Alum Updates

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Where Are They Now?

Many of our alumni are working on a number of projects from maintaining healthy family relationships to graduating colleges with degrees in a number of fields. Some are married & raising children while continuing to pursue their career goals. Many of our alumni have deepened their civic involvement and chartered into new territories joining academic, social and empowering organizations committed to change. Read about a few alumni from classes 2009-17 and these wonderful experiences they've shared about their lives after high school. More to come in our next issue!

Congrats to Brooklyn Collaborative alumni on their recent graduations!

Michelle Lugo - Sage

Stephanie Blake - Russel

Michelle Rivera - Russel

Kyla Hunter -Buffalo State

Frankie Molina - Alfred

Brandon Serra - DePauw

Amanda Kelly - Sarah Lawerence

Maya Ennis - Wheaton

Kassandra Marie Fuentes

Tee Craig - Muhlenberg

Ekizia Alicia Edwards - LIU

Elizabeth Edwards - LIU

Karin Abdelgadir - Sage

Rahima Khatun - Medgar Evers

Guadalupe Muller - Guttman

Chad Buckley - Guttman

Maryam Choudhury- Guttman

Maritza Medina - Cornell

Melanie Bostic- Utica College

Caitlin Hackett - Fredonia

Alumni Advice to BCS Students on Attendance

Alumni helped to explain why is middle and high school attendance is important. How did attendance impact your postsecondary plans. What is one message or piece of advice we would like to message to 6th-12th grade students?

Isaac Sharman (Class of 2009) - "Attendance comes naturally when you have motivation to learn. Having a hard time caring? FIND something to care about in school. Can't find something? CREATE something that you care about in school. Ask your teachers; talk to them about what you feel is missing; talk to them about what you DO care about. Because once you find VALUE in your time at school, ATTENDANCE won't even be on your mind (because you'll be occupied thinking and be excited about that thing you CARE about). Also; there is no job in the world that will pay you consistently or decently if your attendance isn't on point. So if $ is a concern: learn how to value your time and BE ON TIME. That's just a basic thing in life."

Ben Radazzo - (Class of ) states, "The way you view time and being on time now (while in middle/high school) will stay with you as you go onto the next level whether that’s school or a job. So if you begin to work on your time management skills now, you’ll be setting yourself up for success in the future. You can start this by making sure you’re always at least 10-15min early to an event/meeting/class, plan out your trip if you’re traveling to a new location you haven’t been to before, and factor in “traffic time”. Time management is something most of us will need to work on for our entire lives, and that’s okay. And just always remember, being early is on time, being on time is late and being late is unacceptable”.

Tanzima Ummi (Class of 2015) "If you don’t go to school now it’ll be harder to get up for work when you’re 25."

Sally Yang (Class of 2012) "It basically shows that you care. You need good attendance to make progress in learning and to build good relationships between classmates and teachers. Attendance in school can also serve as practice for good work ethics after graduation. No manager/recruiter would want to hire someone who fails to show up for their internships or job."

Kent Zheng (Class of 2016) "Don't expect extraordinary result from ordinary effort; in other words, don't expect to magically be able to do what your peers are capable of if you don't put in the effort. I rarely missed class. When I was in BCS, I was often the first one in the hallways waiting outside the classrooms before the teachers even arrived. I didn't need to be, but I was just that motivated to learn. Now, two years after graduation, I am a Prior Service Marine reenlisting into the Army to train and gain experience in fields that are valued in the Civilian world. I am also a licensed security guard with medical training, and a part time after school teacher that kids look up to."