“Resi” Research Kickoff
The Post-Secondary Success Team, in conjunction with the Residential Program, has partnered with American University to analyze the impact of the “Resi” on Maya students. February 16th, 2016 marked the kick-off of the research project. Everyone came together for a meet and greet over pizza and initial questions. Spotted during the session were two alumni, Harvey Tucker (’14) and Takayla Shepherd (’15, featured below). The hope is our alumni would be able to give a post-secondary perspective on the impact of the Resi on their lives.
The Maya Way: Continuing the Legacy
Join us for the annual Maya Way Event, Celebrating
The Honorable Eric H. Holder, Jr., 82nd Attorney General of the United States.
December 9, 2015 at Longview Gallery Washington, DC.
2015 High School Graduation
This year’s commencement ceremony featured one of Maya’s own as a speaker and presenter. Zuogwi Reeves, MAPCS class of 2009 and a 2014 graduate of Winston Salem State University, was selected to serve as our alumni speaker and shared his wisdom with our graduates. Mr. Reeves reflected on his own journey and shared what he called the Seven Nuggets of Success, which included truisms such as: “life isn’t easy, you have to press forward,” “Change is inevitable and is the essence of life,” and “Surrender who you are for what you can become.” Mr. Reeves is currently employed as Program Associate for College Programs with the College Success Foundation, providing post-secondary support and assistance to DC recipients of the Achievers Scholarship. View more photos here.
“I’ve Been Lynched”
On Sunday, March 15, 2015, twenty current students, staff members, and alumni joined other guests at Bus Boys & Poets at 5th & K St., NW for a stirring theatrical production created by one of Maya’s own. Adriana Cofield, MAPCS alum, and her production company, Unveiling Productions, LLC, treated the audience to poetry, song and dance in a production called “I’ve Been Lynched.” The Office of Alumni Support purchased and donated tickets to “I’ve Been Lynched” as our spring alumni event.
The concert used the power of music to encourage us to confront issues and topics of injustice. “I’ve Been Lynched” is the latest production from Unveiling Productions, LLC, which is an organization that is dedicated to using the performing arts as a way of retelling African American history, which has escaped the history books in our school systems. The event was a fundraiser the forthcoming production, “My Soul Has Grown Deep,” and featured actors of all ages.
Alumni Holiday Homecoming Event
On December 15th, 2014, about 25 MAPCS alumni joined the Office of Alumni Support and the Post-Secondary Success team for an Alumni Holiday Homecoming event, held at the high school. The event, which included both a catered lunch and alumni panel discussion, allowed alumni from as far back as 1999 to connect with our current students and staff. The event featured a continental breakfast, a panel discussion focusing on what students really need to know as they plan for post-secondary education programs or entering the workforce and concluded with a luncheon catered by one of Maya’s own, James Wiggins of Coleman’s Classic catering.
The alumni were treated to a tour of our newly renovated third and fourth floors as well taking in the recently renovated Young Adult Learning Center (YALC). Our alumni panelists visited classrooms, spoke to students in the hallways and marveled at how the schools and organization have grown over the years. The highlight of the event was seeing how our current students received valuable advice and information from our former students on avoiding some of life’s pitfalls.