Chief Compliance Officer, Dent Asset Management
  • Zaheer’s term on the board began 11/18 and shall continue until November 2021.

Linda Orlansky Posner

  • Linda’s term on the board began 4/18 and shall continue until April 2021.