Aligned with our mission to advocate for social transformation through programs focused on education and the advancement of the Puerto Rican community, APREE has developed multiple educational programming and projects throughout New York City. Our members have developed models for student engagement and empowerment and have created a photography exhibit capturing the history of Puerto Rican Pioneras (female pioneers). Each program and project impacts the Puerto Rican and Latino/a/x community.
Below are brief descriptions about our current projects with links for more information.
APREE Celebratory Educational Film
2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Puerto Rican and Latino Studies Department (PRLS) at Brooklyn College, one of the first in the nation. To recognize and celebrate the movements that led to this event, the Alliance for Puerto Rican Education and Empowerment (APREE) has committed to produce a celebratory short educational-film on the founding of PRLS with a focus on the struggle that led up to it, as well as the impact the department has had on the generations that came after.
Click Here to download a description of the project.
To learn more about the project please email,
Gisely Colón López
We are also looking for archival materials such as photos, flyers, buttons, or other memorabilia from the last 50 years, please contact Gisely Colón López to alert us and contribute your items to the project.
*This project is being independently produced by APREE and is not affiliated with any university or college.
Puerto Rican Pioneras Digital Exhibit
Curated by Esther Farmer and Tony Nieves, founding members of APREE, this exhibit is dedicated to the original pioneering women who have made significant contributions to the history of Puerto Rico and the U.S. They came from all walks of life and were poets, children of slaves, educators, labor organizers, politicians, lawyers, doctors and revolutionaries, Many of them died penniless after a life of struggle and commitment. We stand on the shoulders of these women giants, our mothers, and sisters. APREE is proud to honor them.
Click on the images below to see pictures of selected pioneras and a blurb describing their legacy.
The purpose of the Dr..Lisette Nieves program is to build on APREE’s Not a White Paper (NAWP) Narratives Presentation-telling intergenerational stories with the goal of moving towards an asset based approach to advocacy and equity in education for our youth simultaneously engaging youth and the general community in the process. The 10-session curriculum encouraged youth through drama based activities in expressing and performing their own stories related to Identity, Language, Bullying, Leadership and Activism and other social issues. With the guidance and support of facilitators, students of the program wrote and dramatized their own stories related to the identified topics. APREE members, guest educators and artists are all part of the program. At least two adults associated with APREE are present during the sessions. Readers Theatre, Drama, Story Telling, and Poetry are utilized.
Embedded within the curriculum was an "Intro to College" workshop series, culminating with a trip to Brooklyn College-CUNY. High School students attended a campus tour and lecture-talk.
*A downloadable report containing a description of the sessions with evaluation results will be available soon (03/2020).
Dr. Lisette Nieves Program
Images from the 2017-2018 Academic Year Program
Hurricane Relief Education Fund
In Response to the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, APREE has created a Hurricane Relief Education Fund- dedicated to supporting the education of the children and youth of Puerto Rico impacted by the hurricane.
We are no longer accepting donations for this fund.
Below is a Thank You video dedicated to our donors discussing the impact of their donation.
*Narrative written by Cesar Cardona mentioned in video will be posted soon!