The YPIE QuaranTimes

Volume 8:  September 28, 2020

Rendered by Natalya Buchanan, YPIE Scholar 2024
Artwork by Sydney Ruiz, YPIE Scholar 2025

Calling all artists!

We are looking for submissions from any media, ranging from animations to drawings, paintings, sculptures, etc. pertaining to current events in all genres covered in the news. It can be related to politics, entertainment, sports, and even fashion. Please send all submissions to YPIEQuaranTimes@gmail.com.

In this Issue

Pandemic News 

  • The Rush to Create a Vaccine
  • School in a Pandemic

Politics

  • The Legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  • 2020 Wildfires in Oregon and California
  • Will Biden Be Able to Transform America’s Immigration System?

Entertainment and Lifestyle

  • Chadwick Boseman’s Legacy
  • The Opening of New York City Restaurants
  • Cuties: A Fact-Based Analysis
  • Cuties: An Opinion Piece

Our Voices Heard

  • A Tragic Excuse of a Tribute

YPIE News

  • YPIE Kicks Off New School Year with Individual Blueprints for All YPIE Scholars
 

YPIE QuaranTimes Staff

Editors
Salamatu Lawal, Editor-in-Chief
Alyssa Lee, Our Voices Heard Editor
Catarina Mendes, Politics Editor
Julia Azulay, Entertainment and Lifestyle Editor
Shemar Forbes, Layout Editor
Yismel Castro, Layout Editor
Contributors
Julia Azulay
Yismel Castro
Shemar Forbes
Vanessa Gentile
Salamatu Lawal
Alyssa Lee
Catarina Mendes
Mina Romanowski
Sydney Ruiz
Max Silverman
Advisor
Max Silverman

Welcome to the YPIE QuaranTimes

Produced by YPIE’s Journalism major, the YPIE QuaranTimes is a way for YPIE students to connect and share experiences during these unprecedented times. YPIE Scholars are using this time in so many creative, meaningful ways. As such, the YPIE Journalism major hopes to highlight all of the talent in our community through this publication.
 

Pandemic News

 

The Rush to Create a Vaccine

By Vanessa Gentile, YPIE Scholar 2027

 

The United States recently hit 200,000 deaths due to COVID-19. 200,000 lives lost because people refuse to take precautions such as wearing masks and social distancing. Also, with flu season coming up, we are unable to track symptoms the same way. We can decrease the chance of getting the flu by getting a vaccine. But what about a vaccine for COVID-19?

 

The biggest concern since this pandemic began was when a vaccine would be made. We have been warned time and time again that a vaccine will not be made anytime soon; it will most likely take at least a year to be developed. 

 

As we venture closer to the vaccine’s release, we need to realize that testing for safety cannot be rushed. There has been speculation that some people have already received vaccines, but there is no way to be certain of the validity of this.

 

The British vaccine company AstraZeneca has had trials for a COVID-19 vaccine. However, trials had to stop last week after a worker fell ill. It is unknown what illness it was and how it was contracted since, as NBC News puts it, “[the company] couldn't disclose medical information about the unwell participant for confidentiality reasons.” Luckily, however, trials have resumed.

 

Is there any way of telling how soon it will be before a vaccine is released? No, there isn’t. So many things could go wrong during this process that it is not possible to put a date on when the vaccine will be released. Even then, COVID vaccines won’t bring the virus to a halt. Even after a large number of people get the vaccine, social distancing and mask-wearing will have to continue for a good amount of time. 

 

And it’s a good reminder--wear your mask when you go out and social distance if you can. Remember, with flu season right around the corner, getting your flu shot will help decrease the chance of you getting the flu.

Artwork by Sydney Ruiz, YPIE Scholar 2025
 

School in a Pandemic

By Catarina Mendes, YPIE Scholar 2025

 

Since the COVID-19 virus began invading the world’s nations at the beginning of 2020, there is no doubt that many dramatic changes have occurred. One of these has been the fundamental alteration of how many students engage in school classes.

 

This is a fluid topic, one that continues to change as the year progresses as both school faculty and students adjust to the new format. Protection and caution are the main goals in re-configuring many of the world’s schools, including those here in Yonkers. 

 

During the latter half of the 2019-2020 school year, many struggled to adjust to online learning as schools were forced to discontinue in-person classes. In the early stages of online school, things may have looked quite different from how they look even now, only a few months later. Teachers and students have been learning and adapting throughout the pandemic to accommodate changing school requirements and guidelines. 

