KIPP Academy Lynn and KIPP Academy Boston Receive Grants to Support STEM Career Learning and Field Exploration

Lynn, MA – July 27th 2020 – KIPP Massachusetts announced today that it has received grant funds from American Student Assistance (ASA),  which is a national nonprofit dedicated to helping students make informed choices about their education and career goals. KIPP Massachusetts’ two middle schools, KIPP Academy Boston and KIPP Academy Lynn, both received three year grants of $50,000 to both expand their Project Lead the Way (PLTW) program as well as introduce STEM career related field experiences through school fairs and field trips. PLTW is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for PreK-12 students and teachers through pathways in computer science, engineering and biomedical science.

“ASA wants to expand opportunities for young people to explore a range of courses and career options, regardless of interruptions in the learning environment,” said Jean Eddy, President and CEO. “We are thrilled to support Massachusetts schools and educators as they energize and inspire middle schoolers and help them chart paths for their futures.”

KIPP Academy Lynn and KIPP Academy Boston are just two of 6 schools across Massachusetts to receive the grant. KIPP plans to use the grant funds to expand their PTLW program, support STEM related career fairs, and STEM related career field trips. This expansion of Project Lead the Way, including an
increased focus on career exploration, will help over 1,000 KIPPsters explore their career interests and give them the STEM knowledge and problem-solving skills to be successful in high school, college, and beyond.

“This grant will allow us to create a more rigorous and engaging STEM program that will authentically connect students to the careers of the future. Through teacher preparation, engineering curriculum supplies, and connections with industry professionals, this grant will provide further opportunities for our students to develop their critical consciousness and lead impactful, fulfilling lives,” explains Rhonda “Nikki” Barnes, Executive Director of KIPP Massachusetts.

Read the full press release from ASA here.

About American Student Assistance (ASA)

ASA’s mission is to help students know themselves, know their options, and make informed decisions to achieve their education and career goals. They fulfill their mission by providing tools and resources to students online, in classrooms, and through community-based organizations. ASA is committed to helping students through exploring education and career options starting in middle school, experiment through hands-on opportunities, and execute a plan to meet their goals. ASA’s innovative programs and partnerships, combined with a robust research agenda and advocacy platform, enable them to provide meaningful impact to young people on a national scale. For more information on ASA, visit

About PLTW

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a mission-driven organization that is transforming the learning experience for millions of PreK-12 students and thousands of teachers across the U.S. PLTW empowers students to develop in-demand, transportable knowledge and skills through pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science. PLTW’s teacher training and resources support teachers as they engage their students in real-world learning. Approximately 12,200 elementary, middle, and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia offer PLTW programs. For more information on Project Lead The Way, visit

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.

About KIPP

KIPP is a non-profit network of college-preparatory public charter schools educating elementary, middle, and high school students. KIPP schools are part of the free public school system and enrollment is open to all students. There are 242 KIPP schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia educating over 100,000 students on their path to and through college, careers, and life. KIPP believes that great teachers and school leaders, a supportive learning environment, and an emphasis on both academics and character are the foundation for student success. KIPP students complete college at a rate that is above the national average for all students and four times higher than that of students from similar economic backgrounds.

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A Message from The KALC Coalition to End White Supremacy

“No state shall…deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law…” In 1868 the 14th Amendment was ratified. 152 years later black and brown people across our nation continue to face the deprivation of life, liberty, and property.  The students at KALC (KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate) recognize the disparity in treatment of their fellow BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and undocumented peers.  In accordance with the national movement for racial justice, we will no longer allow the continual oppression of our communities.   

Join us Tuesday, July 28th as we exercise our first amendment right to peacefully assemble for a protest in the name of justice and unity.  We will gather at 20 Wheeler Street, in the parking lot next to the KALC building at 3:30 PM to hear from some of KALC’s brightest students.  From the KALC building we will march, while maintaining a safe social distance, to the Lynn Police Department, where we will honor those unjustly slain by police, and have student speakers throughout the march. After marching back to 20 Wheeler St, we will conclude with a joyous celebration. We, the young people of Lynn, will not allow injustice to thrive as it has for centuries, and neither should you. Come support local students, and the future of our nation as they forge a better world for all of us!

Who: KALC (KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate) 

What: March for Mending

Where: 20 Wheeler Street (adjacent parking lot) Lynn, MA 01902

When: Tuesday July 28th – 3:30 PM

What to wear: Face masks to protect ourselves and our community (we can provide a face mask if necessary)

What to know: Water will be provided. We will also be using disposable brushes and separated paint for the face painting so that no cross-contamination occurs

Questions and contact: Olivia Osgood

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KIPP Alum Estefani Orellana Garcia Featured in Boston Globe

Lynn, MA – July 22nd, 2020- The restaurant and hospitality industry has been in a state of upheaval since COVID-19 hit. KIPP alum, Estefani Orellana Garcia, and her mother, Fidelina Garcia, opened Estefani’s restaurant on Union Street in Lynn right before the pandemic hit. Estefani’s re-opened in May for takeout and delivery, and recently began allowing dine in services. Check out their Facebook page for more information on how they are operating through the re-opening phases.

The Globe piece follows the story of five women, who all started their own restaurant business in Lynn over the past year, and how they are managing their business through the challenges of COVID-19. Read the full piece here:

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KIPP MA Response to the Passing of Representative John Lewis and Reverend C.T. Vivian

To the KIPP Massachusetts Community, 

Along with you, I was saddened to hear of the passing of Representative John Lewis and Reverend C.T. Vivian. While we mourn their losses, we also celebrate their lives and legacy. By the age of 21, John Lewis was already a significant leader of the Civil Rights Movement, participating in the first Freedom Rides and working alongside Martin Luther King Jr. on the March on Washington. He served in the House of Representatives since 1986, continuing to fight for Civil Rights in America. Reverend C.T. Vivian was also an active leader and trusted advisor for Martin Luther King Jr., leading student sit-ins and Freedom Rides. These two men continued to speak publicly on the continued fight for freedom and equality until their passing on July 17, 2020.

I spent the weekend reflecting on the impact John Lewis has made to our community. John Lewis is the embodiment of the struggle for racial justice and equity as a lifelong journey that has moments and seasons but never really ends. We pass the baton to the next generation and continue the struggle. I’m honored to run this lifelong race as both a Black woman and the leader of KIPP Massachusetts.  I will work to ensure our students develop critical consciousness.  I will make space for them to embrace “good trouble” as they pursue their aspirations by walking their own paths.

As Rep. John Lewis said in his own words, “Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year; it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.” He has passed the torch to each of us. As KIPP Massachusetts continues the fight to create a world where our students will thrive, we must aspire to continue the work led by Rep. John Lewis’ accomplishments. We will honor him and allow his legacy to live on as the blueprint for the work that we do each day in our schools. Thank you, Representative John Lewis. Thank you, Reverend C.T. Vivian. May you both rest in power.


“Nikki” Barnes

Executive Director | KIPP Massachusetts 

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