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2018 Year-End Campaign- Keyairra’s Story

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Since 2011, People’s Prep has successfully provided a high-performing, college-preparatory high school for Newark students and their families. When we opened our doors, 95 students entered as the Class of 2019 and became the first People‚Äôs Prep to pursue a college education.

Throughout the past eight years, these alumni have been supported by the People’s Prep community, most notably our Office of College Placement. Our advisers have visited each student on campus at least once per year, our community of donors has offered thousands of dollars in financial aid for tuition and books, and the People’s Prep Core Values of Grit, Empathy, Achievement, Curiosity, Humility, and Enthusiasm have helped to develop resilient, soon-to-be college graduates.

As we prepare to celebrate our first college graduates this May, we acknowledge the tremendous amount of work that lies ahead. Whether these alumni choose to pursue employment or seek to further their education with post-graduate studies, People’s Prep will be there to offer guidance, support, and an extra source of encouragement.

And as these students celebrate their remarkable college graduations, they will also celebrate you, our incredible donors, who have helped them to break the mold and accomplish a dream that many never thought to be possible. In a city where only 19% of the population holds a college degree, People’s Prep students will enter the next phase of their lives as informed, involved, and resilient citizens.

As we focus our attention to 2019, please join us by making a contribution to People’s Prep’s Year-End Campaign. A portion of your donation will support these alumni who will walk the stage in 2019 and execute the mission of our school.

Thank you, in advance, and we look forward to celebrating the Class of 2019!


Meet Keyairra, Class of 2019

The transition from high school to college at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) was tumultuous for People’s Prep graduate, Keyairra. As a freshman, Keyairra was trying to fit in as a science and engineering student while her true passion was international law. She soon found herself on academic probation and second-guessing her ability to accomplish her dreams.

Keyairra quickly realized that she needed additional support and sought the advice of her alumni advisers at People’s Prep. The team responded, providing to her extra support services, including one-on-one campus visits and academic advisement. As a result, Keyairra adjusted her course path to better suit her interests and earned a spot on the Dean’s List.

This past summer, Keyairra was selected to participate in the Summer Institute of Pre-Legal Studies at Seton Hall University School of Law, a five-week intensive residential program for economically disadvantaged students interested in studying law. This course will also help to prepare her for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT).

As she looks toward graduation, Keyairra has her sights on law school. But first, she hopes to study abroad in South Korea. Congratulations, Keyairra!

Written by Emily Kaplowitz