Why Build an Alumni Network Now?
As KIPP's network grows, the number of alumni is growing rapidly. By 2025, KIPP will have approximately 80,000 alumni doing incredible things across the country. We've heard from alumni that they want access resources to elevate their careers, mentors in their respective fields, the ability to access other alumni, and much more! Over the next five months, the National KIPP Alumni Network will be designed by alumni to build a network that will support alumni needs.
Where Are We in the Design Process?
To date, the National Design Team has interviewed over 100 KIPP alumni and surveyed over 5,000 alumni to understand what alumni want from a network. We are particularly focused on making sure the network is inclusive for everyone and that you do not need a college degree in order to benefit.
In January, we rolled out an Alumni Community Poll to better understand what alumni want from the National KIPP Alumni Network.
What did we learn from the January Community Poll?
We asked alumni to rank 17 statements to understand what they might want and need from the Alumni Network based on the initial 100 alumni interviews. Based on responses, the Alumni Network Design Team selected five topics that holistically represent what we heard from alumni across the country. These selections include topics that appealed to everyone, as well as topics that appealed to sub-communities like entrepreneurs, creatives, alumni who do not finish college, and older alumni. Here are the questions we are now further exploring:
We also looked at breakdowns by age, education, gender, and racial/ethnic identity to make sure we were looking at data from multiple perspectives. You can view the detailed results here.
Based on the areas above, submit your idea and if we move forward with it, we will contact you to think about how we can partner to implement it.
Who is Designing the Network?
Our National Design Team includes 30 alumni and staff. This includes 17 KIPP alumni (6 who work full-time for KIPP, 11 who are paid Design Fellows) and 13 additional regional/national staff. To get a better insight into the Design Team, please click on the photos below to learn more about the 11 design fellows and their hopes for the network. They are entrepreneurs, photographers, anthropologists, coders, event planners, designers, and more.
Meet the Alumni Design Fellows
Sara ArandaLead Initiative, Pecan Grove Farms
I want to be a part of designing a network that will be inclusive, diverse, and will make alumni proud to be a part of KIPP. The mission that KIPP shares is too important to stop once a student graduates.
KIPP Texas Public Schools – Dallas Fort-Worth
Dina AsfahaDoctoral Candidate, University of Pennsylvania
To me, success in an alumni community can be defined as a culture of mentorship and information exchange, interdependence especially during challenging moments, and a forum to engage and collaborate with one another. I attribute my success to the aforementioned supports I have had in different areas and networks of my life, and I want to help create this kind of alumni network for KIPPsters.
KIPP Bay Area Public Schools
Brandon BrownPersonal Chef
My goal is to bring more & more of our KIPP family closer together, so that we’re all aiming towards the same end goal.
KIPP Memphis Collegiate Schools
Chardée BryantRecent Graduate School Graduate
KIPP alumni come from diverse walks of life, creating a rich diversity in our goals and professional paths. As a KIPP Alumni Network Design Fellow, I want to be a voice for the students who do not feel adequately supported on the collegiate level while also being an advocate for those who choose a nontraditional path. I want to honor the diversity that exists within our community, employ ways of including such diversity, and create opportunities for leadership and action.
KIPP Bay Area Public Schools
Dontorrie ChatmanStrategic Capacity Specialist, Echo Global Logistics
I understand how necessary it is for us as KIPP alumni from across the country to develop a network that will be able to support the current alumni, the ever growing alumni each year, for years to come. I want to collaborate with my KIPP cousins to create a network that will allow alumni to stay connected to each other as we strive towards our goals in life, and continue to empower ourselves and our communities.
Jacob Roman Figueroa
Jacob Roman FigueroaOwner of Jeyjey Roman Media, Videographer and Photographer,
What I hope to get out of this project is the network, the experience working with other KIPP Alumni, and being able to see the ups and downs throughout the whole process.
KIPP Massachusetts Public Charter Schools
Cameron FranklinStudent, Howard University
I am committed to being a voice for the alumni in the KIPP Metro Atlanta Region. I hope to amplify the voices of my fellow alumni by promoting the inclusion of all alumniand maximizing the accessibility of the resources offered.
KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools
Khalil IdrisFounder and Owner, Khalil Idris
I would like to assist in building a network of KIPP alum who are entrepreneurs or those that may want to explore different fields that aren't offered by KIPP...Most of all, I want to focus on bringing together those that weren't initially in KIPP's focus.
KIPP New Jersey
Patsy RamirezMedicare Patient Account Specialist, DaVita
I want to be a liaison for other alumni in my region in order to guarantee that the alumni network being created encompasses diverse experiences. Through this project, I hope to meet alumni with varying life experiences and I want to ensure the alumni network will be beneficial and will provide resources for everyone.
Giovanna SerranoAccount Receivables, Monsieur Touton Selection
I really enjoyed the KIPP Alumni summit in Texas, I was a bit hesitant at first of going. The reason for this was that I never graduated college, so I was a bit scared of how I would be judged. I thought people might not consider me the typical KIPPster, but I was wrong. I got lots of love from the KIPP staff who told me to come back to KIPP and start taking advantage of all the great opportunities the alumni network has.
Carl SilvaFull time graduate student at San Diego State University
After attending the first alumni summit, I returned home excited for the National KIPP Alumni Network to be launched because I wanted to network with more KIPP alumni. I feel like I am apart of the KIPP movement and I would be honored to be behind the making of the national network. I hope to access and utilize the network after it is finished. Being apart of this design team will also bring me self-satisfaction because I know this network will be beneficial for other "KIPPsters" like myself.
KIPP SoCal Public Schools – San Diego
National KIPP Alumni Summit 2019
KIPP hosted the first-ever National KIPP Alumni Summit at the KIPP School Summit 2019 celebrating KIPP’s 25th anniversary. Nearly 500 alumni attended the Summit in Houston, TX. The Alumni Summit included professional development sessions focused on building personal wealth, turning your side hustle into a full-time business, and becoming a leader in your work environment. Check out the recap below!