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Buffalo Co-Lab advances an equitable economy and democratic community, collaboratively integrating scholarly and practical understanding to strengthen civic action.

Gabrielle Hickmon

Photo: Gabrielle Hickmon
Buffalo, NY
CWA & Health Sciences Charter School
  • Expanded the program development of internships and employment opportunities for HSCS students and graduates by creating marketing materials for employers. Honed presentation and marketing skills.
  • Met with potential internship placements in the healthcare field to successfully recruit them for the program.
  • Researched the impact of internship programs and academic success for urban youth.

"I chose the High Road because this program allows us to make a tangible change in the city of Buffalo. As an AfricanAmerican, my heritage is big part of my identity, and I am extremely passionate addressing inequality, especially as it relates to income and education. The High Road Method to me involves getting directly involved in these issues and working to solve them in a way that is fair, democratic, and participatory.

I'm putting theory into practice by working at Health Sciences Charter School. HSCS is an urban school that is dedicated to preparing its students for college and their eventually career. I am working on HSCS's internship program which directly helps students understand, explore, and prepare for their future career. This program and the work I am doing directly aligns with my philosophy about education and giving back which is why it is so important to me.

The High Road is taking me along a journey of deeper understanding about the inner-city and what happens there. I am enjoying observing the students and learning about their lives. The High Road is reinvigorating my passions and refueling my drive to solve what I believe is one of America's most pressing problems."