Alumni Stories

A woman speaking to a crowd
Last June, more than 300 people gathered outside the gates of the New Jersey Training School for Boys ( known as "Jamesburg") to call for its closure after 150 years as a youth prison. Attorney Andrea McChristian addressed the rally.
Dan Hedden
June 11, 2018
Critics say New Jersey’s youth prisons are wildly expensive and a relic of the past.
By
Susan Brenna
An illustration of church buildings and religious believers.
June 11, 2018
From a nun who uses Snapchat to connect with believers to a lawyer who fights for Muslims’ constitutional rights, these alums put faith at the center of all they do.
By
Paula Ann Solis
A woman with a camera
Kevin Martinez
June 11, 2018
In the Rio Grande Valley, a group of film students are creating prize-winning work that reflects the better world they want to live in.
By
Paula Ann Solis
The covers of 5 children's books
June 11, 2018
A project to build up book collections for LGBTQ youth inspired these suggestions for your own reading list (and your classroom).
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A groom holds his bride's hand, getting ready to spin her around.
June 11, 2018
When Adnan met Christina, two people with their eyes on the stars turned their focus to one another.
By
Paula Ann Solis
A young man dribbling a basketball
June 11, 2018
The points this unified basketball team puts on a scoreboard are far from their most impressive feat. That would be the friendships made on the court.
By
Paula Ann Solis
A logo of a lightbulb with laurels
May 17, 2018
Camps for Navajo youth, art classes for distressed undocumented families, and sex education via phones. Meet the finalists for Teach For America's 2018 Social Innovation Awards.
By
Paula Ann Solis