WHO WE ARE
The Alliance for Puerto Rican Education and Empowerment (APREE) started with a few Brooklyn College alumni gathering informally once a month at a local Brooklyn restaurant. After a few sessions, they realized that many of them were the same people who were involved in organizing themselves into the student organization Puerto Rican Alliance
Thus, APREE’s mission statement:
To advocate for social transformation through programs focused on education and the advancement of the Puerto Rican community.
Brief introduction and history:
Participants of APREE have been and are engaged civically and socially in the local and broader community. Many of the founders of APREE are alumni of the City University of New York. Some are retired or nearly retired. All have benefitted from growing up at a time of great change and social awareness that included giving back to our communities. These experiences have positively impacted our lives. To continue the legacy of giving back, they have founded APREE.
Each of our programs and activities will address at least one of the following objectives:
Enhance APREEʼs understanding of issues impacting the Puerto Rican community, locally and globally through continued learning, research and education.
Provide a context for our youth emphasizing the rich history of our communities in working toward social justice.
Create individual and familial support activities and programs that emphasize Puerto Rican and Latin@ cultural awareness.
Mentor and provide scholarships and financial support to Puerto Rican and Latin@ youth to help them develop to their fullest potential.
Provide our youth with models of collaborative leadership and support / advocate for progressive educational strategies, policies and programs.
Promote and support our youthʼs interest and engagement in civic activism.
Recommend and support policies and strategies that reflect our mission, through public conversations, research, and publications.
(PRA) in 1968 to demand that Brooklyn College support the creation of an academic department for the study of Puerto Rican history, culture, and demographics of the Puerto Rican communities, with the focus on the mainland.
Furthermore, their discussions raised their own awareness that it has been almost 50 years since the creation of the Puerto Rican Alliance, and shortly thereafter the establishment of the Puerto Rican Studies Department (PRS) which is now the Department of Puerto Rican & Latin@ Studies. The impetus to organize APREE was the perceived historical necessity to acknowledge and celebrate these iconic, seminal and still vibrant institutions while at the same time addressing the grave educational crisis in our community.