Interview with KIPP Indy Public Schools Alumni

Interview with KIPP Indy Public Schools Alumni

KIPP Indy alumni discuss their time at KIPP and how KIPP Through College supports them as they navigate high school and prepare for college. Isabella, Tatiana, Ronasiea, and Santeianna are all KIPP Indy alumni who are beginning their senior year at various public and private high schools across Indianapolis. Even though they no longer see each other on a daily basis, the bonds that they created at KIPP remain strong and they all still have the same goal: to graduate from college. KIPP Indy’s KIPP Through College team exists to ensure they reach this goal. KIPP Through College counselors supported each of them and their families to enroll in their best-fit high schools and continue to collaborate with them as they prepare for college. Why did you first come to KIPP Indy? Ronasiea: I used to go to a school where I wasn’t learning at all. We really only did math, and even then, if I fell behind nobody seemed to care. When I got in 7th grade, I was behind a lot of the other kids. My mom heard about KIPP and we thought it would get me caught up before I went to high school. Santeianna: I heard about it through my cousin who told me about the end of the year field trip. I had never really traveled outside of Indiana and I couldn’t believe there was a school that cared about me seeing other places and cultures. How did you feel when you first started school at KIPP? Santeianna: Our teachers actually cared about us, and it made the students care about themselves and their...
Martindale-Brightwood Community Panel

Martindale-Brightwood Community Panel

Leaders from across the Martindale-Brightwood community connected with KIPP Indy Public Schools staff members. During orientation this year, KIPP Indy staff members had the opportunity to meet and learn from prominent community leaders. Each of these leaders is deeply committed to the Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood and has extensive knowledge about our community’s rich history and its many assets. Staff members were able to learn about opportunities to engage more deeply with the community as well as how to utilize existing resources from the community to support our students and families. We are so thankful for Barato Britt, Lamont Hulse, and Shirley Alexander support and engagement. Barato Britt Mr. Britt currently serves as the Deputy Executive Director of Programs for the Edna Martin Christian Center (EMCC). EMCC provides wrap around services for over 3,000 low-income families in urban Indianapolis. Mr. Britt is responsible for the operations, program management, and staff development for all EMCC ministries and outreach. Prior to joining EMCC, Mr. Britt worked as a site manager for The Princeton Review where he managed programs that served over 300 youth in Indianapolis Public Schools. Additionally, Mr. Britt has worked to help shape the Indiana education reform dialogue, having served as the Executive Director for the Indiana Chapter of the Black Alliance for Educational Options and as the Communications Director for the Greater Educational Opportunities Foundation. Lamont Hulse Before joining Early Learning Indiana in 2015, Mr. Hulse spent many years preparing to serve the Partnerships for Early Learners. Mr. Hulse led Making Connections Indianapolis, which was a partnership between the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF),...