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Brandan Persaud | Generation Hope | Episode 1

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Welcome to “Generation Hope” a new podcast from In this podcast, host Cali Bronkema is looking for stories of hope in the lives of young adults. This season, she speaks with people who were just starting out their professional careers in education, healthcare and service fields when hit with a global pandemic.

Our first guest is Brandan Persaud, a special education teacher and leader of professional development related to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Aside from teaching, Brandan is an education leadership and policy doctoral candidate at American University, a newly appointed adjunct professor at American University, and a TeacherPreneur. 

Cali Bronkema is currently serving as the Director of Children and Youth Ministries at First Presbyterian Church of Arlington, VA. Prior to that, she served at Johnsonburg Presbyterian Camp and Conference Center, and in 2019 she graduated from American University with a Bachelor’s in Communications, Law, Economics and Government. When somebody asks her about how she came up with the idea for Generation Hope, she responds “I see hope in my generation all the time through my friends and acquaintances. I thought it would be selfish to keep all of that information to myself when I have a platform that I can share it through. We’re the generation who started school around 9/11 and ended school during Covid-19, and we have some great stories to share.”


“I don’t have all fo the answers and I make that known, but I am able to give that support, that environment where students feel safe, and they are able to reciprocate that for me as an educator.” – Brandan Persaud

Generation Hope is a podcast from; which is a new worshiping community of the Presbyterian Church (USA) unbound by location coming together at the intersection of creativity, spirituality and justice.

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