Adelyn CastroAdelyn Castro was born in The Bronx, New York in 1985 to Dominican parents. She attended Christ the King school on the Grand Concourse for both elementary and middle school. When her father died in 1997, her mother moved her to the Williamsbridge section of the Bronx. After she graduated from Christ the King school, she attended Humanities Preparatory Academy in the neighborhood of Chelsea in Manhattan. Humanities Prep is a small, alternative portfolio based public high school in NYC. It is here that Adelyn’s desire to be an archaeologist and a community activist were nurtured.

In the spring of 2001, Adelyn was selected along with ten other students to visit Cuba on a school field trip. It is on this trip that she realized the importance of community activism and began her interest in documenting the narratives of people. In the aftermath of 9/11, she began her work with A.N.S.W.E.R. (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism,) as a youth organizer Adelyn Castroagainst the War in Afghanistan and Iraq. In March of 2003, shortly after the declaration of war on Iraq, Adelyn organized busses to the National March in Washington. She graduated Humanities Prep during that summer and shortly thereafter, attended Bard College’s Archaeology Field School, where she worked alongside, Dr. Christopher Lindner. It was during this time that Adelyn was formally admitted into college for undergraduate work. In the spring of 2004, Adelyn decided to take a semester off which turned into 8 year span of time before she would return to school again. During the 8 years away from her formal education, Adelyn held and assortment of jobs, but found significance in her work as a tutor and most recently as an assistant teacher at the James Baldwin High School.

Adelyn began her career at Hostos Community College during the fall of 2011, as a Liberal Arts and Science student, after she watched many of the high school students that she Adelyn Castrohad worked with returning home  as college graduates. This became an incentive for Adelyn to return to school. In the spring of 2012, Adelyn joined the Hostos Student Leadership Academy first as an Emerging Leader and was quickly promoted after a semester to a position as a Hostos Student Ambassador. Adelyn has a tenacity and willingness to take risks. Her desires to make the world a better place have pushed her to participate at a sequence of conferences, where she was able to discuss topical issues facing the world today.

Adelyn CastroAdelyn was part of a group that attended the 2012 Millennium Campus Conference in Boston at Northeastern University, the 2013 Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Caucus Conference in Albany and the Somos El Futuro Conference in Albany, where she was one of the 60 students selected to participate in the 2013 New York State Model Senate Session Project. At that event she sat in the seat of the Independent Democratic Conference Whip, Senator David Carlucci, representing New York State Senate District 38 and debating the topic of Hydro-Fracking (Hydraulic fracturing) in New York State. Adelyn also served as the Chair of the 2013 Winter Workshop Series for the Hostos Student Leadership Academy, an event that allows students to familiarize themselves with the Academy and Leadership development through an innovative and intensives series of fifteen workshops over the course of one week in January. To her credit, Adelyn was able to help nearly 200 students to have a wonderful experience over the Winter Workshop Series week.

Adelyn CastroAdelyn has also committed herself to volunteer work and has participated at a series of events in the local community to help out at a Food Pantry on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, assist with registration on the campus and even volunteered some of her time to working with the organizers of the Annual Golf Outing to raise money for student scholarships. Adelyn received a scholarship for her services at this event. This year Adelyn has also been awarded Honors in English, and will be published in the Literary Journal, Escriba!

Adelyn is scheduled to graduate at the end of the fall semester of 2013. She intends to pursue a degree in History and Latin American Studies at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts.