17 May Congratulations Kamarie Brown: Jordan Brand Wings’ Scholar Class of 2025
Community Coalition (CoCo) is excited to announce that Kamarie Brown has been selected as one of the Jordan Brand Wings Scholars Program awardees of the Class of 2025’s. Brown, who is currently a senior at Crenshaw High School STEMM Magnet, has been an active member of CoCo’s South Central Youth Empower through Action (SCYEA) since the 9th-grade. She has fought for school equity and increased funding for LA’s highest-need schools and pushed to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline.
“We’re in this time when systems are changing, minds are expanding, and Black and Brown communities are shifting the paradigm,’ says Brown.
As a youth organizer and advocate, not to mention the 2021 Student Member of the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Board of Education, Kamarie has been a staunch representative for students of color who have been severely impacted by learning loss during the pandemic. Recently, Kamarie successfully got a Mental Health Week resolution passed by the Board as just one part of her robust plan for student-centered engagement.
“I take student feedback directly to the [school] Board. They need to hear what’s going on from our perspective. I know for me and others we felt unsafe and in the shadows, under-resourced and undervalued,” Brown states passionately.
For the past several years, the Jordan Brand Wings Scholars Program has been committed to providing funding and the necessary resources for aspiring college students to pursue their dreams on the college campuses of their choice. Since 2015, 1,800 students have received gap scholarships in North America and Greater China. To be eligible for the program, students must be nominated by one of the 30 Jordan Brand Wings Scholars’ global partners, of which Community Coalition is one. Candidates complete applications that detail their leadership, community service, and their alignment with the partner organization’s values. The Jordan Brand committee selects awardees.
More than just money, Wings Scholars also receive one-on-one mentorship and internship opportunities with Jordan Brand throughout their college tenure.
“The scholarship is going to unlock doors I feel were shut from the get-go. In the Fall, I will be attending Spelman College as a sociology major. … I am so honored to receive this [scholarship], and I’m not going to disappoint anybody. Look out because Kamarie is on her way!”
Finishing her senior year, Kamarie is enrolled in Advanced Placement and Honors classes at Crenshaw and is at the top of her class with a 4.4 grade-point average. In the future, she plans on becoming a juvenile defense attorney because she has a passion for working with young people.
Watch Kamarie get her surprise from the Jordan Brand Wings Scholars Program.