 

In the Spring, as school districts tried to adjust to widespread virtual learning and teaching, many struggled with figuring out how to teach in this unconventional manner. Since remote learning was such a new and foreign concept, it was difficult for many to understand how to manage their classes in an entirely new way. Many lacked guidance due to the unprecedented nature of the situation. 

 

Now that people have experience with a remote school year, it has become easier for the district to implement specific guidelines, such as requiring teachers to teach live classes for a certain amount of time per day. However, much is still uncertain, including exactly what this minimum requirement should be. 

 

The district has also made changes to the school day schedule, one of the more notable ones being making a transition from alternating A and B days to set A and C days. Many students and faculty members found this strange and a bit hard to adjust to, as A days now outnumber C days, so certain classes may get more instructional time than others. Moreover, many were not aware that the first day of school was a C day, so followed the wrong schedule on the first day. 

 

Some schools have also opted to begin classes at 8 AM rather than at 7:45 AM, and a time designated for community meetings for teachers to interact with students and answer questions has been added. Besides this, high schools have implemented something known as Wellness Wednesdays” or “Flex Wednesdays as a way to help students manage their screen time. Every Wednesday throughout fully remote learning, classes will be shortened to 20 minutes. 

 

In the 2020-2021 school year, Yonkers is now requiring teachers to work from their respective buildings rather than their homes as was done during the previous school year. Although this may be helping provide some sense of normalcy, as teachers are in the workplace and students tuning into online classes can see the familiar classrooms, it also carries some additional risks for staff. 

 

While originally Yonkers was scheduled to begin using a hybrid learning model on the first day of school, September 8th, the decision was made to instead push back hybrid learning to October 5th and have students learn entirely remotely for September. This greatly decreases the risk associated with being in the school buildings, since there is more space. However, the risk is not completely gone

 

It has been reported that several schools in the district have already seen faculty become infected with COVID-19. In total, there have been at least 5 confirmed cases, a number that, according to Superintendent Dr. Edwin Quezada, is a low number in a workforce of around 4,000. While he is not certain about reopening schools on October 5th, he remains optimistic, saying that, "I will work, I will fight as hard as I possibly can to do it. But I need my parents and the leadership of the bargaining units to accept the challenge. We're in a fight for public education."However, if there have been infections even without an influx of students in the buildings, some may be skeptical of how well-protected both students and staff would be if the district did proceed with beginning hybrid learning on October 5th. 

In addition to this increased risk for staff, teachers teaching from their classrooms are using the Yonkers Public Schools internet. With so many staff members online at once, some teachers are facing internet connection issues. This makes it harder for them to communicate with their students and properly teach and explain class materials. 

 

Online classes also create somewhat of a disconnect between students and their instructors, as students often may not want to turn on their cameras or have bad internet themselves, which may prevent them from being able to fully engage in the class. This is especially relevant in this new school year because teachers have been forced to meet their new students over video calls. 

 

While the immediate future is uncertain, many teachers do hope to be able to welcome their students back soon. As Yonkers continues to plan for reopening, many have clashed over how and when students should return to class in person. Parents have pushed back against the Yonkers Federation of Teachers (YFT), which has outlined several concerns about teachers returning to work, sparking fears that reopening may be delayed more. 

 

The Yonkers Public School District guidelines for hybrid learning are available on the district website’s home page. These guidelines are very thorough, and also outline how the district plans to keep students safe during in-person instructions. Once students return to schools, the importance of monitoring one’s health will be emphasized, and parents will be required to complete a questionnaire regarding their child’s health status, and update it if anything changes. 

 

The district is planning to implement staggered arrival times for students, use of many entrances/exits, restriction of visitors to buildings, regulation of hallway traffic size and direction, and strict hand-sanitizer use requirements when entering rooms. The plan also states that schools can take additional screening measures at their discretion. For example, Gorton High school’s reopening plan includes a requirement of daily temperature checks upon arrival to school. 

 

Under the hybrid instruction model, students will be separated into two cohorts based on last names. The district has also provided students with the option to continue learning fully remotely until at least the end of the first marking period, in November. Of the students opting to participate in hybrid learning, one group will stay home on Mondays and Tuesdays while their peers go into school. Then on Thursdays and Fridays, they will switch and the second group will go into schools while their peers will stay home and watch classes live. Wednesdays have been designated as fully remote days where all students will attend classes from home. 

