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Check out the latest news from Democracy Prep Alumni Relations! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
issue VIII May 6, 2016
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In honor of last month’s College Signing Day and next month's senior graduation (where yet another cohort of DP scholars will officially become college freshman), we're highlighting a current freshman who's completing his first year on a strong note! Michael Ocran (DP19, Emory University) knew the odds were stacked against him as a student of color at a top tier institution, but he proudly and successfully took on the challenge. 
 
Michael managed his academic workload while involving himself in on- and off-campus activities. In a short time he became an active member and secretary in Emory's Brotherhood for Afrocentric Men (BAM), a step team organization centered on community service; he also got involved in Graduation Generation, a "family, school, university, community partnership" that gives college students the opportunity to tutor scholars throughout Atlanta. Michael thinks his first year at Emory was successful because of the people he met in classes and through his involvement in BAM and Graduation Generation, but he admits, “I still believe I could be more involved within the black community so I’m joining Emory’s NAACP.” Now that he’s gotten in the groove of gaining valuable experience and making important connections, Michael will be taking on an AR Alumni Captain role next year. Here’s to networking, giving back, and growing
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Studied all night yesterday just to get the grade I deserved 💪🏾 👌🏾 🏾🔥 👊🏾 😁 ‪ #‎proud‬ of myself. When I put my mind to and isolate myself I get 💩  done 👏🏾   
 
Martina Parks (DP18, Southern Vermont College)

 
In a recent May, 2016 Vanity Fair article on women's colleges, Farida Ilboudo (DP18, Bryn Mawr College) references how Bryn Mawr changed her:  "My guy friends noticed my confidence--after one semester! My mom noticed I was happier."
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Our theme for this month is networking. This year’s annual DP gala was a great success, partly due to the event’s MC, our own alum Keanu-Jarumi Moore (DP17, Rutgers University). Not only was Keanu excited about being asked to host, but he handled his duties with poise and finesse. He met and exceeded everyone’s expectations. “It was great meeting our major donors and seeing Mr. Andrew again,” Keanu says. “Keanu’s enthusiasm and professionalism as gala MC made him a joy to work with,” says Alice Maggin, DP’s Senior Director of Communication who planned and managed the event. Even better, he used the opportunity as a networking platform – and it paid off! He says, “I even snagged a paid summer internship from one of our biggest donors.” The company’s Vice Chairman informed him that while the deadline for their summer program had already passed, she would gladly bend the rules to let him in. 
 
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Even though it doesn’t quite feel like it, summer is right around the corner. Our summer events are aimed at informing, engaging, and inspiring graduating seniors and alums. Our first event, Real Talk, is later this month on May 24. During Real Talk, experienced alums will lead a series of discussions and breakout sessions with graduating seniors about balancing workloads, social life and campus engagement, as well as living away from home, managing finances, and everything in between. Food will be catered by Manna’s, a staple for soul food in Harlem. Be on the lookout for a full report and photos. 
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Last month Michelle Obama (in partnership with MTV) hosted her third annual College Signing Day event. This year, only three years after launching the initiative, 1,000 signing day events were scheduled to take place nationwide compared to 600 last year. Here in NYC, over 4,000 high schoolers attended her main event at the Harlem Armory. Of those in attendance, over 350 were DP scholars. Later on, folks involved in education citywide commended us on the “sea of yellow hats.” 
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"I must be Yoga-old. My first DP babies now will be seniors in college. COLLEGES! Seniors!!! Just too crazy. @Alums: Once you get your college diploma, call/ email/ FB message me. Your first Korean meal as a responsible citizen-scholar with college degree is on me. Of course, you all can reach out to me anytime for any Korean questions or a little talk over choco-pies. So proud of you all. -The original Ms. Lee A.K.A. Mama Lee  #proud"
 
Jung Jin Lee, DP’s Korean Curriculum Specialist
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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 extend our deepest thanks + a major SHOUTOUT to the Honey Badgers who helped us lead college prep advisory at DPCHS: Alisa JimenezAmber Adams, Ryan Bernier, Ngozika Uzoma, Viviana Perez, Rick Abare, and Mark Cheng
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