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

BRYC Overview


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.


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.


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.


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.

The BRYC Model is Built On:

Core Programs

Weekly, grade-specific programs focused on where Fellows are in their personal and academic development.

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Support Programs

Non-grade-specific scholastic, non-academic, and community-building opportunities open to all Fellows.

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Support Services

Specialized services BRYC offers to all Fellows to ensure they can be academically and personally successful.

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Development Team

Lucas Spielfogel, Executive Director of BRYC
Lucas Spielfogel
leigh phillips, baton rouge youth coalition
Leigh Phillips
Aaron Randolph, Director of Sophomore Programs, BRYC
Aaron Randolph

Operations and Recruitment Team

Laura Hawkes
Emily Palermo

College Team

LaShawn Robertson, Managing Director of College Programs
LaShawn Robertson
Josh W. Howard, Director of College and Alumni Affairs
Josh Howard
chelsea werner, Associate Director of College Programs, Baton Rouge Youth Coalition
Chelsea Werner
Kourtney Baker
Sonia K. Wagner

Academics Team

Lauren Robinson, Managing Director of Academic Programs
Lauren Robinson
Michelle Myers
Jess Cobb
Koryne Cage

Community and Consciousness Team

Nicole Quinn, Operations and Recruitment Coordinator for Baton Rouge Coalition
Nicole Quinn
Jahi Mackey
Moon Muhammed
Vanessa Egerton

Board Members

Lani L. Gholston, Chairwoman

  • Senior Operations Associate, AARP Louisiana State Office
  • Lani’s term on the board began 1/16 and shall continue until January 2019.

Kevin Knobloch

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

Sarah Kracke

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

John B. (Jay) Noland

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

Kevin Smith

  • Assistant Director, Louisiana Automobile Theft & Insurance Fraud Prevention Authority
  • Kevin’s term on the board began 5/15 and shall continue until May 2018.

Christopher J. Tyson, Chairman Emeritus

  • Assistant professor, LSU’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center
  • Christopher’s term on the board began 11/16 and shall continue until November 2019.

Sonia K. Wagner

  • CEO / Consultant, SK Wagner & Associates College Financial Aid Consulting
  • Sonia’s term on the board began 1/17 and shall continue until January 2020.

Corporate & Foundation Sponsors