CNN Hero visits Auburn University with over 100 students from Southeastern states

July 17-18, 2016 – 2016 Brilliant Minds Tour

CNN Hero Estella Pyfrom and her Brilliant Bus and Brilliant Minds Kids Tour will visit the Auburn University campus as part of a program hosted by the Center for Educational Outreach and Engagement, an office of Auburn’s University Outreach division.

The 12-day tour will travel from South Florida to Jackson, Mississippi, giving students from underserved schools educational training and self-help experiences to empower them with life-long learning focusing on technology.  Throughout the tour, students will engage with area professionals and academics, learning computer coding and entrepreneurship.

While at Auburn University students will attend technology workshops and take a campus tour during their stay at the Hotel of Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. In celebration of their commitment to educational improvement there will be a hosted dinner at the Hotel with live music, dinner and dancing.  Featured Auburn University speakers hope to encourage and inspire students to continue their pursuit of technology.

Estella’s Brilliant Bus, formerly known as Project Aspiration, was founded by Estella Mims Pyfrom who is nationally celebrated for her commitment and dedication to helping the underprivileged. Brilliant Bus is a customized mobile learning center, designed to travel to communities and deliver services to children and families throughout the nation and world. The mission of Estella’s Brilliant Bus is to create a network of opportunities that will provide educational training and self-help experiences in under-served areas that will empower children and families with life-long learning and access to technology while partnering with community agencies.

Estella grew up in an underprivileged household and has a passion to help underprivileged families improve their standard of living. Her vision is that parents will be empowered with better skills and get more involved with their children’s education and lives, thus improving the quality of life for the family.

For more information on the program, contact Tanja Redd, Coordinator, Center for Educational Outreach and Engagement, Office/Cell: 334-740-2421, or Email:

Last Updated: October 24, 2018