Nadia Lopez: Why open a school? To close a prison
Nadia Lopez - Educator
Nadia Lopez is the founding principal of Mott Hall Bridges Academy, where she is showing the world how underprivileged communities can beat the odds and create positive institutions that have a global impact. Full bio
Bridges Academy in 2010,
in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn --
and violent neighborhoods
with high poverty rates,
of a disadvantaged community,
children as early as fourth grade.
that was a district public school,
were below grade level
below the poverty level.
ask my 13-year-old,
live that long."
of working in a fast-food restaurant.
because they're lifelong learners.
and career readiness.
of purple and black,
that they are descendants of greatness,
take over this world.
competitive high schools
met Brandon Stanton,
"Humans of New York."
of a young man from Brownsville
being thrown off of a roof.
be influenced by a principal
that believes in all children.
of our underprivileged children
make education a priority.
dollars being raised
to colleges and universities,
from Brownsville visited Harvard,
was a real possibility.
that had been imposed upon them
is happening in our schools,
that inspire children.
that is not perfect.
what is the best curriculum.
to often provide resources
to give feedback,
to be just as successful
every single day,
my personal cell number,
and those who graduated --
phone calls and text messages
in our classrooms.
About the speaker:Nadia Lopez - Educator
Nadia Lopez is the founding principal of Mott Hall Bridges Academy, where she is showing the world how underprivileged communities can beat the odds and create positive institutions that have a global impact.
Why you should listen
Dr. Nadia Lopez is pioneering a path of inspired leadership. The founding principal of Mott Hall Bridges Academy, a New York City Public School, Lopez became a viral sensation after one of her students was featured on the popular blog, Humans of New York. Millions of people around the world discovered the positive learning environment, high expectations and growing success rate at her school, which is located right in the middle of one of the most under-served communities in America. In 2015 a Humans of New York fundraiser raised $1.4 million to take Lopez's students on college trips that include Harvard University, Summer STEAM programs and college scholarships.
Lopez's story was shared across numerous media outlets and resulted in her guest appearing on the Ellen Show, visiting President Barack Obama at the White House and receiving the Medal of Distinction from Barnard College. In addition, Lopez was honored alongside First Lady Michelle Obama with the Change Agent Award at the Black Girls Rock show hosted on BET Networks.
Lopez's passion, belief in children and strong conviction has been unwavering in her belief that her community needs strong leadership. Despite the adversities she faced in opening Mott Hall Bridges Academy in 2010, Lopez is encouraged and inspired to see children overcome the "beautiful challenges" of Brownsville and ensuring that they are admitted into some of the most competitive high schools in New York City. Understanding the power of programming, Lopez continues to impact the lives of children through her "She Is Me" and "I Matter" initiatives, which have served thousands of youth throughout Central Brooklyn by providing workshops, forums and mentoring. Lopez continues to influence and inspire the world through her company The Lopez Effect, which offers a blueprint for personal and organizational success.
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