July 23, 2020

While ACLP Operations Manager Naphekie Taloute currently lives on Long Island, New York with her mother and two sisters, she called Haiti home until 2011, when she was 13 years old. 

“Spending half of my life in Haiti and half of my life here in the US, I’ve been able t...

July 23, 2020

To say that Simi Ayinde has a global perspective on life would be an understatement. The ACLP Chief of Staff was born in Rhode Island, grew up in Nigeria, attended boarding school in the UK, and ultimately came to the US for college. 

Simi looks back fondly at her child...

July 8, 2020

If it wasn’t for PEEP (Penn Early Exploration Program), ACLP Editor Lauren Davidson probably wouldn’t be at Penn today. 

While still attending high school in her hometown of Atlanta, Georgia, Lauren discovered Penn through a YouTube video about the campus, but was init...

July 8, 2020

Ever since she was young, ACLP Website Manager Bing Liang has been a fan of watching Korean dramas. This summer, while in quarantine, Bing’s “K-drama fever” has flared back up, as she enjoys watching shows for the plot and romance. 

She is also a self-described “foodie,...

July 8, 2020

Moving from the quiet suburbs of Bradenton, Florida to the vibrant metropolis of Philadelphia for college was just the change that ACLP Curriculum Developer Obed Antoine needed. 

During a visit to Penn in his junior year of high school, Obed fell in love with the city’s...

July 8, 2020

Most of us can agree that summer 2020 hasn’t exactly turned out how we expected. For ACLP Social Media Manager Christine Oliva, quarantine has meant lots of Netflix, Animal Crossing, and Chloe Ting workout challenges. 

Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Christine no...

July 8, 2020

ACLP External Communications Liaison Steele Parkerson lives in Greenville, Mississippi (only five minutes from the Mississippi River!) with her parents, four siblings, and an impressive number of pets: two Yorkies, one bunny, one turtle, and a brand new puppy, just to...

December 29, 2019

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I was born in Rhode Island but spent my early childhood in Lagos, Nigeria. Nigeria really shaped me to be who I am today, it was there that I learned my values and developed my traits such as determinat...

December 24, 2019

African Community Learning Program’s (ACLP) students, volunteers, friends, and family gathered at the Lucien E. Blackwell Library to attend the organization’s 3rd Annual Africa Celebration on Sunday, December 8, 2019. The day commemorated students’ growth, heritage, an...

November 12, 2019

After returning to school later in life, Aminata Sy, went all in. She began by pursuing a career in journalism. That led to her writing for publications such as The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Philadelphia Tribune and The Daily Pennsylvanian. Her stories focused on the...

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