August 21, 2017
Alumni in Action

This summer, DP alumni Clayton Fountain and DPEHS rising Junior Tyrese Avery have been taking their music very serious. They formed a group called HIS-TORY and they have written their own original music to beats they found online.

One particular song has a strong message about what’s going on in Charlottesville that they are trying to share. Check it out by going to

April 24, 2017
Hot off the Presses: Ahmad's Final Newsletter

Help us bid farewell to Ahmad, who shared his final Alumni Post Newsletter.  Click to read the newsletter.

April 10, 2017
Alumni Summer Works

Applications are closed for summer 2017

Alumni Summer Works allows DP alumni to spend time working for-pay internships at various Democracy Prep sites.

For any questions about the program, please contact John Lindquist (

The deadline for application is April 21

Please see below for the details of the available positions.

Position 1: Summer Associate

Manager:Katelyn Derry, Leeanna Cota

Position: Summer Associate

Program Session: 07/05 – 08/04
Work Hours/ #of hours per week: M-F 10-3/ 25 hours a week
Location: Democracy Prep Harlem High School


Principal Responsibilities:

Teachers and scholars take their growth and hard work seriously when the same level of effort is reflected in the organization and visual appeal of their working/learning environment. Our alumni intern would be primarily responsible for improving the aesthetics of the school through visual enhancements and organization. Some concrete tasks in pursuit of this goal may include hanging up beautification items like posters, photos, and pennants, as well as restoring walls and lockers to their original clean state. They will also be tasked with helping prepare our space for the next school year by organizing and arranging supplies and furniture. Our ideal candidate should like organizing, be detailed-oriented, and have an eye for efficient use of space. Our intern(s) will be expected to work independently and problem solve on their own in a way that is inline with an overarching direction.


Position 2: Operations Assistant
Manager: Christy Brown, Mia Backon
Position: Operations Assistant
Program Session:7/10 – 8/25
Work Hours/ #of hours per week: Flexible /10 hours a week
Location: Democracy Prep Harlem Elementary  


Principal Responsibilities:

This will be an Ops Associate role meaning they will organize classrooms, support with scholar enrollment and file collection, system creation support, tech support and support in any Ops role that the rest of the team is supporting.


Position 3: Operations Assistant
Manager: Sean Ryan , Joye Rice
Position:Operations Assistant
Program Session: 7/17-8/20
Work Hours/ #of hours per week: M-F, 9-12 /15 hours a week
Location: Democracy Prep Pathways


Principal Responsibilities:

Pathways is on the move to a new space this summer, and we need a detail-oriented team member to help make this happen! Our intern will work directly with the Ops team to pack up our old space and then set up our new one. This includes taking down old signage, inventorying equipment, and then setting it all up again. Additionally, we’ll have office work including the processing of Purchase orders and preparing forms for new scholars for Parent Orientation and Summer Academy. The successful candidate will have excellent attention to detail, will sweat the small stuff, takes pride in their work including making our school beautiful, and thrives working independently and urgently.


Position 4: Finance Assistant
Manager: Melanie Hok, Andrea George
Position: Finance Assistant
Program Session: 7/10-8/20
Work Hours/ #of hours per week: Flexible/20 hours a week
Location: Democracy Prep CMO


Principal Responsibilities:

Finance support – filing, making bank deposits, campus visits, audit prep work


Position 5: Operations Associate
Manager: Principal
Position:Operations Associate
Program Session: 7/5-8/30
Work Hours/ #of hours per week: M-F 8-1 /25 hours a week
Location: Democracy Prep Charter Middle School


Principal Responsibilities:

As the Operations Associate there will be several buckets that this intern will be working on:

  1. Classroom Library Cataloguing and Organization (entering all classroom libray books in a data base, barcoding, and organizing shelves)
  2. Wall of Fame Beautification project: (intern will be responsible for working with the high school guidance counselor to get the names, pictures, and colleges that the former DPCMS middle schoolers have attended. Associate will be responsible for creating a College Wall of Fame to make that college connection)
  3. Summer School Site Logistics: the associate will play an active role at dismissal times, taking a post outse to help ensure timely dismissals.
  4. General operations prep: on site organization and preparation for the upcoming school year.


*Must have strong organizational skills.   


Position 6: Operations Associate
Manager: Ken Francis, Clifford Morrissey
Position:Operations Associate
Program Session: 7/5-8/30
Work Hours/ #of hours per week: M-F 9-3/29 hours a week
Location:Democracy Prep Endurance Middle School


Principal Responsibilities:

  • Microsoft office processing including:
  • Data entry into Google sheets
  • Creating signage on Microsoft word
  • Scanning documents into digital formats
  • Hands on experience:
  • Participate in projects that are part of school business operations including:
  • Summer academy
  • Aiding in managing day to day operations including attendance
  • Beginning of year set up
  • Filing receipts and learning school-based accounting procedures
  • Event and trip planning
  • Logistics planning and coordination
  • Middle school enrollment
  • Aiding in managing Charter school enrollment  


