Coming into CAAP as a junior in high school, I didn’t know quite what to except. However, I can say now as an alumni that I’ve left the program with a new found sense of confidence, determination, and gratitude for the support I’ve received through the CAAP community. My transition to college was far from easy, and I’d often find myself questioning my abilities to succeed on my own. In those moments, I’d recall the preparation, training, and mentorship I’ve received through CAAP, and be immediately reminded to never minimize my greatness and impact as a black scholar of a rich African diaspora.
CAAP has helped me cultivate a priceless mentality of focus, tenacity, and determination. It was never a matter of finding my own potential, rather CAAP places you in situations to be pushed and challenged in order to grow in ways that will allow you to pursue any future endeavors of your liking. The greatest lesson I’ve cherished from CAAP is knowing that you never have to do it alone. CAAP is a lifelong community and teaches every single scholar to value their education, as well as the importance of giving back. There is no community quite like CAAP, because CAAP is more than a community – it’s a family.