KALC Students Organizing to End White Supremacy

The students of KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate are committed to organizing and mobilizing communities against police brutality, the child of systemic racism in America. We will begin with, but not limit this effort to, our own communities. 

Join us in this effort by donating your time, your ideas, and/or your financial means. In the face of a pandemic, we acknowledge and hope to minimize the additional risk of COVID-19 as we collectively show up in our community. We are assembling a student advisory board who will oversee and ultimately decide how the funds donated to this cause are spent. Some examples may include purchasing masks and hand sanitizer for demonstrators, purchasing and distributing symbols of solidarity (e.g. Black Lives Matter lawn signs), feeding and hydrating our co-conspirators, and redistributing funds to similar causes across nearby communities.

Donate to the GoFundMe here.

KIPP Celebrates Engineering Work in 2019-2020 School Year

Even though the Engineering Fair was cancelled in April due to the Coronavirus, KIPP MA still thanks all of our sponsors and supporters who have helped strengthen our Engineering program this year.

Here are some highlights from Engineering during the 2019-2020 school year.

 

High school students did a project on reverse engineering of everyday items, using CAD and 3-D printing. Above, a group is showing their project, where they reverse engineered a plastic tampon applicator.

At KALE, students’ job was to design and test a new wind turbine prototype to generate electricity for the city of Lynn.  They had common craft materials to create the fan blades, which they mounted onto a small generator (a motor spun in reverse).  We then hooked each group’s wind turbine up to a multimeter to measure electrical output, and then the teacher, Ms. Graybill, used a leaf blower to spin the turbine, and measure how much electricity it generated.

Selected from thousands of entries nationwide, KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate was named a Massachusetts State Winner in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest. The team used inexpensive and recyclable materials to design a practical device that students can use in the cold and dark winter months for additional safety. The winning team was made up of Ismael Diaz Mateo, Leia Payano (both 12th graders), and Serena Porte (11th grade) along with their Engineering teacher and Science Department Chair, Allen Wang.

Sixth graders at KAB and KAL designed apps with the help of Project Lead the Way, which helps to develop students’ STEM skills. They learned basic coding skills and app design principles through MIT’s App Inventor software. One group designed and created an app called “Scan the World”, where users would be able to scan in pieces of trash that they picked up off the ground and be rewarded points for their planet-saving efforts. Another group worked to create an informational app regarding natural disasters. Users would be able to click on a natural disaster and have the emergency protocol for that disaster read aloud to them. Other apps that students developed focused on improving school culture, education, and health.

KIPP MA Celebrates the KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate Class of 2020

Lynn, MA- May 26, 2020- Despite the Coronavirus Pandemic, the KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate (KALC) Class of 2020 will still be celebrated by the entire KIPP community, both virtually and in-person with social-distancing measures. 

The Class of 2020 consists of 109 graduating students, with a 100% graduation rate of students who began the school year at KALC. Many colleges have changed their deposit date from May 1 to June 1 because of Coronavirus, but the KALC College Counseling team estimates that 83% of the Class of 2020 will enroll in four-year schools, 12% will enroll in two-year schools, and 5% are pursuing other post-secondary options.

Caleb Dolan, KIPP MA Executive Director says, “The class of 2020, like all classes, is a group of extraordinary young people full of purpose and passion. Unlike all our other classes, this class has had to progress towards their future amidst a pandemic. This pandemic illuminates how deeply these young people are committed to each other, their community, and of building a better tomorrow. I am personally grateful to these young people, their families, and their teachers; their navigation of an almost impossible time provides hope for all of us.”

The celebration will start with the Senior Award presentation on Tuesday, May 26, which will be pre-recorded and aired live on Zoom. All senior families will be able to celebrate the awards with three meals from Estefani’s Restaurant in Lynn, which is owned by a KIPP alumna. KIPP MA teachers will be delivering the food to seniors in a socially-distanced manner. 

On Wednesday, May 27, members of the Class of 2020 will come to KALC with their families in shifts to pick up their diplomas. They will drive under a balloon arch, get their diploma, and be able to take a photo. 

On Thursday, May 28, students will come together for a Zoom graduation ceremony, with speeches from Valedictorian Herman Keysha, Salutatorian Chanpichany Ros, and Class Speaker Jonathan Caraballo. 

Senior Brian Leon says, “Although we are not having a traditional graduation ceremony, it is clear that KIPP is doing everything that they can to make sure that we’re supported and that we feel like a team and family during this time.”

