We know that improvement takes more than just one day or one event, so we have taken on building bridges across some issues that we are passionate about. Our initiatives are year around events and efforts that we engage in, and go beyond our annual events. They are designed to start conversations and create positive changes over certain issues. They also give community members an opportunity to be a part of our efforts. You will find the dates, times, and details on our events page. We hope to inspire others to do what they can to bring our community closer together.
Journey together is a program in which local scholarship recipients are paired with a mentor that will help guide and support them during their college journey. We believe that not only are we investing in the scholarship recipients, but we are also committing to the well being of our community.
-IHB Initiative Lead: Andrea Alvarado
Belong in Bryan is an initiative focused on helping the new residents, or potentially new residents, of Bryan get plugged into the community. We want everyone to feel welcomed and truly feel a part of this wonderful community from the beginning. We love having new people move here from other towns, states, and even countries. We want to make Bryan a home for everyone, and keep our new friends here in our community. You belong in Bryan, let us show you!
-IHB Team Lead: Kristin Strother
Historically, police and members of the LGBTQ+ community have not had a good relationship. Bryan is no different, but Bryan Police Department is making strides to bridge the gap between marginalized populations. Our community hasn't always been the safest place for members of our LGBTQ+ community. I Heart Bryan aims to create safe, family friendly events for all members of our community, including our LGBTQ+ citizens, while helping to bring members of our police department closer to all members of our society. Bryan Police Chief, Eric Buske, believes that "no citizen should feel unsafe to live in our community."
-IHB Initiative Leads: Jai & Mallori Girard
A group of Bryan ISD kids joined together to spread kindness in their school, but their hearts soon grew to want to spread kindness beyond those walls. They asked us for help for an event they wanted to create, and we soon realized they really are the change we wish to see in the world. We made them a permanent part of IHB to support and help them in all their endeavors and initiatives beyond the walls of their schools.
-Team Lead: Carmen Garcia