Destiny Crockett ’17 and Nicolas Trad ’17 have been selected to receive the Princeton ReachOut 56-81-06 Fellowships for year-long public service projects.
Princeton ReachOut 56-81-06 is a public service endeavor spearheaded by the Classes of 1956, 1981, and 2006. The organization “provides fellowships for a year to outstanding graduating Princeton students who take the less traveled path out of the University,” said Jon Wonnell ’81 and Martin Johnson ’81, the co-chairs of the ReachOut.
Crockett, an English major, received the ReachOut domestic fellowship. After graduation, she will be working with Girls for Gender Equity NYC to “design and execute a two-tier black feminist reading series for black girls who are in middle and high school and who attend predominantly black, low-income schools with high rates of suspensions and school arrests.”
Crockett will work with the Urban Leaders Academy in Brooklyn to implement her reading series, and the main goal of the initiative is to “improve [the girls’] reading and critical thinking skills, and to improve their sense of belonging and self-confidence.”
Crockett will be using works by Gloria Ladson-Billings, Monique Morris, Ruth Nicole Brown, Aimee Meredith Cox, and Ming Te-Wang as part of the curriculum for the program. She added that she plans to use the writings of black women like Nicki Minaj and Janet Mock for the reading series as well.
Trad, a Wilson School major, received the ReachOut international fellowship, where he will be working at Zithulele Hospital in South Africa to “ensure continuous access to essential medications in the ten clinics” around the hospital.
Trad's goal is to develop and implement a mobile technology platform to address medication shortages in the area. He hopes that “his project will become a model for tackling medication distribution problems that are pervasive in the South African health care system.”
Each year, the ReachOut organization usually awards one domestic and one international fellowship worth $30,000 each, which provide for living expenses throughout the year. This year, the organization received 12 proposals.
“We were impressed in every case by the students’ strong records of public service both on campus and elsewhere, the passion the applicants brought to their projects, the careful research that has gone into the written proposals, and their excellent performance at our oral interviews,” Co-Chair of ReachOut's committee Jim Freund ’56 said.
Last year’s ReachOut fellows, Farah Amjad ’16 and Clarissa Kimmey ’16, are working in the New York City Mayor’s Office and the Civil Rights Corps, respectively.