Mission: Our mission is to ensure that hard-working teens have access to the resources they need to pursue their dreams.
Results: To date, 100% of our Fellows have graduated from high school, with 88% enrolling in college and almost all of them receiving financial aid. Our Fellows have earned over $2,000,000 in scholarships.
Target demographics: We target high-achieving high school students that do not have access to the resources they need to succeed.
Geographic areas served: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Programs: Community program - developed strong and close-knit community to engage parents and fellows in work of supporting each other through college process. Held monthly parents college seminars. Organized social events for more than 100 people, developed a "girls' group" in which 20 young women regularly came together and discussed their thoughts, ideas, and feelings. Organized a graduation for our seniors and engaged parents in the various community programs.
leadership program - helped high school students grow as leaders through regular check-ins and seminars. Provided weekly meals to students and used various program materials to lead students in weekly conversations about leadership, identity, and intellectual development. Additionally, launched a mentoring service-learning project with local middle school students, in which our 10th grade students mentored and supervised 6th graders on a weekly basis, through projects like gardening and making murals.
resources program - took 40 students on college tour in new orleans. Provided 1:1 college tutoring; supported fellows through application and scholarship process; and paid various act registration, score reporting, and college application fees. Our 17 seniors graduated from high school with more than $1 million in external scholarships (e. G. Gates millenium or through school), in addition to financial aid.
BRYC does a phenomenal job bringing out the best in students in our community. They not only provide opportunities for the students to expend their horizons but also provide the community with valuable feedback from the students it serves. Every occasion I have had to work with BRYC students they have blown me away with their ability to express themselves and advocate for what they believe in.
The organization I was moderating, FOCUS (Focusing on College and Unlimited Success) was looking for a community partner to facilitate future stability. BRYC stepped up on short notice and volunteered to help us while allowing us to continue our organization as we have in the past. Thanks to the wonderful staff and students of BRYC!