Student Recruitment Fellow at Urban Prep Academies
Krishaun Branch has made “All the Difference” during his journey as a millennial and continues to beat the odds. During his early years, growing up on Chicago’s Southside, in a gang-infested and crime-ridden neighborhood, he was a tough kid who had to fight to stay alive. Higher education was not at the forefront of his mind as he struggled early on in school, but he knew he desired something better for himself, his brother, Devante Carthan and his mother Pamela Boyd. He soon realized that hard work, determination, and perseverance would be the only way to achieve that future and ascend to greatness.
Krishaun enrolled in Urban Prep Academies, an all-male black high school in Chicago that has earned national recognition for consistently preparing 100 percent of its graduates for acceptance into four-year colleges or universities. Krishaun was one of the first Urban Prep students to graduate from college in 2014, earning a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Fisk University. Upon graduating, Krishaun was immediately hired by his alma mater, Urban Prep, as an Urban Prep Fellow in student recruitment where he continues to work today.
Krishaun is one of two Urban Prep students featured in the PBS documentary, “All the Difference,” which follows their journeys from high school through college and very candidly shares their trials, tribulations and triumphs. He is a highly sought-after speaker and panelist for a variety of events and causes surrounding the issues of education, community violence and BYMOC. His journey to walking across the stage to receive his college degree as not easy, as he struggled with financial pressures, loneliness, and self-doubt. It was by keeping Urban Prep’s creed in the forefront of his mind that he was able to persevere. “We believe…. We never fail because we never give up.” He is a member of Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity Incorporated and is the proud father of one son, Krishaun Branch, Jr.