Welcome, Leigh Phillips!

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Leigh Phillips, BRYC

Leigh joins the BRYC Community as our first Director of Development and Communications! In this role, she will provide critical fundraising support and manage all of BRYC’s internal and external communications. Leigh will officially begin her work with BRYC in June. 

Leigh Phillips’ Education

Leigh is a Sulphur, Louisiana native and first-generation college graduate of LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication. She was a 2013 Teach For America-South Louisiana corps member who taught fifth grade English language arts and social studies in Ascension Parish. Leigh is currently a founding humanities teacher and fifth grade team lead at Baton Rouge College Prep Charter School. Her passions include her rescue dogs, Pippa and Gertrude, and all things LSU. Leigh has volunteered with BRYC as both a Freshman and College Mentor and is thrilled to become a full-time member of the BRYC team!

Fellowship Banquet: Class of 2016 Celebration and Sendoff

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Senior year in BRYC is a grind. For twelve months starting the June after 11th-grade year, Senior Fellows spend hundreds of hours prepping for the ACT, researching and visiting colleges, writing essays, securing recommendation letters, applying for scholarships, and completing the many other parts of the college application process. For their hard work, our Seniors deserved a celebration!

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The Wave: Youth-Led Justice

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At 12:35am on Tuesday, July 5, 2016, Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old Black man, was shot several times at close range while being held on the ground by two white Baton Rouge Police Department officers in front of Triple S Food Mart on the corner of North Foster Drive and Fairfields Avenue in North Baton Rouge.

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New Faces at the BRYC House

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Jourden Martin, known around the House as “MJ,” joined BRYC in June 2016 as the Director of Operations. In this role, she oversees three main realms: 1) daily operations, 2) Fellow recruitment, admissions, and matriculation, 3) and volunteer coordination. Jourden also works with the BRYC Youth Government and serves as a College Mentor to one of our Senior Fellows.

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BRYC Open 8/15 + Important Announcements

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Dear BRYC Family,

The BRYC staff stands in solidarity with you during this trying time. We know that many have experienced tremendous loss, and we are writing to say we are here — today, tomorrow, and in the weeks and months ahead as we rebuild.

As you know, schools are closed Monday and Tuesday. We do not know about the rest of the week yet. BRYC will be open Monday (8/15) and Tuesday (8/16) from 9am-5pm. Fellows who can safely make it to BRYC are encouraged to come and enjoy community, food (breakfast & lunch), and a break from the rain. If you can’t make it physically, join us live on Google hangout. We will send updates about our Wednesday-Friday schedule soon.

BRYC is working to help families who have experienced loss. We will be holding a “Closet Clean-Out” to collect donations for flood victims; we are coordinating with supply centers to collect essential resources; finally, we will be raising money to help Fellows purchase school supplies. More to come soon on all of this.

South Louisiana is a landscape forged by history and water, as the water ebbs and flows and we stand at the threshold of loss, remember that nothing rises above our strength, hope, and collective commitment to putting one foot in front of the other — in the direction of healing and recovery.

With love, with you,
The BRYC Staff