Baton Rouge Youth Coalition

The Baton Rouge Youth Coalition prepares high-achieving, under-resourced high school students to enter, excel in, and graduate from college so they can become full participants in society.

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Address: 460 N. 11th St.
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Phone Number: 225-456-5752
BRYC was founded in 2009 when a high school teacher realized that even his brightest, hardest-working students lacked the resources they needed to enter and graduate from college. BRYC started with a few students meeting after school and this school year serves 250 high-achieving, under-resourced high school "Fellows" who represent five parishes. BRYC also supports its 215 college students and graduates, more than 80 percent of whom currently attend or have graduated from 50 colleges across 18 states. BRYC's college persistence rate beats the national average for low-income students, which unfortunately 11 percent, and our amazing alumni have collectively earned more than $16.5 million in scholarships.

In 2017-2018, BRYC is serving 250 high school "Fellows" through the following resources:
• 1:1 mentorship throughout the college application and financial aid processes
• 50:1 student-to-college counselor ratio
• Robust college essay guidance through classes and a drop-in writing center
• Comprehensive ACT preparation program with unlimited full-length practice tests
• 1:1 tutoring in all subjects available Monday through Thursday by appointment
• Coverage of college application and ACT registration and score report fees
• Financial aid support and financial assistance with college transition fees
• College tours to Georgia, North Carolina, Texas, and northern Louisiana
• College-level discussion seminars on key social justice issues
• Monthly "Community Conversations" on current events
• A community of supportive peers and a team of caring, qualified staff and volunteers

Postsecondary support: In March 2017, BRYC hired a Director of Persistence and Partnerships, our first full-time staff member who focuses on supporting Fellows after they graduate high school. The DPP offers three main services:
• Supporting graduating Senior Fellows through their college transitions
• Connecting our "College Fellows" to helpful on-campus resources and services
• Building an active and engaged College Fellow and Alumni network
"BRYC allowed me to not only understand the importance of my future but set real goals for it." -Markayla, Lee Magnet High '18

"I chose BRYC because they saw the potential everyone else saw in me, but only BRYC knew how to help me reach my goals." -Aaliyah, Gates Millenium Scholar, Friendship Capitol High '13, University of Alabama '17

"I chose BRYC because it was filled with some of the most caring adults I had ever met." -Dominique, Belaire High '10, University of Wisconsin-Madison '14

"I chose BRYC because I wanted something more, something different. I found a community that gave me the tools and courage to find myself when I was really lost." -Antone, Scotlandville High '14, Brown University '18