Lucas J. De La Torre, principal, Cutler Bay Senior High School, has announced that Ammi Hernandez, a junior in the school’s COAST Academy, has been selected into the Bezos Scholars Program funded and run by the Bezos Family Foundation.
The Bezos Family Foundation awards 12 exceptional United States high school juniors and a supportive educator from their school with the opportunity to participate in the Bezos Scholars Program, joining five students and one educator from the African Leadership Academy. Joining Ammi will be Dr. Carla Felix, Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) Psychology Teacher.
Since 2005, Bezos Scholars have raised awareness and mobilized action in their communities and beyond. As Bezos Scholars, students and educators have inspired change on issues such as mental health awareness and advocacy, civic engagement, STEM education, environmental justice, refugee and immigrant rights, and much more.
The Bezos Scholar Program originated from a commitment to support and amplify youth voice and youth-led actions—particularly for students who have the ambition to create good in their communities. The program generally begins with an all-expenses-paid experience for the student and educator at the Aspen Ideas Festival, June 25-July 1, in Aspen, CO, where Scholars learn from inspiring global leaders and build connections with peers from around the world.
Due to the ongoing pandemic safety concerns, the Scholar trip to Aspen slated for late June 2021 had to be cancelled. The Scholars Program is will still host a cohort and present daily engaging virtual programming for Scholars, June 24-July 2. During that time, they will also participate in the virtual Aspen Ideas Festival, June 27-30.