Position 7: Executive Assistant
Manager: Erin Gilliam, Hugo Crespo
Position: Executive Assistant
Program Session:7/5 – 7/28
Work Hours/ #of hours per week: M-F, 8 -1/ 25hours a week
Location: Democracy Prep Charter High School

Principal Responsibilities:
The Executive Assistant (EA) will work directly with the summer school director and provides administrative and executive support to her and serves as main liaison to the summer school instructional team. The ideal candidate will be experienced in handling a wide range of administrative and executive support related tasks, familiar with a high school setting, and able to work independently. This person must be exceedingly well organized, self-motivated, flexible and enjoy the administrative challenges of supporting scholars as they work towards promotion to the next grade. The ability to interact with staff at all levels in a fast paced environment, sometimes under pressure, with a high-level of professionalism and confidentiality is crucial to this role. Expert level written and verbal communication skills, strong decision making ability and attention to detail are equally important.


Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

– Provide overall administration of executive office including answering phone

– Processing summer school email

– Taking and reporting accurate daily attendance

– Generating, editing, proofing and sending correspondence, documents and presentations on behalf of the Summer School Director

– Compiling, photocopying, and distributing summer school documents.

Position 8: Summer Operations Coordinator
Manager: Susana Vasquez, Jackie Martinez
Position:Summer Operations Coordinator
Program Session 7/5 – 8/31
Work Hours/ #of hours per week: M-F, 8 -3/ 25hours a week
Location: Democracy Prep Charter High School

Principal Responsibilities:
The Operations Coordinator (OC) provides leadership and support for our daily operations and ensures that all systems operate effectively. The position is responsible for the operations of DPCHS’ main office (including virtual operations), meeting/event planning and some project management of summer projects. He or She must have a passion for serving both our teachers and our students and possesses excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communications skills. He or She possesses a high degree of self-awareness and is committed to personal and professional growth. The OC is an innovative problem solver and has a solid understanding of the day to day operations of a high school. Roles and Responsibilities include:

– Be the face of the school, including greeting families and other visitors, answering phone calls

– Executing space setup throughout the summer including: unpacking boxes, reorganizing supply closets, and setting up class rooms

– Design, refine and execute systems to support instruction;

– Manage student and family information, including communication for newly enrolled students

– Manage student records, including attendance, immunization, class rosters, and any/all other student information in the school’s student database systems

– Manage the main office, and organizing and maintaining the space

– Facilitate high school site portion of centralized systems, including mail and restocking of suppliers

– Ordering supplies for the office and programs, and generally maintaining the office


Position 9: Curriculum Development Assistant
Manager: Naomi Bates, Lauren Nelson
Position:Curriculum Development Assistant
Program Session 07/01 – 08/17
Work Hours/ #of hours per week:Tu- Th, 1-4 / 12 hours a week
Location: Democracy Prep CMO


Principal Responsibilities:

As we prepare for the 2017-2018 school year, you will be an critical member of the academic team this summer. You will help refine and adapt our middle school curriculum for the 21st century. Tasks will include indexing assessments, creating Powerpoint presentations, and digital investigation.


Position 10 :Tech Inventory Control Assistant
Manager: Samantha Schulz,Tony Boler
Position: Tech Inventory Control Assistant
Program Session 7/10 – 8/25 (Flexible)
Work Hours/ #of hours per week: Tu-Th, 12 – 5/ 15-25 hours a week
Location: Bronx Prep Charter School


Principal Responsibilities:

  • Monitors, organizes, and maintains current inventory of equipment & supplies


  • Performs physical count of equipment & supplies.


  • Records purchases and assists with maintaining database.


  • Assists Ops Tech with identifying technical issues and investigating possible solutions.


Position 11: Operations Associate
Manager: Samantha Schulz, Amanda Greer
Position: Operations Associate
Program Session 7/10 – 8/25 (Flexible)
Work Hours/ #of hours per week: (Flexible) /20 hours a week
Location: Bronx Prep Charter School


Principal Responsibilities:

Planning, Organizing, & Preparing for teacher return in August
– Organizing and Decorating classrooms and bulletin boards.
– Cataloging, Scanning, and Inventory of textbooks and supplies in Library

March 9, 2017
UNCF Gateway to Leadership 2017 Internship

DP alumni!  Check out this amazing internship opportunity – act fast! The application deadline is March 17!

