Kimberly Cajuste (SLP '14) is a senior at Urban Science Academy from Hyde Park. She joined our Summer Leadership Program in 2014 through our partnership with Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion (IBA). In SLP '15, she was an Emerging Leader and co-led a Community Action Project on sexism and positive body image. This school-year, she will be one of two youth staff co-leading our Pathways to Change Program.
What is your favorite memory of The City School?
I love and appreciate every moment I get to spend at The City School but one of my favorite moments was my second year in the program, meeting the other Emerging Leaders and immediately I knew it was going to be a great summer. I was excited and nervous at the same time but being with the Emerging Leaders made me feel better. I also loved my CAP group. Our CAP was about body image in the media and at the end we created mini magazines about how people should be seen and that there should not be an ideal beauty guideline.
How have you changed because of your first summer of SLP?
I understand social justice issues in a deeper way, I am more open and I have become more open-minded. I love writing poetry so now I write more about social justice issues and each time I have the opportunity to educate people on social justice, I do it. I am now working at The City School as a staff, for me it's a chance to learn more and also be more involve in social justice action.
How do you define your community? What are your dreams and visions for your community?
My community is where I feel like I can identify with the people. My dreams for my community is to give back, to make it into a place I would want to live for the rest of my life
What are your plans for the future?
I want to go to college and graduate school. I want to study different thing like medicine, sociology, different types of art etc. I have a lot of interests and one thing that almost all my study fields have in common is helping others. Once I am established in my career I want to spend my life helping others.
If you could have coffee with one social justice activist, who would it be and why?
I would love to have coffee with Angela Davis, she is not only a great activist but her character is really beautiful.