 

While doing its best to make school safe and effective for students, the district has essentially created three separate groups that will all have different schedules. Teachers will have to teach all three groups at the same time, making sure to engage with and pay attention to those physically in front of them and those watching from home, some of whom they will not be able to see in person at all during the time which hybrid learning is implemented. 

 

The 2020 Coronavirus pandemic has had a tremendous impact on the way students learn and teachers teach. Many school districts, including Yonkers, have had to make enormous changes and adjustments, and are still doing so. This issue is ongoing, as COVID-19 has not yet been fully brought under control, and many aspects of schooling for the 2020-2021 school year are uncertain and may change at any moment. Students and school staff members will continue to adjust and learn to the best of their abilities, whatever the future may bring.

 

 

 

Politics

The Legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

From the YPIE Editorial Board

 

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an American feminist icon and liberal Supreme Court Justice, passed away in her Washington, D.C. home on September 18th due to complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer. Ginsburg spent most of her life fighting to advance equal rights for women and minority groups such as the LGBTQ+ community. A brilliant mind, she earned a full scholarship to prestigious Cornell University, where she met her husband, Martin D. Ginsburg. She later attended Harvard Law school, where she was one of only 9 women in her graduating class of 500, as well as Columbia University, where she later taught as its first female tenured professor. She graduated from Columbia first in her class. 

 

She was one who challenged the male-dominated world of law, enduring criticism and setbacks simply because of her gender. She applied to become a Supreme Court clerk but was denied because she was a woman. She also became the first woman to be a member of the Harvard Law Review. 

 

In the 1970s, she had the opportunity to argue six landmark cases in front of the Supreme Court. Then, in 1980, President Carter appointed her to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, where she served until President Clinton appointed her to the Supreme Court in 1993, making her the second-ever woman to serve as a U.S. Supreme Court justice. On the Supreme Court, she dealt with many more influential cases, one of the most notable being United States v. Virginia, which she wrote the decision for. The court ruled that the Virginia Military Institute’s male-only admission policy was unconstitutional. In King v. Burwell, she sided with the majority in ruling in favor of a section of Obamacare which allowed Americans who had purchased healthcare through “exchanges” to continue receiving subsidies from the government. 

 

There has already been debate over when a new justice will be appointed to fill the vacant position, and by whom. President Trump has announced he is currently considering five women for the position and will announce a decision shortly. 

 

Several Republicans, who in 2016 heavily opposed allowing then-President Barack Obama to pick Justice Antonin Scalia’s replacement since it was too close to the election, are now backtracking, saying President Donald Trump has the constitutional right to appoint a new justice and must exercise said right. 

 

This is in direct opposition to what appeared to be Ginsburg’s dying wish, which she relayed to her granddaughter, that a new justice would not be appointed until a new president comes into office. The fact remains that Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death is sure to impact the future of the U.S. judiciary branch significantly, inevitably shaping our lives as U.S. citizens.

 

We asked our YPIE Scholars how Ruth Bader Ginsburg's life and work impact them and how does the Supreme Court and the law in general impact their lives. Below is what some Scholars said: 

 

“Ruth Bader Ginsburg was and always will be a significant role model for young females striving for the stars. She made great contributions in eliminating stereotypes of gender roles and helped women and workers gain rights, which is an amazing feat itself. Without her, I - a woman of color - would not have the right to vote, to express myself freely, and to work in professions that were solely for men. Furthermore, the Supreme Court and the laws enforced grants me the freedom to exercise my rights, yet it also places limitations in various aspects of my life. Though laws do place restrictions on my rights, I am grateful to be living in a country where inspirational people, such as Ruth Bader Ginsburg, can make a difference in the world.” --Jaylene Anderson, YPIE Scholar 2025


“The Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a wonderful and powerful leader who people like me look up to. As she fought for the LGBT+ Community's and women's rights, her decisions and actions directly impact me, a pansexual woman. She was the justice who heard the voices of the oppressed and fought for my rights. The Supreme Court does have a huge impact on my life as they determine what laws I follow and what is illegal in this country.” --Cristina Mateo, YPIE Scholar 2025

*Update as of 9/28/20: Donald Trump has nominated Amy Coney Barret to fill the supreme court seat left vacant by Ruth Bader Ginsburg's passing. Keep an eye out for ongoing reporting on the supreme court in the YPIE QuaranTimes 

Artwork by Sydney Ruiz, YPIE Scholar 2025

2020 Wildfires in Oregon and California

By Alyssa Lee, YPIE Scholar 2026

 

According to scientists, the recent wildfires that have devastated millions of acres in Oregon and California are the worst they have been in 18 years. Scientists have also linked these terrorizing fires directly to climate change. 