UNCF Gateway to Leadership 2017

Program Details
Open Date:
2/10/2017 12:00 AM EST
Close Date:
3/17/2017 11:59 PM EST
Program Type: Internship
Eligibility Requirements
Minimum GPA – 3.0
Residency Status – U.S. Citizen, U.S. national or permanent resident
Colleges / Universities – 4-Year Colleges
Academic Classification – College Junior
Majors: Accounting, Actuarial Science, Banking, Business, Business (Sales Interest),, Business-related, Computer Science, Economics, Finance, Management, Marketing
The Gateway to Leadership (GTL) Internship Program is designed to provide PAID summer internship opportunities to African American college students attending a four year university/college and who are interested and prepared to enter careers in the financial services industry.
Rolling Application Period: Applications will be reviewed as they are received fully completed with all supporting documents.
Main components of the Gateway to Leadership Program:
* Summer Internship – Offers a paid summer internship program that exposes interns to professional careers at leading financial services firms. Specifically, GTL interns are deployed as interns to firms within the industry located in such cities as the Des Moines, Philadelphia, New York, Boston, Hartford. Examples of internship host firms include: Brinker Capital, Legg Mason, Nationwide, Northwestern Mutual, Principal, Virtus, and Voya. During their internships, fellows apply what they have learned, acquire new skills, gain an understanding of the professional needs of financial services firms and make meaningful contributions.
* Money Management Institute Professional Development
1. Enrollment in Envestnet Institute On Campus
2. Complimentary Subscription to FundFire
3. Opportunities to participate in MMI NetMeetings featuring timely industry content, exposure to industry leaders, and career development
4. Access to industry mentors
5. Weekly engagement with fellow interns and MMI leaders discussing current events in the financial services industry
To apply, the applicants must:
* Demonstrate campus or civic leadership abilities and involvement in community service activities
* Provide a cover letter detailing interest in the financial services industry as a career and explaining what you hope to gain from the internship experience.
* Submit their current college transcript
* Submit their resume
* Submit a recommendation from a school administrator, faculty member, or dean familiar with the applicant’s academic abilities.
General Eligibility Requirements:
* At least a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale
* College junior- Graduating Dec 2017, May 2018 or May 2019 if enrolled in dual undergraduate and MBA program- Transcripts should verify this information.
* Major in Business, Finance, Accounting, Banking, Economics, Management, Marketing, Computer Science or Actuary Science
* U.S Citizen or Permanent Resident
* Attend a four-year accredited university/college
* Have demonstrated leadership experience within college campus and/or community
* Have demonstrated interest in the financial services industry
During the course of their internship experience, interns will gain meaningful work experience and exposure to the financial service industry and be compensated at the normal rates paid to the firm’s corporate interns.
GTL Fellows are responsible for their housing during the internship. GTL staff along with host firms will provide guidance to interns on available, affordable housing near their job sites and may offer assistance such as access to corporate housing and/or assistance in obtaining low cost housing at local colleges/universities. Preferences shall be given to students who reside in the following locations: Des Moines, IA; St. Petersburg, FL; Chicago, IL; St. Louis, MO; New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA; Hartford, CT; Jersey City, NJ; Boston, MA.
For additional information, please forward email to or log on to UNCF Home page at .
Link Tamara Young Lee
Chair, National HBCU Initiative
Tuskegee (AL) Chapter
March 7, 2017
Check out Akeda Riley's Honduras Vlog

Akeda Riley, DPCHS ’14, recently completed a service trip to Honduras with several of her fellow Boston College peers.  Check out her Vlog of the trip below:

March 6, 2017
Cannon, Heyman & Weiss, LLP Scholarship

For students living in affordable housing.

Help a student who lives in an affordable housing development further
his or her educational training by helping spread the word about the
Cannon Heyman & Weiss Scholarship Fund.

Scholarships will be awarded to successful, qualified applicants and
will offer financial aid for full- and part-time study at approved colleges,
junior colleges, technical schools, and other post-secondary institutions
leading to a degree, diploma, or certificate. Graduate studies are not included.

This year’s awards are expected as follows:
$10,000 • $7,500 • $5,000

The Scholarship Fund is an extension of the CHW mission and reflective of our
commitment to the affordable housing industry and community development. 
The Scholarship Fund is entirely underwritten by CHW and we are neither 
soliciting nor accepting outside financial support.

For additional information, visit

CHW Scholarship Fund
The Application deadline is April 15, 2017.

February 6, 2017
CACNY College to Career Fair
On WednesdayFeb 15, the College Access Consortium of New York (an awesome collective that we participate in) is hosting their annual “College to Career Fair” at John Jay from 12:00-4:30pm. The fair is open to college juniors or seniors attending 4 year colleges, or second year Associates degree students; you must also have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7.
DP as an organization can nominate up to 10 students to attend for free. It’s an awesome networking opportunity, where you can connect with potential employers such as: SUNY (education), Teach for America (education), Yelp (sales), American Express (sales), Ernst & Young (business), and many others. These companies and organization are coming specifically to connect with college students about possible future opportunities. It’s very possible that a connection from this event might to turn into a job after you graduate.
Space is limited; it is on a first come, first served basis.  Please email if you wish to participate.
February 2, 2017
PASE Summer Teaching Fellows Program

Hello Alumni!

Please see the following for a summer employment opportunity:

Partnership for After School Education (PASE)

has an opportunity for college students this summer.


The contact for this opportunity is Ellen O’Connell ( All questions and applications should be sent to her directly.


See attached for full details. Also, visit


Time Commitment: June 12th, 2017 thru mid-August 2017; 30 hours/week


Summer Stipend: $3000


Requirements: Prior experience working with youth. Able to facilitate small and large group activities with youth and tutor/teach reading, writing, and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) enrichment. Able to work in a team with experienced youth workers. Commitment to working with low-income youth ages K-8th grade. Creative, self-starter, reflective.


Please have college students email a brief cover letter and resume to Ellen O’Connell ( We will be accepting resumes on a rolling basis beginning January 23, 2017, until all spots are filled.