Friday, December 6, 2013

December Spotlight from FEYW

Kimberly, a sophomore at the Irma Rangel school, is a leader making a positive impact in her school. To deal with racism and discrimination, she created posters and flyers to hang at her school and throughout her neighborhood.  She gave speeches at church and city council meetings urging individuals to “Be Empowered”.  She applied for the Princeton Prize, and was selected as a winner!

The Princeton Prize in Race Relations recognizes high school students who work to promote harmony, understanding and respect among all races in their communities.  Kimberly was honored for pioneering the school project “United”--campaigning for peace among people of different racial backgrounds.

Winners received an all-expense paid trip to the Princeton University campus to attend the Princeton Prize Symposium on Race.  The student winners from across the country immediately connected with each other through their shared passion to start a revolution against racism.  The 2 ½ day event included conversations and workshops on race relations with local students and Princeton students, alumni and faculty.

Back in Dallas, Kimberly was celebrated at a recognition ceremony where she delivered her presentation to local civic leaders.  Her commitment to lead others persists--she reminds classmates and community members “It stops with you!”  Kimberly will graduate from Rangel in 2016 and plans to study Criminal Justice at Indiana University.

The mission of Foundation for the Education of Young Women is to support single-gender, college-preparatory, public education in Texas and beyond, giving young women the academic and leadership skills to achieve success in college and in life.

By utilizing public-private partnerships and innovative methodologies, FEYW is working within the system to ensure that all of our students graduate from high school and are adequately prepared to achieve success in college. FEYW formed its first public-private partnership with the Dallas Independent School District, and in August 2004, the first all-girls public school in Texas, the Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School, opened its doors.

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