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New Friends, New Experiences, New Skills: Scholars Reflect on The High School Summer Prep Fellowship

October 7, 2022 Success Academy

When SA HSLA-Manhattan scholars Abiola Ilesanmi, Tyrone Stevenson, and Octoba Grant were first accepted to the SA High School Summer Prep Fellowship, their reactions were a mixture of excitement and fear. “I had never even been to a sleepover before,” shared Abiola, “I did not think my parents would allow me to go away for... Read more

My Plans Were Canceled, But I’m Making the Most of Summer 2020

July 29, 2020 Success Academy

When SA realized that our scholars faced a socially-distanced summer with limited opportunities for fun and learning, we knew we needed to find a way to help them make these months more meaningful. Read more

Lessons Learned This Summer

September 21, 2018 Success Academy

When Success Academy 10th graders Ebrahim Jaiteh and Kiera Toussaint first arrived at the Loomis Chaffee boarding school campus, they were slightly shocked by the sound of silence — and the number of trees. The setting, so unlike the noisy bustling streets of where they grew up, would be the first of many differences that... Read more

Notes to the Principal’s Office

August 29, 2017 Andrew Malone

One of our scholars was selected as one of just 80 participants (out of 2,400 applicants) for the prestigious Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES) program at MIT. High School of the Liberal Arts Principal Andy Malone shares two emails from the scholar recounting this truly special experience. Read more

Poetry and Transformations in Ireland

August 3, 2017 Autumn Swepson

In July, Success Academy Scholar Autumn Swepson traveled to Ireland with Putney Student Travel: Writing in Ireland. This unique travel experience brought together carefully selected student writers to explore the literary roots and storytelling traditions of Ireland, all while improving their own craft. Read more

Skip Pouring the Coffee; SA Interns Grow as Professionals — in High School

June 8, 2017 Frances Litvak

Current and former Merrill Lynch interns offer inside looks at their experience, while another Success Academy student shares what he learned interning with 300 Entertainment. Read more

A Summer of Possibility: SA High Schoolers Earn $100k+ in Scholarships for Summer Programs

April 11, 2017 Twink Williams Burns

Through the work of our Manager of Pre-College Programs and our College Access and Persistence Team, our scholars have already secured spots in 35 different summer programs, across the U.S. and abroad. Read more

My Summer Sewing Up Wounds

September 12, 2016 Suneil Jeter

Ever since I was five years old, I have loved the idea of working in the medical field — it’s been my dream. Read more

Singing My Heart Out

September 1, 2016 Ashley Rivas

When I arrived at Summer Arts Institute in July, I was nervous and excited. But again the nerves went away — from the minute I stepped through the door, we sang non-stop every day. Read more

Capital Connections: What I Learned from a Week With Future Latino Leaders

August 9, 2016 Lexi Torres

This summer, I had a life-changing experience at the Future Latino Leaders Law Camp at American University in Washington, D.C. Read more