BRYC 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 provides Fellows the best college-preparatory and persistence resources money can buy — for free so they can maximize the value of their degrees, build wealth, and interrupt generational poverty cycles.


BRYC was founded in 2009 when a group of high school teachers, led by Daniel Kahn and Sam Joel, recognized that even their highest-achieving students lacked the resources they needed to realize college success.


In 2021-2022 BRYC will serve 300 high schoolers with an eye toward our 2024-2025 goal of having 500 Fellows annually at our downtown Baton Rouge campus. We also will support 300 College Fellows across 50 schools, augmenting BRYC’s college persistence and career services. Simultaneously BRYC is exploring ways to make our services available to considerably more youth across Baton Rouge and Louisiana. We are incredibly proud that our 438 alumni persist in college at a rate of 75 percent, and we are committed to sustainable growth that preserves the integrity of BRYC’s impact.


9th/10th Transition

Start high school strong


ACT Preparation

Boost ACT scores


College Access

Enter and pay for college


Program Support Team

Lucas Spielfogel
Laura Hawkes
Candace Daymond
A’Shonte Johnson
Kamesha Brumfield

College Team

Chelsea Werner
Michelle Myers
Connor Gonzales
John Belmontez

ACT Learning Team

Leigh Phillips
Elin Hawkinson
Aareena Dhillon
Elizabeth Gardner

Underclassmen Learning Team

Allie Diefendorf
Brei Gage
Rachel Stevens

Community Team

Josh Howard
Christi Brown

Board Members

Lisa Adamek

  • Attorney; activist; community servant

Francisca Adjei

  • English as a Second Language Coordinator, McKinley High School

Jessica Tucker-Baghian

  • CEO, Roxton Strategies, LLC; Principal, Watershed Advisors

Nigel Fontenot

  • Associate, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

Kevin Knobloch

  • Managing Director – Investments, Wells Fargo Advisors

Sarah Kracke

  • Owner & President, Kracke Consulting

Dave Luecke

  • Chemical Plant Manager, ExxonMobil

Mikki Ceasar Mathews

  • Vice President of Public Finance Investment Banking, Piper Sandler & Co.

Chaunda Allen Mitchell, PhD

  • Executive Director, Diversity and Inclusion / Director of Drug Policy, Office of Governor John Bel Edwards

Jay Noland

  • Owner, Noland Development, LLC

Jennifer Perkins

  • Senior Consultant, Emergent Method LLC

Zaheer Poptani

  • Financial Advisor and Chief Compliance Officer, Dent Wealth Advisors

Linda Orlansky Posner

  • Attorney; activist; community servant

Corey Wilson

  • Superintendent, East Baton Rouge Parish Recreation and Park Commission (BREC)