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.

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
LaShawn Robertson, Managing Director of College Programs
LaShawn Robertson
Lauren Robinson, Managing Director of Academic Programs
Lauren Robinson
Josh W. Howard, Director of College and Alumni Affairs
Josh Howard
chelsea werner, Associate Director of College Programs, Baton Rouge Youth Coalition
Chelsea Werner
leigh phillips, baton rouge youth coalition
Leigh Phillips
Laura Hawkes
Michelle Myers
Nicole Quinn, Operations and Recruitment Coordinator for Baton Rouge Coalition
Nicole Quinn
Aaron Randolph, Director of Sophomore Programs, BRYC
Aaron Randolph
Jahi Mackey
Kourtney Baker
Emily Palermo
Jess Cobb
Moon Muhammed
Koryne Cage
Sonia K. Wagner
Vanessa Egerton

Operations and Recruitment Team

Lucas Spielfogel, Executive Director of BRYC
Lucas Spielfogel
LaShawn Robertson, Managing Director of College Programs
LaShawn Robertson
Lauren Robinson, Managing Director of Academic Programs
Lauren Robinson
Josh W. Howard, Director of College and Alumni Affairs
Josh Howard
chelsea werner, Associate Director of College Programs, Baton Rouge Youth Coalition
Chelsea Werner
leigh phillips, baton rouge youth coalition
Leigh Phillips
Laura Hawkes
Michelle Myers
Nicole Quinn, Operations and Recruitment Coordinator for Baton Rouge Coalition
Nicole Quinn
Aaron Randolph, Director of Sophomore Programs, BRYC
Aaron Randolph
Jahi Mackey
Kourtney Baker
Emily Palermo
Jess Cobb
Moon Muhammed
Koryne Cage
Sonia K. Wagner
Vanessa Egerton

College Team

Lucas Spielfogel, Executive Director of BRYC
Lucas Spielfogel
LaShawn Robertson, Managing Director of College Programs
LaShawn Robertson
Lauren Robinson, Managing Director of Academic Programs
Lauren Robinson
Josh W. Howard, Director of College and Alumni Affairs
Josh Howard
chelsea werner, Associate Director of College Programs, Baton Rouge Youth Coalition
Chelsea Werner
leigh phillips, baton rouge youth coalition
Leigh Phillips
Laura Hawkes
Michelle Myers
Nicole Quinn, Operations and Recruitment Coordinator for Baton Rouge Coalition
Nicole Quinn
Aaron Randolph, Director of Sophomore Programs, BRYC
Aaron Randolph
Jahi Mackey
Kourtney Baker
Emily Palermo
Jess Cobb
Moon Muhammed
Koryne Cage
Sonia K. Wagner
Vanessa Egerton

Academics Team

Lucas Spielfogel, Executive Director of BRYC
Lucas Spielfogel
LaShawn Robertson, Managing Director of College Programs
LaShawn Robertson
Lauren Robinson, Managing Director of Academic Programs
Lauren Robinson
Josh W. Howard, Director of College and Alumni Affairs
Josh Howard
chelsea werner, Associate Director of College Programs, Baton Rouge Youth Coalition
Chelsea Werner
leigh phillips, baton rouge youth coalition
Leigh Phillips
Laura Hawkes
Michelle Myers
Nicole Quinn, Operations and Recruitment Coordinator for Baton Rouge Coalition
Nicole Quinn
Aaron Randolph, Director of Sophomore Programs, BRYC
Aaron Randolph
Jahi Mackey
Kourtney Baker
Emily Palermo
Jess Cobb
Moon Muhammed
Koryne Cage
Sonia K. Wagner
Vanessa Egerton

Community and Consciousness Team

Lucas Spielfogel, Executive Director of BRYC
Lucas Spielfogel
LaShawn Robertson, Managing Director of College Programs
LaShawn Robertson
Lauren Robinson, Managing Director of Academic Programs
Lauren Robinson
Josh W. Howard, Director of College and Alumni Affairs
Josh Howard
chelsea werner, Associate Director of College Programs, Baton Rouge Youth Coalition
Chelsea Werner
leigh phillips, baton rouge youth coalition
Leigh Phillips
Laura Hawkes
Michelle Myers
Nicole Quinn, Operations and Recruitment Coordinator for Baton Rouge Coalition
Nicole Quinn
Aaron Randolph, Director of Sophomore Programs, BRYC
Aaron Randolph
Jahi Mackey
Kourtney Baker
Emily Palermo
Jess Cobb
Moon Muhammed
Koryne Cage
Sonia K. Wagner
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