The word trauma is used to describe distressing event(s) that may have long lasting, harmful effect on a person’s physical and emotional healthy and well-being. According to the SAMHSA, trauma can stem from childhood abuse or neglect, grief and loss, witnessing acts of violence, forms of violence, physical, emotional, or sexual abuse, and various sources of distress as well as historical trauma.
The Alicia R. Pruitt Foundation was founded to instill hope and provide support to underserved youth who are overcoming traumatic life events and living in trauma-prone communities. We provide scholarships, sponsorships, and bridge the resource gap to students for post-secondary preparation and career readiness.
In cities like Flint, MI and Chicago, IL, the youth in underserved communities are more likely to experience or be exposed to traumatic activities. Youth who experience trauma become fragile but aren’t broken. Without the proper help and support, they can lose their way.
We are dedicated to changing the narrative of how our young people, living in trauma-prone communities, are seen and the opportunities available to them. The Foundation provides the resources that strengthened students need to elevate from the most challenging, devastating experiences of their lives. We help them develop, grow, and provide support for them to tenaciously continue their education and become productive, hopeful members of society.
The organization was founded in 2019 by BriElle Bryson, the youngest child of Alicia Rose Pruitt who unexpectedly passed due to sarcoidosis in 2017 – just a week before her 50th birthday. BriElle started the foundation knowing firsthand the emotional and financial impact that the wake of various traumas can have on a young adult in furthering their education and evolving in their professional career.
Alicia Rose Pruitt was born March 8, 1967 in Flint, Michigan. She always excelled in her academics, and as an adult was always enrolled in graduate or doctoral courses. After receiving a Bachelor’s Degree from University of Michigan - Flint, she went on to earn an MBA with a focus in Accounting. Alicia was a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Entrepreneur and Businesswoman. She chose to engage with her home community by starting ASAP Accounting, a firm focused on helping many with tax return preparation and remediation of delinquent taxes.
Alicia R. Pruitt was a mother of three and she was the true definition of God’s love. She was a woman of strength, resilience, and love with an outgoing nature. Alicia was always encouraging her children to reach for the stars using an education and a "never give up" attitude. Despite being in a city of limited resources, she saw education as a means to rise above. As a result, all three of her children were honor students, graduated from top universities, and have seen success in their respective careers.
God called Alicia home just shy of her 50th birthday. She was a caring mother, wife, sister, and daughter and she will forever be in our hearts.
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