Brayan Pelayo

Youth Law Academy Program Coordinator

Brayan Pelayo serves as the Program Coordinator for the Youth Law Academy (YLA). Prior to joining Centro Legal de la Raza, Brayan was an intern with Motivating Individual Leadership for Public Advancement (MILPA) and previously worked at the W. Haywood Burns Institute as an Administrative Program Associate. Both positions focused on strategies to address and dismantle structural racism in juvenile justice systems across the nation. As a formerly incarcerated youth he received his GED from juvenile hall, earned two A.A. degrees from College of San Mateo, and graduated from U.C. Berkeley in 2014 with a degree in Peace and Conflict Studies. While attending Cal, he worked as a College Advisor Aide with U.C. Berkeley’s Pre-College TRiO Talent Search program where he provided services to students that included academic advising, mentoring, and college admissions awareness. Brayan’s challenges did not stop him from becoming an expert in college admissions, and he is excited to work with students to help them overcome their challenges.