Alumni Make a Difference This Summer

Alumni Make a Difference This Summer

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

While some students can’t wait to relax during summer break, Harlem Academy alumni look forward to internships and summer programs that allow them to pursue their interests, learn new skills, and give back to their community. We caught up with a few graduates to hear how they’re spending their summer.

A Doctor in the Making

Brandon Davis ‘15 is interning at Weill-Cornell's Department of Medicine ENT-Surgery, where he gets to observe patient care and surgeries while shadowing one of the residents. “It’s exciting to see tonsillectomies and other surgeries being performed,” he says. “I’m also doing research on sleep apnea to help the doctors make meaningful discoveries.” Brandon, a rising senior at Riverdale, is grateful for the chance to experience the inner workings of a surgical unit as he looks ahead to future goals.  “Thanks to this internship, I know for sure that I want to pursue a medical career,” he says. 


Brandon Davis '15


Helping the Homeless

Wassa Bagayoko ’13, a rising sophomore at Brown, is interning at Partnership for the Homeless. “Homelessness is such an important issue and I want to make a positive difference in people’s lives,” she says. As part of her work in the development office, Wassa helps run the nonprofit’s social media channels, updates the website, conducts grant research, interviews clients, and more. “I was born and raised in New York, so it feels good to know that I’m doing my part to help people in my community escape homelessness.”


Wassa Bagayoko '13


Portrait of an Artist

Malik Figaro ’16 is pursuing his creative ambitions by attending the Rhode Island School of Design Pre-College Art program. “I am very passionate about painting and drawing, and I’m learning so much in this intensive program,” says Malik, a rising junior at Friends Seminary. He plans to leverage the experience as leader of the art club when he returns to school. “I’m looking forward to using what I’m learning this summer to encourage artists and non-artists alike to find their own style.”


Malik Figaro '16

Figaro Art