Alumni Stories


Jasmine Reed

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Jasmine “Jazz” Reed (class of 2010) aspired to go to New York University ever since she was a student at the Storefront. "My first introduction to NYU was through Storefront Academy when we visited the campus for career day,” Jazz said. “Ever since then, I've been in love."

Jazz came to Storefront Academy Harlem in the 6th grade. "I loved the atmosphere, the staff, and I always felt welcomed. The connection I had with my classmates will forever be special to me."

While a student here, teachers and staff recognized her potential. With the help of our high school placement team, Jazz was accepted into Lawrence Academy in Groton, MA. At Lawrence Academy, Jazz had success on several sports teams and in student government, all while maintaining a high GPA. She applied to NYU Stern School of Business with help from the Higher Education Opportunity Program. "I applied to 9 colleges, but NYU was the one I was waiting for," Jazz said. "Words cannot describe the feeling of getting that acceptance letter. I had to read it three times."

Jazz's academic excellence and dynamic leadership qualities earned her several scholarships and grants, paying for all but 3% of her college costs.


Imani McDonald

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Imani McDonald (class of 2013) joined the Storefront family in the fifth grade. When she first came to the school, she was skeptical about whether or not the school was right for her, but after the first week, she fit right in.

“Everyone was friendly to me the first week and I made friends right away.”

At the Storefront, Imani was a stellar student who thrived academically. She was always helping others, especially younger students. She shined as a member of the Storefront Choir, and loved being part of the Women’s Mentoring Program.

After graduating from the Storefront, Imani enrolled at the Emma Willard School, where she is in her first year. As a result of Imani’s academic excellence and strong character, she was awarded a full scholarship.

“After high school, I want to go to college because I want to be a doctor,” Imani said. “I think that the foundation that the Storefront gave me will help me achieve all my goals in the future.”


Victor Catano

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“Education is the most crucial component of one’s successes,” says Victor Catano (class of 1990).

Victor grew up with his family in Harlem, and was a member of our second graduating class.

“The Storefront provided me with an excellent private school education that I might not have been able to afford otherwise.” Victor also added, “It is still hard to believe that there is a private school that educates at no cost to the family.”

Victor went on to The Browning School, and received a BA in Economics from Haverford College and an MBA in Finance from Baruch College.  He returned to the Storefront to serve as Director of Operations and Facilities for four years, and is now the Business Manager at The Rudolf Steiner School.

“I have been blessed by the educational and professional opportunities that the school provided me with,” Victor stated. “The Storefront has always been about giving chances to people who might not get that chance somewhere else, and I certainly got that chance.”

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