Chelsea Werner, Director of College Counseling
Chelsea came to BRYC as a volunteer College Mentor to two wonderful Fellows before joining the team full-time. As Director of College Counseling, she manages a cohort of nearly 100 Senior Fellows as they navigate the college application process, as well as their one-to-one College Mentors.
Originally from Fort Collins, Colorado, Chelsea attended the University of Miami where she earned her B.A. in Marine Affairs and Policy with minors in Biology, Sociology, and Economics. After earning her degree, she served as an AmeriCorps VISTA and led community service initiatives in the Little Havana, Liberty City, and Overtown neighborhoods of greater Miami. During this time, she also began mentoring young men involved in the criminal justice system through a program called Empowered Youth and developed a strong interest in how our justice system functions — or doesn’t, as it were. Chelsea returned to the University of Miami a year later to earn her M.S. in Marine Affairs and Policy with a focus on Youth Environmental Education Programs. She also spent time as a Resident Scientist in a local middle school through a National Science Foundation fellowship and tutored in the athletic department at U-Miami in her spare time. After completing her thesis, Chelsea joined Teach for America South Louisiana and moved to Baton Rouge to teach middle school science for four years.