Three participants of the BRCC Upward Bound TRIO Program – 11th graders Skyla Barton and A’Keiriyah Brown and 12th grader Devonte Jackson – joined nearly 200 high school student delegates to attend the National Student Leadership Congress (NSLC) in Washington, D.C. During the rigorous, weeklong event, the students examined policy issues such as net neutrality, human cloning, border security and online privacy, discussed viewpoints for and against those issues, and researched, wrote, debated, and developed legislative bills. The students also met with Senator Dr. Bill Cassidy to discuss the benefits of the TRIO Upward Bound Program and to share how the program is helping them to achieve their educational goals.
During the NLSC week, the students sleep, study and dine on the campus of Georgetown University, engage in conflict resolution workshops, and diversity training, and visit historical and cultural sites.
The TRIO program at BRCC has been federally funded since 2007 and serves students who attend McKinley, Capitol, and East Feliciana High Schools. For more information about TRIO at BRCC, contact (225) 216-8136.
PHOTO: A’Keiriyah Brown, Skyla Barton, Senator Cassidy, and Jevonte Jackson