 

This is despite President Donald Trump’s insistence that the blame should be assigned to “poor fire management,” and that, "science doesn't actually know what is happening." 

 

The U.S. National Fire Interagency Fire Center has stated that their firefighters are battling 106 larger-than-average wildfires across the western United States, with varying levels of burning within the states. 

 

The majority of the fires are in California, a hotspot for these kinds of disasters. It has been reported that over 17,000 firefighters are in that area, battling about 20 major blazes. And without a foreseeable rain forecast in the future, conditions remain ripe for the formation of new fires.

 

U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon even described the scene that laid before him as something Hollywood would portray in an apocalypse movie

 

The fires not only impact the land itself but the people who built their homes there. The land is ravaged, small towns are destroyed, and tens of thousands of people displaced, even ending up homeless at times. 

 

Typically, these types of disasters don’t rack up a large body count, instead injuring people, but there has been a reported 30 dead since the beginning of the fires. 

 

Also, the air quality in Oregon, Washington, and California have hit a record-breaking low. In parts of Oregon, the air quality has gone far beyond the scale of the state’s Air Quality Index. 

 

According to NASA, pollution from wildfires contains a combination of fine particles that are hazardous to human health. Residents are warned to be wary of their smoke intake and to remain informed about local air quality announcements. 

 

Wildfire season in California usually thins out in October, but with these unprecedented additions to the disaster, the projected end could be farther in the future.

 

Will Biden Be Able to Transform America’s Immigration System?

By Shemar Forbes, YPIE Scholar 2025

 

As we approach the 2020 presidential election, Democratic nominee Joe Biden has vowed to disassemble President Trump’s changes towards the American immigration system, if elected president.

 

To go about this endeavor, Biden plans to re-establish the asylum system, which allows migrants to stay in the U.S. as refugees, and fully reinstate DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), which protects migrants that entered the country illegally as children from deportation. 

 

Biden also said he would support alternatives to immigration detention, such as case management, which allows immigrants to live and work in their community as their case goes through the hearing process.

 

All of Biden’s plans can be found in his position paper on immigration.

 

Although Biden is determined to implement these policies, it will be a difficult feat to accomplish. According to the Migration Policy Institute, President Trump has made over 400 executive actions on immigration, including tightening border security, limiting DACA, restricting asylum, and enforcing the Migrant Protection Protocols policy. Sarah Pierce, a policy analyst at the Migration Policy Institute, says, “...[E]ven if we have a new administration, Trump will continue to have had an impact on immigration for years to come.”

 

Biden would also have to confront Border Control. In the past 45 months, immigration agents have been given incredible freedom and support from the Trump administration. If Biden plans on reforming the immigration system, he must make drastic changes towards the agencies that administer immigration laws in America.

 

However, those changes will not be unchallenged. R.J. Hauman, a leader of government relations at the Federation for American Immigration Reform, expresses, "If Biden is elected and his administration starts rescinding executive actions that Trump had firm legal authority to do, groups like us will sue. That is a fact. We did so under President Obama, and we'll do so again.”

 

There is also the possibility that asylum seekers may flood the Southern Border. Last year, thousands upon thousands of Central Americans migrated to El Paso, Texas for refuge. This overwhelmed the Border Patrol, causing them to detain migrants in squalid conditions. Reopening borders will encourage asylum seekers from Central America and other regions to flock to the U.S. for refuge again.

 

Perhaps the greatest challenge Biden will face is the pandemic. Allowing migrants to enter the country can exacerbate the spread of the coronavirus; however, Biden has not mentioned if he plans to postpone reopening borders. If Biden wins the election, it will be interesting to see how his administration balances immigration and keeping Americans safe.

Entertainment and Lifestyle

 
Artwork by Sydney Ruiz, YPIE Scholar 2025

 

 

Chadwick Boseman’s Legacy

By Yismel Castro, YPIE Scholar 2025

 

Throughout our lives, we get asked questions such as “Who's your greatest inspiration?” or “Who do you want to be like?” Not surprisingly, many individuals answer these questions with a simple name: Chadwick Boseman. 

