Spotlight on Schools: Democracy Prep
Democracy Prep Charter School, 222 West 134 Street, New York, NY 10030
Ana is a seventh grade scholar from the CUNY advisory. Born in Mexico, she moved to New York when she was six years old. Ana chose Democracy Prep because she didn’t like how others schools felt. “Everyone was always playing around and I didn’t like it.” When she was attending another school, she ran into a former classmate who attended DPCS. After hearing about Democracy Prep, Ana applied and was accepted in the seventh grade lottery.
Ana is looking forward to attending Harvard and pursuing a career working with a Special Victims Unit. Ana is also a wonderful writer and a regular contributor to the school’s literary magazine, Dream Keepers.
Other interesting news at the school includes the 200 Democracy Prep students who lived the lesson of democracy, recently handing out flyers reading “I can’t vote, but you can!” A key aspect of the Democracy Prep program is breaking the cycle of civic disengagement in urban areas.
It’s so awesome to be a part of the election, even though we are too young to vote,” Tanaya Cardenales says. Earlier, students filled out mock voter registration cards at school so that they would be eligible to vote in the mock primary, alongside real voters.#
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