On Monday May 18, Harlem Academy alumna Wassa Bagayoko graduated from a special internship program for high school students at the 9/11 Museum.
The 9/11 Museum’s Ambassador Program provides 10th through 12th graders with an in depth, semester-long look into the events of 9/11 and their commemoration.
Students participate in seminars on what led up to the terrorist attacks, the aftermath, as well as the museum’s collection of artifacts. Program participants also spend Saturdays working with young children at the museum.
The goal is to prepare students who have no personal recollection of the 9/11 attacks to engage others in conversation about this difficult topic and emotional site. At the end of the program students participate in a graduation ceremony, which involves leading family and mentors on a guided tour of the 9/11 Museum.
Harlem Academy History Teacher Sean Robertson connected Wassa to this program through his extensive collaboration with the 9/11 Museum. Using the 9/11 Museum artifacts as resources, Sean has developed and led teacher trainings on how to present an account of the terrorist attacks to students.
Mr. Robertson attended Wassa’s tour on Monday. “Wassa showed us a dozen objects and was able to describe a human experience related to them. She was able to take these cold inanimate objects and breathe a story of human resiliency into them. This was such a powerful springboard to talking about that difficult day.”