Katrena Carr Perou and the Importance of After-School Programs

March 31, 2016 at 2:45 pm Leave a comment

Lady Lions fans may remember Katrena Carr Perou ’02 a guard on the women’s basketball team that made it to the Final Four in 2000. Carr Perou’s hoops career is over, but she has moved on to something far more important. She is the Chief Programs Officer for Urban Arts Partnership, a nonprofit that works to advance the “social and artistic development of underserved public school students through arts-integrated education programs to close the achievement gap.”

Carr Perou gave a TED Talk at Wake Forest University earlier this month in which she discussed her experience with students at Samuel Gompers High School in South Bronx, New York, a school with a graduation rate just below 30 percent. She learned that many students were not attending the free after-school programs that Urban Arts Partnership put on, and after hearing a song on an album where all of the tracks were written and performed by students, Carr Perou felt compelled to meet with 10 student leaders.

By listening to their experiences, Carr Perou gained the students’ collective trust, had a good discussion on a variety of subjects, and eventually presented UAP’s programs to them. She also talked about where students fell on Maslow’s hierarchy of needs before and after they started participating in after-school programs, and explained how her experience as a basketball player helps her with the work she does for Urban Arts Partnership.

Bill DiFilippo, online editor

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