Brielle Giesemann| High School Coordinator

Brielle GiesemannBrielle is thrilled to serve as the West Valley High School Coordinator with the Be A Leader Foundation, supporting clubs and schools throughout the region and facilitating workshops with the Be A Leader High School program and 8th grade program for the Murphy Elementary School District.

 

Born and raised in Phoenix, Brielle graduated from Thunderbird High School in 2010. Throughout her childhood, the importance of access and equity, education, volunteerism, and civic engagement were taught in her household and community. After moving to Flagstaff to attend Northern Arizona University, she grew more involved with environmental and food justice issues, as well as in the fields of gender, sexuality, and feminism, as she was introduced to community organizing. Brielle co-founded NAU Collegetown, a leadership, social justice, and diversity conference, organizing and implementing the campus’ first spring conference. There, she realized her passion for mentorship. She also mentored domestic and international first year students transitioning to college and on academic probation as an Academic Success Coach. Brielle completed a year of fellowship with Young People For, a national network of progressive young activists, with whom she would volunteer as a mentor in the following years. Brielle graduated from NAU in 2014 with BAs in Spanish and sociology, and a minor in philosophy. Following graduation, Brielle moved to Medellín, Colombia to be an English teaching assistant at a university with a Fulbright grant. Completely taken with the classroom and working with young people, she remained in Medellín through the end of 2015 to work at SENA (Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaje), Colombia’s pioneering model of vocational education. 

 

         Brielle is a recent graduate of Valle del Sol’s Hispanic Leadership Institute, class of 2017. She also serves on the committee for the Immigrant Scholarship Hustle, mentors through ALAS, a civic engagement and education program, and mentors through Aid to the Adoption of Special Kids, a program for youth in the foster care system. Brielle is jazzed to have returned to her Phoenix roots to work with the incredible students of the West Valley so that all, regardless of immigration status, socioeconomic circumstances, race, and ethnicity, have the opportunity to achieve a post-secondary education. 

 

 

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