KIPP Massachusetts student selected as recipient of the 2020 Dave Goldberg Scholarship from the Sheryl Sandberg and Dave Goldberg Family Foundation

Lynn, MA – May 1, 2020 – The KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) Foundation and the Sheryl Sandberg and Dave Goldberg Family Foundation (SGFF) announced Destin Fernandes is a 2020 recipient of the Dave Goldberg Scholarship. This KIPP Massachusetts student is among 15 recipients, selected from hundreds of applicants nationwide, who will receive $15,000 each year in financial assistance and mentorship throughout college.

“Dave was a huge believer in education, a generous mentor, and the center of a big-hearted community. We created this program to extend his legacy and nothing would have made him prouder,” said Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO and founder of LeanIn.Org and OptionB.Org. “These students share Dave’s best qualities – and we know they’ll go on to do great things for their communities and the world. We’re honored to partner with KIPP for a third year to ensure these talented students can make the most of every opportunity that comes their way.”

All 15 students in the 2020 cohort of Goldberg Scholars will receive a unique combination of financial support and mentorship during their four-year college experience. Highlights include:

  • A “Goldberg Mentor” to provide advice and support on a regular basis throughout college
  • Financial support totaling approximately $15,000 a year to cover a range of non-tuition needs not traditionally covered by college-based financial aid
  • Support from “Goldberg Connectors” – a network of professionals who will help scholars secure summer internships and job opportunities

Destin Fernandes, a senior at KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate and incoming student at Stanford University, hopes to one day become a civil rights lawyer to advocate for those who need it the most and make a difference in society. He was part of the KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate slam poetry team, Indigo Society Poets, and together won ‘Louder Than a Bomb.’ He has also organized the ‘Be You’ Youth Pride Event for LGBT+ youth in his community.

“The Dave Goldberg Scholarship will allow me to navigate through college without the distractions of a financial burden. I will be able to study harder and participate in extracurriculars without the fear of being unable to pay for the next semester. This will allow me to maintain the best grades possible so that I can attend a prestigious law school in the future,” said Destin.

The 15 recipients of the Goldberg Scholarship have attended KIPP schools in eight communities: Baltimore, San Francisco Bay Area, Arkansas, Massachusetts, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Los Angeles/San Diego and Texas. Many will be the first in their families to attend college. Any student who attended a KIPP school for middle school or high school and earned above a 3.0 GPA was eligible to apply.

“The Goldberg Scholarship program has already proven to be a game changer. Today, in a world in which our students and families face even greater uncertainty and financial hardship, the Goldberg scholarship provides the financial supports and mentoring from successful professionals that will prove to be a life changer,” said Richard Barth, CEO of the KIPP Foundation.

The Goldberg Scholarship Program was established by SGFF in October 2017 to support graduating high school seniors from KIPP schools across the country who have demonstrated remarkable leadership and achievement. The scholarship honors the legacy of Dave Goldberg by supporting a new generation of leaders who have demonstrated Dave’s qualities of leadership, resilience, achievement, generosity, kindness, independent thinking and entrepreneurial spirit.

“Dave believed that people have the power to change their lives not only to better themselves but to help those around them,” said Rob Goldberg, Dave’s brother and Founder and CEO of Fresno. “He believed that if everyone was given an opportunity to do so, it could make the world a better place. It means so much to our family that Dave’s legacy is helping to improve the lives of these students. It’s an honor to be part of their journeys and to help empower them to become the next generation of leaders who will impact those around them.”

About the Sheryl Sandberg and Dave Goldberg Foundation

The Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family Foundation works to build a more equal and resilient world. SGFF brings people together to support each other through three key initiatives: LeanIn.Org, OptionB.Org, and the Dave Goldberg Scholarship Program.

About KIPP

KIPP, the Knowledge Is Power Program, is a national network of 242 public charter schools that are dedicated to preparing students in educationally underserved communities for success in college and life. KIPP schools are ​part of the free public school system and enrollment is open to all students. Started in 1994 as a middle school program, KIPP has since expanded to enroll students in all grades from pre-K through high school. Nationwide, KIPP students complete their bachelor’s degree at a rate comparable to the national average for all students and approximately three times higher than the average for students from low-income families.

About KIPP Massachusetts

KIPP Massachusetts is part of a non-profit network of college preparatory, public charter schools educating elementary, middle, and high school students. KIPP MA operates five public charter schools across Boston and Lynn, serving more than 2,000 students in grades K-12. KIPP MA has a 15-year track record of preparing students in educationally under-served communities for success in college and life.