Each year, your donations send a new cohort of girls through the Leadership Academy and into college. 100% of PowerPlay girls graduate high school on time and enroll in college. Here is one of their stories of success!
Lineyah Mitchell attended PowerPlay’s Leadership Academy in 2013. This year, she graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School and enrolled at Northeastern University in Boston. Thanks to your support, she’s had unique opportunities to network, build a portfolio of meaningful work and volunteer experience, and make her voice heard on the issues that matter to her.
Earlier this year, Lineyah testified at city council hearings and made a statement at the press conference about three new bills to provide free menstrual products in NYC public schools, prisons, and shelters.
Lineyah says, “It’s a series of important issues that we don’t ever really talk about. And if we don’t talk about it, what will ever change? I wanted to be a part of the group that was willing to talk about it.”
Lineyah’s testimony was so impressive that she was offered a summer internship in Council Member Helen Rosenthal’s offices. She says she was a bit intimidated at first, but “I learned that I don’t have to be an expert in economics or city politics – there are a lot of ways to contribute.”
Now, Lineyah is in the honors program at Northeastern Universty studying chemical engineering. “I made my first resume in PowerPlay’s resume workshop, and I’ve used and built on it ever since. Most of the internships and volunteer experience on my resume are opportunities I got through PowerPlay and the connections I made. And when I applied to college and they wanted a resume, I used the one I made in PowerPlay.”
We are so proud of Lineyah and all she has accomplished! She wants to thank
PowerPlay’s donors for making these experiences possible: “PowerPlay definitely helped me get here. It’s a lot of work, but also a lot of fun. For now I’m just trying to take it all in, and see if there’s any research I’m interested in.”