 

Boseman is greatly recognized for his prominent role in Black Panther. Through this movie, he manifested the greatness behind Black power and showed that persistence, loyalty, love, and determination were tools that every superhero should possess. Thanks to his amazing movie, he became the superhero that Black kids can look up to; one that looks like them, but also one they aspire to be.

 

For so many people, Boseman is the definition of inspiration due to his determination and persistence, regardless of being in the middle of fighting his own battle. He was a human being who brought light to the world through his majesty and his exquisite art. He portrayed his characters in a way that allowed the audience to feel the struggle and passion that each character faced. 

 

Every emotion was conveyed with essence, especially in his roles as Jackie Robinson and James Brown as he tells the stories of Black leaders who were able to make history. He was greatly venerated for these roles; however, he is now honored because of his ability to shed so much light even when his world was fighting for rays of sunshine. 

 

Boseman was on a mission to show the world the greatness behind Black power, kindness, and humility. He was able to advocate for his mission and allow others to join his movement of spreading love. 

 

Boseman had been diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, which means that he continued to work on his career while going through such a tragic experience. August 28, 2020, was when he left the world and finally acquiesced to his cancerous enemy.  He kept his illness in anonymity, regardless of the backlash he received for looking relatively thin. He never responded or advocated for hate; he simply kept his head high and continued to fight his silent battle while knowing his purpose was to shed light.  

 

Barack Obama was one of the many individuals that felt the surprise of Boseman’s death and expressed, “You could tell right away he was blessed. To be young, gifted, and black; to use that power, to give them heroes to look up to; to do it all while in pain — what a use of his years.”  Obama was alluding to the time when Boseman dressed up as Jackie Robinson and went to the White House to meet the kids who saw him as their superhero.  

 

Chadwick Boseman was still trying to inspire generations by giving them someone to look up to.  Young Black kids, especially, were able to see Boseman as pure inspiration. Now that he’s gone, his legacy allows him to continue his mission because even when he was fighting death itself, he never stopped spreading love and light to the world. His prominent dedication will always be remembered. Chadwick Boseman’s memory will always be preserved as an individual who shared light and the importance of Black power.  


 

The Opening of New York City Restaurants

By Salamatu Lawal, YPIE Scholar 2025

 

With the COVID-19 rates in New York City decreasing, Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the opening of indoor restaurants at 25 percent capacity on September 30.

 

This may be concerning to many citizens due to the relationship between eating out and COVID cases. Studies led by the CDC linked eating out at restaurants to an increased possibility of contracting COVID-19. In a survey done by Sienna College, 58 percent of the people polled are still not comfortable with dining indoors in a restaurant and 72 percent are uncomfortable with having a drink at a bar.

 

To address these concerns, the government has ordered several guidelines to ensure that indoor dining is as safe as possible. Along with the reduced capacity, temperature checks at the door are required for all customers. Tables will be situated six feet apart and masks must be worn at all times when not situated at the table. There will be no bar services and all restaurants will be closed at midnight.

 

The opening of restaurants in New York City is a sign that things are starting to return to normal; however, individuals should still be very cautious. It is understandable why the decision to open indoor dining was made. The closing of restaurants claiming the jobs of thousands of staff played into the increasing unemployment rates in the city. The reopening of restaurants is one step towards ameliorating unemployment rates.

 

If you decide to go dining in New York City, please abide by the guidelines provided because if the necessary precautions are not taken, COVID-19 cases will rise and New York may revert to its previous state. 

 

Cuties: A Fact-Based Analysis

By Julia Azulay, YPIE Scholar 2026

 

One of Netflix’s new releases has garnered immense controversy and backlash in the past couple of weeks. Cuties, a French film directed by Maïmouna Doucouré, was created to “recreate the girl she was” at the main character’s age. Doucouré underwent a year of research to delve into how peer pressure and societal expectations affect preteen girls. It was an innovative idea in theory, but when it was put into practice, there were some mixed feelings. 

 

To summarize, the film is centered around 11-year-old Amy Diop (played by Fathia Youssouf) as she chases her dream of assimilating into the French city she’d recently moved to. With a strict, religious upbringing, Amy began her journey timid and hesitant. However, once she established friendships and joined a dance troupe, she “grew out of her shell” (in her friends’ minds). Conflict rises as Amy starts sneaking around her family to fulfill a mature image her friends perpetuated.

This conflict later catches up to Amy when she has to confront her Senegalese Muslim family that was filled with rage. Her advisor and great-aunt, Auntie, warns her on multiple occasions that a young girl should not be behaving or presenting herself in the way she does. Her mother, Mariam, also had no choice but to step in and discipline Amy after she gets into major trouble at school.

