iCare & Tech Use
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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org in order to submit your application for a micro-grant.
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.
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 Assistant Director of College Success John Lindquist at email@example.com.
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.
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.