KIPPMA Alumna and Rising Junior at Lesley University, Dulce Gonzalez, to Intern for Senator Elizabeth Warren this Summer

By GAYLA CAWLEY, Lynn Daily Item

LYNN — Dulce Gonzalez, a 20-year-old Lynn resident, and her family came to the United States from Guatemala 15 years ago, fleeing violence and seeking the American Dream.

This summer, Gonzalez will be interning for Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). A graduate of KIPP Academy, she was only one of eight alumni selected this year for the KIPPtern National Fellowship Program, and the only person chosen from Massachusetts.

Steve Mancini, director of public affairs for KIPP nationally, said KIPP supported eight alumni to find internships in congressional offices, including Gonzalez.

Through the program, interns have their costs covered in Washington D.C. for the summer. Caleb Dolan, executive director of KIPP Schools in Massachusetts, said the program pays for room and board, and provides a generous stipend for the interns. He said the program is highly competitive, with 10,000 KIPP alumni across the country.

Gonzalez, a junior at Lesley University, said she applied for the program in early November, and found out she was accepted the following month, but didn’t learn that she had been accepted into Warren’s office for the summer until the end of March.

“I was super excited,” she said.

As a political science and global studies major, she said the internship is very aligned into her career path. She said she’ll be focused on Capitol Hill tours and working with constituents and their issues they bring to the table. She said she’ll be specifically focused on immigration and educational issues, which will include research.

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KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate Students Take First Place in Louder Than a Bomb Competition. Two of the poets, Michelle Garcia and Temitope Shelola, will be joining the Massachusetts State Team at Brave New Voices in San Francisco

The first place win at this year’s Louder Than a Bomb is the culmination of a four year journey for KALC’s Indigo Society Poets.  On Saturday, May 6, at the Strand Theater in Dorchester,  Michelle Garcia, Kingsley Metelus, Temitope (Tope) Shelola,  Hannah Parker, Haja Ba and Destiny Fernandez won first place after taking the stage to compete in the Louder than a Bomb competition.  This is a follow up release to the April 27, 2017 Boston Globe article@ https://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/2017/04/27/this-year-louder-than-bomb-poetry-festival-seems-more-political-than-ever/RlpDp5SbIPxBfrdfzGbdgK/story.html.  Michelle Garcia and Tope Shelola will join the Massachusetts State Team at Brave New Voices in San Francisco.  Pictured above (from left to right) Michelle Garcia, Kingsley Metelus, Tope Shelola and Hannah Parker.   All the following topics were student-led:

    Personifying chains:  examining the oppression and empowerment associated with the object

    Dismantling our current discourse on feminism – offering a different perspective on The Women’s March

    Expectations from families on what it means to be a woman or man

   Critically looking at the relationship between spoken word, social justice, white liberalism, and authentic activism

“The first place win at this year’s Louder Than a Bomb is the culmination of a four year journey for KALC’s Indigo Society Poets. Witnessing the founding members achieve first out of 44 teams, after making it to final stage the last three years, is an unparalleled moment in my career. I’m incredibly proud of not only the competing six poets: Michelle, Tope, Kingsley, Hannah, Destiny, and Haja, but also of the Indigo Society Poets in the audience who were with us throughout the entire writing process— offering edits, keeping time, and supporting the competitors with every stroke of the pen. Indigo Society Poets is a family. Through courage, humor, and creativity these students have built a community where pushing one another and raising their voices against oppressive systems is the norm. Keep an eye out for them this summer… two of our poets, Michelle and Tope, will be joining the Massachusetts’ state team at Brave New Voices in San Francisco, and our team is currently collaborating on a piece for the Juneteenth celebration and KIPP School Summit.” – Kerri Brown, KALC ELA Teacher and Spoken Word Coach

Join us at one of our Spring 2017 programs or events

KIPP Academy Boston Civic Engagement Series, 6-8 pm, 

April 25 – June 13 at 37 Babson Street, Mattapan

Serving on a Board of Directors
The Role of the Board and its Members, April 25
The Makings of an Effective Board, May 2
Leadership Opportunities of a Board Member, May 9
Am I Ready to Serve on a Board? May 16

