Local group pushes teens to excel

POSTED: Monday, January 30, 2012 - 10:09pm

UPDATED: Monday, January 30, 2012 - 10:10pm

Jerlisa Robinson ranks fourth in her senior class at Tara High. Her success makes her a perfect candidate for the Baton Rouge youth coalition.

"We need to make sure and show them the way," said Daniel Kahn, founder and executive director of the Baton Rouge Youth Coalition.

After four years teaching in Baton Rouge, Kahn founded the youth coalition looking for the most motivated students across East Baton Rouge Parish, preparing them for leadership roles in high school and beyond.

"Helped me in so many ways," said Robinson about the program. "Not just education-wise, but home-wise, and they'll always be there home-wise."

"I realized there were students with all the talent and drive, but not the support system I did," Kahn said.

While providing college preparation skills are important, the support system provided for students cannot be overlooked.

Once accepted to the BRYC, it becomes a commitment. Tesia Burton was working on her college application Monday, hoping to get accepted to Spelman in the fall.

"They help you get into college, but that's not all," Burton said. "It's a life monitoring program."

"Looking for leaders in their own lives, in the community, and eventually gloabally," Kahn said.

The Baton Rouge Youth Coalition is a non-profit organization. If you would like to help them out, click here.

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