Brooklyn Jo Branson
Called Jo by her friends, Brooklyn is a dynamic and gifted young adult who graduated from Sage Creek High School with a 4.67 GPA. Teachers described her as a passionate leader who can facilitate tough conversations focused on race, policing, and the impact of the pandemic on Black people. She speaks her truth with confidence and empathy. During high school, she thrived in academic, social justice organizations, community endeavors, film production, and theater.
Brooklyn was Co-President of the Black Student Union (BSU). She worked to strengthen its mission statement, provide more outreach to students of color, and establish a sense of community within the school. In the National Honors Society, her focus was on maintaining her grade point average to meet her academic goals. In the Youth Council of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Brooklyn helped organize and run significant events, contributed to community service outreach, and spoke at school board and city council meetings. Jo also engaged with policymakers such as Congressmen Mike Levin. As a Global Ambassador, she attended intensive leadership training with the North County African American Women’s Association (NCAAWA). Jo assisted in hosting the first reproductive justice digital art show as a member of the North County San Diego Womxn’s March (NCSD). As part of the drama department, she served as Assistant Stage Manager from 2019-2020 and the Director of Cinematography from 2020-2021.
Brooklyn has been accepted to all the universities to which she applied, and once she decides, will major in filmmaking and minor in screenwriting. As a young filmmaker with a vision, Brooklyn Jo aims to diversify the movie industry. Her goal and desire are for film enthusiasts of diverse groups to discuss the intricacies of the film with varied and authentic casts and contribute to the integration of racial, gender, and ethnic minorities in motion picture media as a whole. In her movies, boundaries will be pushed as LGBTQIA+ and People of Color (POC) tell her stories just like she intended.