In the morning, Senior scholars participated in a wellness conversation led by youth advocate Havanna about all that went on during National Portfolio Day the prior week. The scholars got the opportunity to express their opinions on the schools they visited as well as areas they felt like they need or want to improve in after getting feedback from the schools they visited.
The seniors started their afternoon with a brief self meditation and wrote down things they were thankful for. Afterwards, they were treated with a full on work afternoon, working on things ranging from portfolio, scholarships, college essays, researching schools and their requirements, to finalizing financial aid information. They were using their time efficiently and were able to finish the day off completing at least one thing they wanted to work on today.
In the afternoon, Junior scholars were introduced to a few examples of how art and activism go hand in hand. They watched a video about guerrilla artists in Puerto Rico calling for independence, and analyzed the works of 3 contemporary artists using their work as a medium to bring about change.
The scholars reviewed their space agreements and brainstormed topics of social (in)justice that were of interest to them. These included: gun control, the relationship between the NYPD with the MTA as it relates to police brutality, LGBTQ+ rights in the workplace, reproductive rights, the climate crisis, etc. After thinking about and discussing these major topics, scholars were prompted to pick a topic to embark on the project of making a zine about it that they can build on in the future.