Lawrese Brown ’02 inspired students in Morning Circle last week, encouraging them to consider their education as an “investment” in themselves and to believe that “anything is possible if you want it badly enough.” She told students that every experience, no matter good or bad, “allows you to get better” and that “what only seems bad will get better and build you for the future.” She suggested students “find people who will support you” and to “support others rather than shame them.” Students were motivated and energized by Lawrese’s speech!
After graduating from Link, Lawrese, who had been a NJSEEDs scholar, attended Westover School, a boarding school in Connecticut. She earned a B.A. from Gettysburg College and now is enrolled in New York University’s graduate school, pursuing a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership, Advocacy and Politics. Lawrese runs her own business – Brown Coaching and Consulting LLC, an organization that creates learning partnerships with organizations, colleges and community groups to promote confidence, resiliency and achievement. She has facilitated workshops for students at the boys and Girls Club, Step Up, Big Brothers Big Sisters and other organizations serving youth. Link is so pleased that Lawrese returned to share her experiences beyond middle school and her advice with our students.