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issue iX june 03, 2016
Jayleen Paula (DP19, Brown University) is a rising sophomore who wasted no time getting heavily involved her freshmen year. A proud first-generation, low-income student of color, she welcomed the challenges of attending an Ivy League institution. She’s an active member in Students of Caribbean Ancestry (SOCA), Dominican Students at Brown (DS@B), and Students Against the Prison Industrial Complex (SAPIC); she even took on leadership roles as events coordinator for both SOCA and DS@B. With student-led empowerment movements spreading nationwide, Jayleen joined the Prison Divestment Campaign, the State of Black and Brown Students at Brown movement, and even helped organize demands for the school’s diversity and inclusion act. Academically, she pushed herself by taking upper level classes, including two graduate level courses where she explored “issues of identity and positionality.” Jayleen is most looking forward to “taking on more leadership positions and excelling in my classes.” Here’s to alums’ civic engagement! 
CHANGE is what I refuse to be afraid of. 😊
Akeda Riley (DP18, Boston College)

finished my first year of college. summer break is finally here! 💕💪🏽
Cynthia Katwaru (DP19, Mt. Holyoke College)
Democracy Prep teachers don’t just teach; they train and develop future educators. In the same way we educate our scholars, our alums will educate future generations. Rachelle Egipeiaco (DP18, Mt. Holyoke College) is a rising junior, majoring in English with a minor in education. Aside from being part of the Association of Pan African Unity (APAU), the co-captain of Mount Holyoke’s Jhumka dance team, and an Alumni Captain, she tutors at Peck Elementary School in Massachusetts and works as a teacher’s assistant for a class of toddlers at a private daycare. This summer Rachelle will be interning with Breakthrough New York, where she will teach Literature to 7th graders in the Bronx. 
It’s already been a busy start to summer for our alums, who are always ready to engage! With most home for summer break, they’ve been visiting us for in person check-ins, summer work and Captains interviews, and best of all: AR events! Several alums came in (some the morning after getting home) to be interviewed by KBS, the Korean television network filming a documentary on DP.  We also had a few alums volunteer at Endurance Middle’s College Day, showing up bright and early to assist staff and chat with middle schoolers. Most notably, our second annual Real Talk went down on May 24. Real Talk is an event designed to give seniors the opportunity to hear about how college really is, directly from our alums’ experiences. 

Also, alumni are hard at work planning Captains Training as well as our July event called TBH, which is a series of sexuality and sexual assault workshops.
By securing a larger, more central space and much better catering (shoutout to Manna’s), our Real Talk event saw a significant increase in turnout from last year’s. Nearly 50 seniors from Bronx Prep and Charter High attended, on a school night during Change the World presentations. And man, was BP representing; they sent 25 seniors and 10 alums, all ready to rock! In all, we had almost 20 BP and DP alums in attendance, representing every graduating year and school type, willing to share their experience and insight. Next year’s Real Talk will be even bigger and better!
On Friday, May 20, 2016, the following alums came to talk to our current 9th graders, the Class of 2023: Anita Ntem, Hawa Adula, Karen Cardona, Victoria Rodriguez, Michael Ocran, and Deion Thomas. What was so amazing about this 20 min panel discussion was that we got to see a diverse array of alums who didn't always "have it together" as 9th graders at our school, speak with such poise, confidence, and wisdom to our 9th graders. Deion Thomas, for example, looking quite "buff" in physique I might add, gave some of the best advice I've ever heard from an alum to a 9th grader. He said, "The cool kids are the nerds.  So work hard in your classes.  Have fun being a nerd."  We didn't have to give any posture reminders during the entire 9th grade Town Hall, because scholars were literally at the edge of their seats while our alums spoke.  And then directly following Town Hall, during 9th grade advisory, several 9th grade scholars approached me and Mr. Lindquist to say things like, "When I go off to college, can I come back and talk to the 9th grade students as well?" or "Where does Hawa go to school again?  Yale?  That's so amazing!"  All I can say is it was a Town Hall that literally left me smiling ear to ear.
meet the team
Stephanie Fiorelli Ralph Johnson
Stephanie Fiorelli Ralph Johnson
Cinthia Pimentel Ahmad Al-ashqar
Cinthia Pimentel Ahmad Al-ashqar
AR would like to send a major, major shoutout to the Bronx Prep college office and to Ms. Flores for generating buzz about Real Talk and for helping us secure senior and alumni turnout!
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