Program sends dozen to college, looking for more


POSTED: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 8:29pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 9:08pm

It's called the BRYC House. An unassuming building on North Street in downtown Baton Rouge, but inside, big plans for college and beyond are underway for dozens of Baton Rouge youth.

"Rising 10th, 11th, and 12th-graders, who're hard working, ambitious, dedicated, and looking to be successful in life," said BRYC Executive Director Daniel Kahn, about his program. "Put them in a college and leadership program."

BRYC is an acronym for the Baton Rouge Youth Coalition. Founded by Kahn, with a mission of providing hard-working teens with resources for college. Teens like Jeronda Scott, a Scottlandville High grad who is part of the BRYC program. She's now headed to Clark University on a full scholarship.

"I've learned so much," Scott said. "They make me more conscious about life. I grew a lot as a person. I used to be more shy."

After successfully landing 27 teens scholarships at universities around the country this year, BRYC is looking to add more students for next year and expand to sophomores as well. Typical days include ACT prep and one-on-one mentoring.

"BRYC is a life-changing organization for me," said BRYC member and worker, Reginald Miller. "I'm a better person because of it."

Miller was an active member while at the EBR Lab. He's now a sophomore at Loyola, back for the summer to help recruit qualified new students.

"We want to make sure that our young people in our program are taken seriously on day one, trained as leaders on day two, and and graduate as leaders 1,000 days down the road," said Kahn.

Click here if you would like more information on how to apply for the Baton Rouge Youth Coalition.

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