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Jayla Brank

Advisor, Talent Search


  • B.A. - Biology; Psychology, Kentucky State University


Aligning with the mission of the Talent Search program to “encourage students to successfully complete post-secondary education,” I have a passion to assist diverse student populations in becoming competent and successful college students. I currently mentor local students (current and former Talent Search students; middle school and high school) through a service-based organization to familiarize students with the college application process. In addition to my hands-on experience with students, I have helped parents throughout the state of Indiana to connect their children to academic and social resources for the best individual and familial outcomes. In regards to program management and implementation, I have planned, coordinated, directed, and evaluated programs and services for Parks and Recreation for the city of South Bend, which afforded me the opportunity to work with diverse student and family populations. These experiences have deepened my passion to assist youth in a comprehensive way.

Areas of Responsibility

  • Career Academy (Grades 7 – 8)

  • Clay International Academy (Grades 7 – 8)

  • Dickinson Fine Arts Academy (Grades 7 – 8)

  • Edison Middle School (Grades 7 – 8)

  • Navarre Middle School (Grades 7 – 8)

  • Talent Search Summer Academy Coordinator


  • University of Notre Dame Talent Search Alumna

  • Kentucky State University National Alumni Association

  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated

  • FAM Praise and Worship Center


I enjoy spending quality time with family and friends, traveling, shopping, and reading.