ALUMNI RELATIONS’ MISSION is to assist Democracy Prep alumni in completing college and becoming engaged citizens of the world.

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Announcements

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

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

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

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Upcoming Events

CACNY College to Career Fair
Date: 2/15/17
Time: 12:00pm-4:30pm
Location: John Jay College of Criminal Justice
What Really Happened - An open discussion on the 2016 election
Date: 1/13/17
Time: 5:30pm-7:30pm
Location: Badger Park - 1767 Park Ave.
Happy New Year 2017!
Date: 12/31 - 1/1
Time: 11:00PM - 12:00AM
Location: Not at Times Square
Christmas Day!
Date: 12/25
Time: 12:00AM - 12:00PM
Location: Home!

Programs

iCare & Tech Use

iCare:

iCare is a “donations-based” phone-replacement program that provides used smart phones to alums who are in need of one, free of charge. If your phone is damaged beyond repair, you may be eligible to receive a donated phone.

If you need a temporary replacement phone, please complete the iCare Online Application Form.  Please know that you will need to provide evidence that your current phone is damaged beyond repair.

If you are approved for an iCare phone, you will be notified of who donated this phone to the program.  In order to receive your iCare phone, you are required to send this person a thank-you note.

Tech-Use:

Tech-Use is a technology initiative that works side-by-side with iCare. Tech-Use affords alums access to different types of laptops for use at our office, Badger Park. Alums can choose to work with Samsung ChromeBooks, HPs, and MacBooks to complete school projects, research educational programs of interest, fill out FAFSA/TAP, search for and apply to jobs, submit AR forms/applications (Micro-Grants, ACP, etcetera), and so on. Alums who plan to use a laptop do not need to submit any forms nor book an appointment; they simply drop in and ask one of our team members to use whichever laptop they prefer, pending its availability.

Alumni Corps Program

Democracy Prep’s Alumni Corps Program (ACP) is a professional development program that provides Democracy Prep alumni the opportunity to skill-build in an enriching environment that reinforces our mission to Work Hard, Go to College, and Change the World. The program runs during the fall and spring semesters, during which time alumni are matched with DREAM team mentor-supervisors. The goal is two-fold:  one, for alumni to learn how to be highly effective in a work environment; and two, for DREAM team members to encourage alumni who are at risk of not persisting to stay enrolled.  Corps Members are expected to contribute to the Democracy Prep network as a whole, modeling the “all hands on deck” mentality that makes Democracy Prep stand out.

To apply for the Alumni Corps Program, please use the online Alumni Corps Program Application Form.

Micro-grants

Throughout the academic year, alumni can apply for AR micro-grant funding. These are grants aimed at closing small, college-related gaps.  Students may apply for micro-grants in three areas:  transportation to/from campus/home, books, and tuition balances.  The maximum a student may receive for a micro-grant is $350.00.

Students must provide supporting documentation (email or paper receipts, invoices, bank statements, accounts, etc.).

Please use the online Grant Application Form or email ar.grants@democracyprep.org in order to submit your application for a micro-grant.

Individualized Advising

All alumni have access to e-resources, webinars, and summits/forums that offer quality and current information for college success, but nothing replaces the personalized efforts of human interaction. Each alumnus is matched with an advisor, a captain, and if he/she wishes, a bachelors-degree-holding mentor. Each shares in student outreach and assessment while also being a go-to person for that student’s individual and time-sensitive needs. For any given academic, financial, and social situation (such as time management, FAFSA completion, and roommate problems), alumni have up to three people poised to listen, sympathize, and advise accordingly. All advising stresses the pro-activity of the student.

Alumni Captains & Inter-Class Liaisons

Captain Program Overview:
The Alumni Captains Program is a leadership-building, service-oriented program authenticating the Democracy Prep (DP) mission to go to college and change the world. Captains facilitate relationships between alumni and staff, disseminating information related to college and civic opportunities. They stay in touch with each other, with their cohorts, and with Alumni Relations (AR) staff in order to offer support and motivation so that all alumni can achieve their college and civic goals. With support from the Program Manager and Inter-Class Liaison, each Captain leads a cohort of ten to twelve alumni.

Inter-Class Liaison Program Overview:

Inter-Class Liaisons (ICLs) are former Captains who want to play a more active role. They facilitate and maintain relationships between AR classes, using Captains as their point-people; as such, the Program Manager relies on the Inter-Class Liaison to convey accomplishments and complications between classes and Captains. ICLs will step in to provide extra support to Captains who are struggling. They distribute tasks and are also expected to think critically about ways the Captains Program can grow.

The Pay:

Captains can earn up to $500.00 per summer and per semester. Inter-Class Liaisons can earn $1,000.00. Bonuses are given for extraordinary performance.

To inquire about the application process for the Alumni Captains Program or Inter-Class Liaison Program, please contact Alumni Support Manager Ahmad Al-Ashqar at ahmad.al-ashqar@democracyprep.org.

Alumni Events

College Tours

Every semester AR takes at least two college tours.  These tours give us insight on your well-being. While we’re on campus, you can show us around and we’ll take you out for a meal.  We love to hear from you about your experiences and getting to know about your colleges!  Be on the lookout for emails from AR team members – we will send you an email if we’re travelling to your neck of the woods.

Care Packages

Need a mid-semester boost?  Need some snacks from your dorm room?  The AR team has your back!  Each year, we send a care package to DP first and second year college students.  This year’s care package was sent out early December, 2016.  If you have not yet received your care package, please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of the AR team.

P.S. Not a first or second year college student?  No worries… The AR team will send you a special surprise in the spring semester.

Summer & Winter Events

Each summer and winter, the AR team organizes casual get-togethers to celebrate the accomplishments of our alumni.  Whether a BBQ or dodgeball tournament, these events allow DP alumni to come together, catch up on each other’s lives, and have a good time.  Be sure to check out our <Alumni Events Calendar> to see what events are coming up soon.