Speech written and presented by Aisha Leroy at Union Square
Good afternoon, I’m Aisha Leroy in the 8th grade coming from Community school 211 in the Bronx. I’m here to represent the Adolescent Literacy Program. This year we are lucky to have the opportunity to work with LEAP. and Ms. Rukhshan in our public arts project .Our group made a very careful choice to make our table based on gender equality.
To this day, people fight for equal rights. We’re here to continue that fight for equality. We hope that our table teaches each and every one a lesson, that everyone is important. We should not be judged by our gender. It hurts to see women be put down or looked down upon because we aren’t men
At my young age, I’ve experience sexism. I’m sure there are other women here who’ve been looked over, perhaps even men. Everyone should consider that women are being paid less for the same jobs as men today. Everyone should be paid equally and treated equally. We should be able to be anything we want to be
By Kevin Kelly
My name is Kevin I am 13 years old I go to school Community School 211. I had fun in the event that took place in Manhattan; it was very exciting I met the artist Daze. He was impressed with our art table. I had also enjoyed the people presenting their tables and the problems that we face today. They were very proud to present their work on drugs, animal abuse, bullying, gun violence and our table gender equality and other important issues they worked on. I also enjoyed the speeches the principals did. They talked about how they are proud of how the young ones are sending a message to the world expressing their feelings towards a certain problem.
I also liked how they took time to look at our art. I was proud of my team because our table caught a lot of attention and compliments with people coming towards us and saying they love and appreciate our work. They said things like “your work pops” due to the background decoration and the color choice. Furthermore, I was so proud of my school. I always wanted to be on television also, so I was supremely excited.
by Christopher Herrera
My name is Christopher Herrera. I am 14 years old in the 8th grade from C.S 211 in the Bronx. We worked with LEAP Teaching Artist Ms. Rukhshan. Our public art project addressed the issue of people not being treated equally. We chose this issue because women do not get paid as much as men when doing the same job. The art medium/media we used was acrylic paint and paint markers. What we hope that our table expresses to the world is that everybody is equal.
By Arturo Carreras
During A-Lit we went on a trip to see Daze, an artist that were learning about at this time. When arriving to his art studio we learned a lot about how he works and how he gets into a certain mood when he works. Most of us asked him questions like, “Do you use a lot of colors?” and “Do you do art for your entertainment?” We had fun going to the studio and we think he enjoyed us as well.
What we are working on now in our A-lit group is a public art lunch table exhibit. The theme of the artwork is sexism. With this project we are focusing on trying to catch a person’s attention and trying to see how they would feel about the subject that we chose. We are trying to get people to change their thinking and fix their mistakes.
by Estervin Cepeda
My experience to Binghamton was great because I learned things that I never knew. Also, because of the trip I want to make more effort to make it to college. My experience with my mentors was like a big bond that will never breaks. It changed my way of thinking in a lot of ways because my mentor and my host opened my eyes to things I can do and told me to follow my dreams.
by Geraldine Ortega
My experience on the JUMP Nation in Binghamton trip was very fun. I really like JUMP Nation because it had fun and interactive activities, and you get to talk to people with similar interests. I really liked my mentor and host because they had similar interests to me and were very nice. My mentor and I both love anime and we both love drawing.
This experience changed my perspective on college because I thought college would be very hard and tiring but it’s actually fun, but you have to work. I thought that for what I want to do, become a makeup artist, that you need to be in college; I don’t know why I thought that. This was my experience in JUMP Nation in Binghamton.
by Joely Ventura
As young, developing children, and future leaders, we are meant to learn something. The world surrounding us will inevitably teach us these things. To make sure we learn these great life lessons the right way, the leaders of now and today have made it their calling to devote themselves to satisfying our every need so we don't destroy this world more than it already is.
A group of people created a program to ameliorate teenager’s lives. They decided on the name: JUMP (Juvenile Urban Multicultural Program) Nation to represent their want to help the children who will lead their country. This program has gone for years but, each year it is a thrilling phenomenon. It was our turn to experience something that can change our lives.
