2018 Bezos ScholarMayowa Jolayemi and educator Christina Moreau hosted av AP Expo for African American students in the 9th and 10th grades to socialize and network with current upperclassmen to encourage enrollment in AP classes at Richard Gahr High School in Cerritos, CA.
Scholar Mayowa Jolayemi and educator Christina Moreau focused on access and readiness in Advanced Placement (AP) high school curriculum by working to increase the number of African-American students in AP classes through their community change project The Track Program. Their student gatherings work to equip students in Cerritos, CA with the necessary skills to be successful in AP classes, inform students how AP classes can prepare them for post-secondary education and professional life.
During the event, 9th and 10th grade African-American students socializes and networked with current upperclassmen (11th and 12th grade students). Upperclassmen mentors set up balloons at the entrance to greet the incoming mentees. As the event started, mentors split into tables based on the types of AP classes they were taking or had taken (e.g. European and US History students together and Chemistry and Physics students together.) The underclassmen then rotated from table to table every 8 minutes to hear about these different classes and to find which appealed to them most.
"Every table I visited, students were rapt, listening to what the mentors said and asking a multitude of questions," noted Mayowa.
At the end of the event, students filled out a survey explaining what AP classes they were interested in, what they enjoyed about the event, and what they would want to change about it. The expo concluded with students enjoying tacos and pizza.