COVID Answers Could STEM from Lynn

Lynn, MA – October 20th, 2020

KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate was featured in the Lynn Item this week to showcase Mass STEM Week. 90 KALC students are joining the over 35,000 students who are taking part in the Mass STEM Week Challenge. The challenge? Slow the Spread. Students begin by thinking through issues surrounding COVID-19, imagine an app that can solve the issue, design paper plans, and experiment with app-design software. Students must submit their final project by Friday 10/23/2020.

The theme for this years challenge is “See Yourself in STEM,” which encourages groups that are traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields to consider a career in STEM.

KALC Science Department Chair Allen Wang explains the importance of Mass STEM Week Challenge, “You can’t be what you can’t see. Representation is so crucial now because COVID has a disproportionate impact on communities of color. This challenge allows them to be the innovators in their community instead of someone from the outside.” Mr. Wang is pictured below running his virtual classroom with students who are participating in the challenge.

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KIPP Football Forced to Wait on Potentially Historic Season

Lynn, MA – September 24, 2020

KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate Football was featured in the Lynn Item on Friday September 24th. The article discusses the plans for the season with COVID and how KALC Football is adjusting. The piece also highlights the depth, talent, and drive of this years football team.
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KIPP MA Honors and Celebrates Latinx & Hispanic Heritage Month

KIPP MA kicked off our celebration of Latinx and Hispanic heritage month on Tuesday September 15th with a video message from Executive Director Rhonda “Nikki” Barnes. Families, you can watch the video message in this weeks family newsletter from the Executive Director: 9/18 Regional Update to Families (English & Spanish).

In the video message we hear music from Anacaona, who was a Taino chief, artist, and hero to the Hispaniola people of her time. She opposed the Spanish colonizers and refused the suffering of her people at the hand of invaders.  Her legacy lives on through music today. To listen to the full video please visit this link.

We are excited to honor and celebrate the stories of our Latinx community! Throughout the next 4 weeks, we will highlight and celebrate our Latinx teammates and families and most importantly – learn FROM them. Join us!

We would love to hear what your Latinx heritage means to you and see how your family celebrates Latinx heritage month. We can’t wait to share stories, pictures, poems, lyrics, recipes, or other activities you’d like to share. Please complete this form to share!

We will be sharing these stories, pictures, recipes, and other celebrations on our social media pages. Please be sure to follow us on Instagram (@kippma) and Facebook (@KIPP Massachusetts)!

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The Summer 2020 Remote KIPPternship Experience

After a very busy summer working for their organizations, our 2020 KIPPterns  wrapped up their internships on July 31st. The second year of the KIPPternship program was all virtual, but the experience was just as valuable for our KIPP alumni. A very special thank you to our donors for making the KIPPtern experience possible and to Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu, The Blue Lab, and Union Capital Boston for partnering with our KIPPterns to create an impactful virtual experience. Our KIPPterns share their reflections below, but please also  enjoy the video recap of the KIPPtern 2020 experience here.

Brian Leon, KALC Class of 2020, Centre College 2024

Internship: The Blue Lab

At first the experience, especially calling people, was unfamiliar and overwhelming. But, I asked questions and I grew throughout my time with The Blue Lab. I learned through this experience that I like politics, but I definitely want to be out in front not behind the scenes.”

Domini Guscott, KALC 2020, Boston University 2024

Internship: Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu

“The experience meant a lot to me, to work  with others who share the same passions and interests as me. It was great to be matched with someone who has so much experience and knowledge, I learned a lot from the people I worked with.”

Mercedes Matos, KALC 2019, Boston University 2023

Internship: The Blue Lab

“I really enjoyed the experience- I’m even staying on and working with the same candidates until the primaries. The candidates I was working with are really great and are open to new ideas. It was really great to get campaign experience early on in my career”

Gabriel Clark, KALC 2019, Dartmouth College 2023 

Internship: Union Capital Boston

“I really enjoyed seeing things at the base level, it’s really impactful to see people literally engaging in the community and the actual work of providing resources and creating more resources through social capital. I didn’t know a ton about the census before this event and I  feel way more informed in conversations about the census.”

Leia Payano, KALC 2020, UMass Amherst 2024

Internship: Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu

“I learned about how city counsel is not just one person, it’s a collective group who are making decisions together, which was really cool. I enjoyed helping my community and putting together resources.”

Ashley Giron, KALC 2020, Fitchburg State University 2024

Internship: The Blue Lab

“The KIPPternship was all about new experiences. I was able to connect with people who share similar passions around voting rights, putting the right people in office and supporting them.”


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