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 Latinx community. Below are brief descriptions about our current projects.
We will have more information about other projects soon!
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.
The current political moment is very charged and there is much to learn from this legacy during the time when students and faculty were most active in transforming education at CUNY, through the establishment of ethnic studies, bilingual education, and open admissions among many other victories. These victories, while continuously facing challenges have had a huge impact on our youths education; an impact that is often made invisible. This is one of the reasons this film is so important. It will serve to document the efforts and the commitment of so many in the struggle for ethnic studies and in particular Puerto Rican Studies, as well as to educate future generations.
To learn more about the project, or join the team producing it, please email Producer, 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.
MORE INFORMATION AND A GLIMPSE OF DIGITAL ARCHIVES COMING SOON!
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 the 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 (NWP) Narratives Presentation-telling intergenerational stories with the goal of moving towards an asset based approach to advocacy and equity in education for our youth while engaging youth and the general community in the process. The 10-session curriculum encouraged youth through programmatic activities to express/perform their stories related to Identity, Language, Bullying, Leadership and Activism and other social issues. With the guidance and support of facilitators students of the program write and dramatize their own stories related to the identified topics and present at a final session to the public. 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, Poetry, etc. are utilized.
*You can download a description of the sessions and the report with evaluation results by clicking this pdf icon
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. Below is a Thank You video dedicated to our donors discussing the impact of their donation.
If you would like to make a monetary donation you can donate through our GoFundMe Campaign by clicking the button below
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*Narrative written by Cesar Cardona mentioned in video will be posted soon!