The stated goal of the Soledad O’Brien & Brad Raymond Foundation is to provide young women with a bridge between obstacles and opportunity, giving them the experiences, education and resources to overcome unexpected barriers to success.
During Soledad's career as a reporter and special correspondent for CNN, she mentored hundreds of girls in journalism, believing in the importance of passing on her own knowledge and teaching others that they too can succeed.
"This foundation is a natural evolution of that", says her husband, Brad Raymond. Soledad's best friend, Kim Bondy, who is on the board of the Soledad O'Brien and Brad Raymond Foundation, called Soledad several years ago and told her there was a girl named Alexia, in New Orleans, who needed a scholarship. "Kids in New Orleans had a lot of needs, and they just needed opportunities, and needed chances, and so we said yes," said Soledad. Soledad and Brad immediately decided they would help Alexia. This initial scholarship has grown into over 10 scholarships for young girls across the United States to complete their educational pursuits.Watch a video on how the Foundation began.