Our trip was long but we were refreshed with drinks and chips to keep us energized. Getting to the university, we were greeted by JUMP personnel and were shown a spectacular Greek life stroll, while eating dinner, to show us an insight of Binghamton’s extracurricular activities. After this, we were separated by gender, and taken to rooms to meet our companions for the weekend. Everyone was accompanied or matched with a host and at least one mentor, to guide them throughout the weekend. We were then sent off to sleep and dream of the next day’s promising buzz.
Over the next few days we enjoyed forums, roller-skating, a talent show, and much more. But with all these activities came long friendships, heartwarming talks, and bonds that can never be broken despite our differences and pasts. We learned some things that weekend and they WILL follow us through our ups and downs, but that’s okay because it gives a satisfying purpose.
by Aniell Castillo
The experience I had on the trip was good because I had fun with my host. I had fun because I got to spend time with my friends as well as with new people, and we got to play basketball and play 2K17 with my mentor’s friend. My experience with my host was good because we trusted each other and he gave me advice. The way this trip changed my perspective about college is by showing me that college is not only work but it also fun.
by Dismary Santos
My experience on the JUMP (Juvenile Urban Multicultural Program) Nation to Binghamton trip was very amazing because I had the chance to see what college life was like. I honestly was very scared because I have never been away from my parents for four days, but then I got comfortable and I enjoyed my time there. My experience with my mentor was also great because she personally helped me a lot and she taught me a lot of valuable things. I think I made a personal connection with her, she's like a sister to me now. I also made a personal connection with my host. She was like a mom to me during the whole trip, and was always there for me whenever I needed her.
The weekend at Binghamton did change my aspect on college. I always felt inferior when it came to the college topic because I always thought that at the best colleges there were only whites and Asians. I was always around stereotypes of people that thought that Hispanics and Latinos weren't smart. But my mentor and host really helped me with that because they taught me that it doesn't matter what people think of you; it just matters what you think of yourself. So now I believe in myself more, and now I know that I can get into the best colleges if I just believe I can and I put all my strength in making it happen. I am very grateful that our school was picked to go to that college because I would've never thought that I would have gotten into a good college or into any college at all.
by Steven Bonilla
My experience in the JUMP trip was a lot of fun and I learned a lot. One of the main things I learned was to not give up. What my mentor taught me was to never give up, that you should keep on trying no matter what the situation. When I was with my mentor I had a lot of fun. I used to think that college was for nerds because nobody I know goes to college. But now I know a big group of people that are in college who are from my neighborhood and from my background, and they have all proven to me that college is for me.
by Oswaldo Falcon
My experience on with JUMP Nation during the trip to Binghamton was that in college you're the one that has to take care of yourself. Another thing I learned is that in college you can make friends really quickly. My experience with having a mentor was great. He gave me great advice: I will never forget that he said to never give up and always keep all your grades up.
The experience this weekend changed my perspective on college because I was thinking that I would never make it to college. Being there it showed me that if you work hard you could make it anywhere. I met people that have similar backgrounds to me and they are in college and they are making it.
My mentor told me the way to get to college is by being responsible, doing all your work, going to school every day, doing your homework and always trying my best.
by Sheliy Mena
My experience on the JUMP Nation to Binghamton trip was great. I think it was great because I got to experience the college life. I stayed with 2 more girls from other schools that got to experience this trip with me. I got to have a sleepover with my best friends Dismary and Joely.
My experience with having a mentor was good because if our host wasn’t there or needed to study, the mentor had their back and would stay with us. I felt like my mentor was like my mom but also my sister because she pushed me to do things I didn’t want to do, and to always try new things. My mentor and my host both pushed me to do the talent show and they also pushed me to be more outgoing.
The experience this weekend did changed my perspective on college because I thought that college was going to be boring, but now I know that there are also many fun things to do while in college.