 

Despite all of these efforts, Amy still went out of her way to follow her friends’ path and perform at the dance competition they practiced for all along. Once her impulsiveness set in, she felt a heavyweight of guilt crush her body and ran back home before their performance even concluded. 
Although this story seems raw and appropriate for a coming-of-age story that illustrates themes of society’s pressure, familial traditions, and friendships, it still had many flaws--too many flaws to count.

 
Artwork by Sydney Ruiz,  YPIE Scholar 2025

 

 

Cuties: An Opinion Piece

By Mina Romanowski, YPIE Scholar 2025    

 

On August 19, 2020, French director Maïmouna Doucouré decided to release a ‘coming of age’ film titled Cuties. This movie is centered around five eleven-year-old girls who join a ‘twerking squad.’  On September 9, 2020, the streaming service debuted the movie, giving it the following genres: emotional, drama, friendship.

 

If this were perhaps a documentary, then I would say leave it on streaming service Netflix to educate people on the disheartening and gross world of pedophilia, but it is no documentary. 

 

This is a movie that’s supposed to be entertaining, but there is not a single enjoyable thing in this film. The dancing these young girls do is far from appropriate. The director states it is so these children can ‘embrace their sexuality.’ These are not women. They’ve just finished learning how to read, write, and walk; they are still figuring out what ‘navigating through life’ even means. It’s tragic to know the director continues defending this film which is borderline child pornography. 

 

I hope those of you reading this understand what this movie is. It is NOT a documentary and it is NOT a stand against pedophilia. This is an abomination and it must get taken down. 

 

Our Voices Heard

 

A Tragic Excuse of a Tribute 

By Mina Romanowski, YPIE Scholar 2020

 

September 11, 2001, is infamous as the day when nearly 3,000 innocent people lost their lives due to a terrorist attack.    

 

This shook all Americans and allies of America to their core. For those old enough to recall this tragic day in history, it is a known fact that seeing planes may trigger PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder). Knowing this, most would consider it unethical and tone-deaf to send a plane as a tribute. Unfortunately, one group is exempt from this. 

   

The military saw it fit to send an airplane over the "Big Apple" (AKA New York City) as a tribute to this unforgettable tragedy. Journalist Lee Brown describes this occurrence as ‘tone-deaf’, completely tasteless’ and in the article linked he displays several social media rants from survivors/spectators of the day that changed so many lives for the worse. 

 

It is to my belief, even as a person who wasn’t at the Twin Towers, that this is a slap in the face. This is essentially laughing in the faces of survivors and the loved ones of the departed civilians and heroes of that day. Actions and so-called ‘tributes’ like these need to be stopped. 

 

YPIE News

YPIE Kicks Off New School Year with Individual Blueprints for All Scholars

By Max Silverman, Director of College Readiness
 

Everyone learns differently, and every student’s path to reaching their goals is unique. We at YPIE know that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to success, and firmly believe that every student deserves a holistic, individualized support system behind them as they pursue their personal goals. 

 

As this academic year begins, YPIE College Readiness Managers will work with each of our 448 Scholars, their families, and their Graduation Coach mentors to develop an individualized learning plan -- a YPIE Blueprint -- for the year and beyond. 

 

In the process of creating their Blueprint, students will reflect on their goals and develop a plan to incorporate YPIE and other supports to empower them on the path to college success. Some students may find that they are struggling in a particular subject and would benefit from participating in a YPIE-facilitated study group or tutoring. 

 

Others may find that they need more opportunities to explore their passion, and might enjoy participating in one of our eight career pathway programs. Still, others may recognize a need for ongoing self-care or deeper community involvement and will be promptly connected to the appropriate people or program(s) within our network of community partners. 

As students complete their YPIE Blueprints, they are prompted to recognize each member of their support team -- family, friends, teachers, coaches, mentors -- who will hold them accountable for executing the Blueprint throughout the year. Whatever the necessary combination of opportunities and support systems may be (within YPIE, the school system, and beyond), the YPIE Blueprint will serve as each student’s blueprint for their future, and remind them that they are never alone in this journey.


Take a look at ypie.org/blueprint

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Interested in contributing?  Email YPIEQuaranTimes@gmail.com or Max Silverman, YPIE QuaranTimes Advisor and Director, College Readiness.
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