 

Running for Public Office
Running for Public Office is a Right and a Responsibility, May 23
The ABCs of a Campaign, May 30
Campaign Timeline, June 6
Am I Ready to Run for Public Office? June 13

Spring Events and Performances

KABE 1st grade, Pirates the Musical, 37 Babson Street, Mattapan, May 4, 6 pm
KABE 2nd grade, Lion King Musical, 37 Babson Street, Mattapan, May 18, 6:30 pm
KALE End of Year Performance, 90 High Rock St., Lynn, May 24, 5:30 pm
KALC College Signing Day, 90 High Rock Street, Lynn, May 26, 2 pm
KABE Kindergarten, Barnyard Moosical, 37 Babson St., Mattapan, June 1, 6 pm
KALC High School Graduation, Lynn Auditorium, Lynn, June 8, 6 pm
KAB 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony, Match Gym, 150 Poydras Street, Mattapan, June 15, 7 pm
KAL 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony, Lynn Auditorium, Lynn, June 24, 11 am

Fernando Barrientos, KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate Class of 2017, Posse Scholar

by Fernando Barrientos

My family is from the Dominican Republic. I was raised by a single parent in a low-income household. My mother has been set on me going to college. She doesn’t hope for it—she expects it, especially since my older sister graduated from college and is now in grad school. I’m going to be the second person in my family to graduate from college.

And that’s something I’m proud of.

I’ve been with KIPP since 5th grade and my academic drive has only increased over the years.

I serve as a student mentor at Raw Art Works, a local nonprofit, where I lead art therapy sessions for middle-school boys who’ve been through a lot, kids who struggle with violence at home or have trouble fitting in at school. It’s been an eye-opening experience. RAW was the first time I’ve noticed the hardships many kids carry without the opportunity to talk to anyone about them.

My own KIPP experience has involved people who’ve helped me get to where I need to be, so my volunteering is my way of paying it forward.

Jorge Ochoa, my college counselor, sees himself in me. He’s arranged opportunities for me to fly to visit different college campuses like Tufts and Boston University. Most important, he talks to students about personal issues if he can tell they’re having a bad day.

We spend a lot of time with our college counselors and we get a lot of guidance in general. Each counselor gets about 20 students and we worked on college application essays for two hours every day after school. Every Monday, each student has an advisory, where you meet for an hour with a teacher and a cohort of 10-12 kids you’re grouped with for all four years. It’s been one of my favorite experiences at KIPP. We’ve done pumpkin carvings together and advisories are good chances to be part of something smaller.

Mr. DoBell, my English teacher, makes it fun to read—and since I’m more inclined towards math and science, this was not easy for me. We read Invisible Man and a ton of short stories like “Clarence and the Dead.” But what I like about Mr. Dobell is that he’s very transparent. You know what kind of person he is and he lets student express what they’re thinking and feeling. For example, the day after the presidential election, kids walked around with a lot of frustration, and he could see that, so he scratched his lesson to give us space to talk about what happened. As someone whose mom is an immigrant, it was important to have been given the freedom to speak our minds, and I’m glad Mr. Dobell recognized that we couldn’t just have another regular class that day.

I feel really prepared for college thanks to KIPP. I’m currently taking four AP classes in calculus, biology, Spanish, and literature and composition. Forty kids at KIPP are taking AP calculus out of 350 kids in the entire school. After sophomore year, I won a full scholarship to the Brown Leadership Institute, a program the university has every summer for high-school students who are interested in exploring an academic topic and connect that to social issues and positive change. I also won a Posse Foundation scholarship to Denison University, a really, really diverse school where I want to major in engineering. Posse selects high-school students and places them with other kids of similar backgrounds—minorities, low-income, immigrants or children of immigrants—in groups of 10 who will attend the same college. Kids who at first glance may come from challenging environments, but like me, know how to get through them because we have people who don’t feel sorry for us. Instead, they expect great things from us.

Fernando Barrientos is a senior at KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate, in Massachusetts. He will be attending Denison University this fall pursuing a degree in engineering.