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Class of 2019 graduation speeches featuring Mariah Pabon, Girls Prep Lower East Side Valedictorian, and Gabriella Bravo, Girls Prep Bronx Middle School Valedictorian.


Public Prep Alumnae College Graduation



While Public Prep is a network of elementary and middle schools, including Girls Prep Lower East Side, Boys Prep Bronx, and Girls Prep Bronx, our commitment to our scholars lasts well beyond when they graduate. Since 2013, Girls Prep has had five graduating classes of 8th graders, with now over 300 Girls Prep alumnae enrolled in grades nine through twelve in phenomenal, college-prep parochial, private or public high schools, and attending some of the finest colleges and universities in the country.

As part of our alumnae support, Public Prep provides our alumnae with college visit opportunities, guidance on the financial aid (FAFSA) process, and as you will see below, exclusive partnerships with institutions of higher education that guarantee Girls Prep (and ultimately Boys Prep) alumnae immersive, multi-day or multi-week on-campus, summer experiences. We also educate our alumnae about the nearly 100 world-class colleges and universities that are either tuition-free or have "no-loan" financial aid policies that ensure our scholars would receive an incredible education, and would graduate with a degree and virtually no debt. In sum, we support our alumnae scholars so that they optimally have four or more offers of admission from "right-fit" colleges, with financial aid packages that ensure they remain on a path to college completion.



Girls Prep Lower East Side Class of 2015
High School Graduate of Medgar Evers College Preparatory High School
Da Jia Hao ('Hello Everyone' in Mandarin)

Ja'nai, '15, is a rising Junior at Medgar Evers College Preparatory School. Ja'nai entered Girls Prep in September 2008 as a second grader and graduated as an 8th grader in 2015. Through nurturing teachers and developing great friendships, she has grown to be a self-assured and enthusiastic scholar on the road to greatness.

The world was a classroom for Ja'nai this summer. Through Americans Promoting Study Abroad (a program that provides youth with study abroad opportunities), and sponsorship from Girls Prep, Ja'nai was able to spend 4 weeks in China immersing herself in the culture, language, food, and fun!

As part of the program, which seeks to prepare youth for an increasingly globalized workplace, Ja'nai spent time learning about business relations between China and America. She visited companies like the Bank of China, as well as explored sites like the Great Wall of China, Tiananmen Square, and 798 Art District.

JA'NAI L. Girls Prep Lower East Side Class of 2015

Girls Prep is proud of Ja'nai's accomplishments and is honored to guide her on her path to college completion, as a scholar and a global citizen! As Ja'nai so eloquently stated, "Since the first day of school, my life has changed drastically...I have become a confident and enthusiastic student who has a great desire to complete college and explore the world. My teachers at Girls Prep have influenced and impacted my life in a positive way. [They] helped me fall in love with learning."


Girls Prep Lower East Side Class of 2013
Sophomore at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY


After graduating from Girls Prep LES Middle School's first 8th grade cohort in 2013 her family relocated to upstate New York. Kayla was torn about where to go to college this fall, but the decision for her became easier after she applied for and was accepted into the HEOP (Higher Educational Opportunity Program). HEOP is a 4-year mentoring program that provides a network of academic, financial, and social-emotional resources to help students transition successfully to and through college. They offer academic tutors and grants that cover the cost of books as well as help cover the gap between financial aid given and needed. HEOP allowed Kayla to spend 5 weeks living on her new college campus this summer before starting her freshman year so that she could start making friends and meet some of her professors. She says HEOP has been a life changer and a life saver for her!
Kayla chose to go to Skidmore College in beautiful Saratoga Springs, NY. She lives in a large dorm room triple with two other roommates, who she says are very different, but she bonds with them over academic things and they study together, as well as social things like shopping and friends. She says the dining hall food is delicious and ranked in the top 5 in the whole state! Kayla is a member of a team called Ujima which stands for collective work and responsibility. They participate in service work across campus and fund raisers. She's also on the varsity step team as a freshman! Check out a pic of Kayla and her step team here!

KAYLA L. Girls Prep Lower East Side Class of 2013

Lastly, Kayla has some advice for her younger Girls Prep sisters:

"Going away to college can seem scary and it's easy to forget that everyone in your year is going through the same thing as you! This makes it so much easier to make friends because we're all in the same boat and I'm having a great time being away from home. College is everything I was promised and more and I've already done some amazing things in less than 2 months that I've been here. Even when I'm not in class there is so much to learn. For example, there are affordable concerts on campus all the time and lectures from published authors. Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum came to campus last week gave a presentation on her book, "Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?" I got to meet her and get a signed copy of her book, which was so special after being in the Beverly Daniel Tatum homeroom at Girls Prep in 7th grade! I highly recommend everyone apply for HEOP. It has made college the best experience of my life and I love Skidmore!"


Girls Prep Lower East Side Class of 2016
Junior at Harvest Collegiate High School
Ajonea is in 11th grade and participates in dance club and student ambassadors.  She really loves her high school experience and has spoken at the Youth Over Guns rally on behalf of women’s march empowerment through her school. She's also helped to organize school walk outs and protest around stricter gun control laws and the presence of institutionalized racism in our community. Currently, she's working on two things, the first is a research project combining the treatment of people of color over the years with music college project for Fordham University. The second Is a “Stand Against Hate” event at her school to talk about how in recent news, we have been made witness to horrific acts including the attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue Tree of Life; the shooting of unarmed African-Americans and anti-immigrant rhetoric and speeches and how we can unite as one to stop this. As far as college the number one college she's looking into is Fordham University to Major in Applied Psychology,minor in criminal justice then hopefully attend their law school to get her law degree in criminal justice.


Girls Prep Alumna and  Namesake Sandra Cisneros

Pictured above: Ajeona and Sandra Cisneros, a Girls Prep Lower East Side classroom Namesake. 


Girls Prep Lower East Side Class of 2013
Sophomore at Southern Vermont College
Major: Human Services

When asked why she enjoys college, she responded: "The reason why I enjoy college is because I am able to express myself in multiple ways while still having a very inclusive support system around me"

Alumnae Scholar at Southern Vermont College