Please join us tomorrow for our annual Under a Tree Commencement Ceremony. Doors will open at 5:30, and the event will start promptly at 6 PM!
Meet Nadia Starks, UAT’18 Fellow from the House of Shahidi. She will be attending the University of Central Florida! ✨✨
“Before Under a Tree I was always the person who listened to others and never really had a voice, but since being in here I have learned to open up a little more and it has helped my relationship with my family become stronger. Being in the House of Shahidi has given me the opportunity to get to know people that I used to walk past everyday, and now, we have become family. Whenever something was going on with any of us, you knew that someone had your back or you had someone to talk to, and being in this type of world, it’s so important to know someone is there for you in hard times. I hope to join a group that shines light to societal issues, because I believe that so many of us have the ability to change the world, and I will not let my activism stop after my time with UAT ends.”
Meet Donna Patricia De Castro, UAT’17 Alumna and current Director of Special Events. She will be attending the University of Florida! ✨✨
“Being a part of Under A Tree for the past two years has had an infinite amount of impact on me as a student, activist, and human being. I cannot express the level of gratitude I have towards this fellowship, the people I have grown to know through it, and Danny. I can confidently say that the experience of being in UAT as a fellow and then as a member of the LeadTeam has really shaped who I am today and the plans I have for myself in the future, not just in my academics but in the impact I want to make on a daily basis. Through UAT, I was able to meet so many new people who have really changed my life and whose friendship I will carry with me for years after I leave Somerset and graduate college. I found a community of individuals who care so much about creating a sustainable world for everyone, and I was inspired after every session to do as much as I can to make our world a place of safety and acceptance. I've grown much more confident of my abilities through this fellowship and more hopeful about the power my generation has in fostering a better world for the future. Under A Tree has left an impact on me that I will never forget, and it was an experience that I feel so fortunate to have been a part of. My experience in UAT has felt like a two-year long group hug where I've gotten so much support and love from so many different people and that has really contributed to me having a much better sense of who I am and the kind of impact I want to have.”
INCOMING JUNIORS AND SENIORS !! The new application for the 2018-2019 UAT4 Fellowship is out, it’s in the link in our bio! In addition to a robust, dynamic civic leadership experience that spans 40 weeks and includes sessions and activities about identity, justice, culture, ethics, and leadership, each of our fellows also receive:
•A college scholarship of $1000.00 for the mentor of the winning House; $500.00 for each of the members of the winning house;
College scholarships ranging from $500.00 to $1000.00 for winning fellows, most improved fellows, and fellows who best embody the spirit and mission of UAT;
•Free and unlimited access to college counseling and career coaching services through Mr. Meyer (former college advisor and graduate of Harvard University);
Access to full subsidization of Prepory College and Career Coaching Services ($3000.00 value);
•250 hours of community service;
Access to special lectures and live sessions hosted by nationally and globally renowned professors, media figures, and industry leaders;
•Up to $500 in gift certificates, rewards, and vouchers to local stores and restaurants;
•Collaboration, leadership, and team-building skills and experience.
In order to apply, candidates must feet the following criteria:
•Attend Somerset Academy Charter High School or Somerset Arts Conservatory in Pembroke Pines, Florida;
•Be a junior or senior;
•Have a minimum 3.0 unweighted GPA;
•Commit an average of five (5) hours per week to attending extracurricular live sessions, fellowship activities, special events, and community organizing projects;
•Have a passion for becoming more politically aware and affecting positive social change in one's local community.
Meet Sarena Torres, UAT’18 Fellow from the House of Sagan. She will be attending New York University! ✨✨
“Getting into NYU makes me feel like I have a purpose and that I really can achieve the biggest of my dreams when I just believe in myself. UAT means so much to me & I have never been more grateful for an opportunity to grow. Thanks to Under a Tree, I am going to take my ability to discuss a wide range of important social issues with much depth and insight into NYU.”
More pictures from Rachel Rios and Andrea Martinez’s Capstone!
Fellows Rachel Rios and Andrea Martinez’s Capstones on the European Refugee Crisis and Immigration!
We are highlighting three capstones today! Sarena Torres and Sameer Sridhar both presented capstones on Gun Control and Angie Valdez did hers on the Black Lives Matter Movement! #uatcapstone
Here are some pictures from fellows Luz Hielscher and Katy Cook’s capstone projects on awareness regarding DACA/TPS and to disprove stereotypes or misconceptions about immigrants and immigration in the USA! #uatcapstone
Meet Tabitha Cherubin, UAT’17 Alumna and current Mentor for the House of Stenberg. She will be attending the University of Florida! ✨✨
“Getting into UF was a testament to all of the hard work that I put in during my high school years, and it was definitely the pinnacle of my high school experience. I honestly couldn't imagine my last two years of high school without UAT. Being in UAT has allowed me to learn more about the things that I think are important and it has also given me a platform to express my views. That fear that I once had to voice my opinion has become less daunting and I feel more comfortable sharing my opinions. What has been most important to me about being in UAT has been standing next to the brilliant Daniel Meyer. He has become one of the few adults in my life that I look up to. I've seen his struggle with being a man torn between his privilege and his desire to make a change. Seeing how he's navigated that has inspired me so much. I look up to Danny more than anyone that I know.”