As a Program Coordinator for the BronxWorks School’s Out New York City (SONYC) program at the South Bronx Preparatory Middle School, Dina Brown is nothing short of a champion for her students. Serving in an under resourced section of the Bronx, where 96 percent of students are considered economically disadvantaged, Dina works to provide endless support for the 90 to 100 middle school students that are a part of her program. Dina’s own experiences growing up in the Bronx and participating in afterschool programs enable her to creatively and effectively connect with her students, their families, and the communities at large. She not only understands the community and their unique needs, but she is also deeply committed to their growth.
Dina’s career in the afterschool field began as a tutor in college. Committing herself full-time to the organization, Dina became the Educational Advisor at the BronxWorks Center for Achieving Future Education (CAFÉ). There she helped and supported a student receive the Gates Millennium Scholarship and launched a dance team that performed at the Apollo Theatre. In her current role, Dina does everything in her power to enrich the lives of her students, expanding their academic and creative experiences. Dina has arranged field trips to Washington DC, the caves at Howe Cavern, the Museum of Modern Art, and camping trips in Van Cortlandt Park. In or out of state, Dina cherishes the first-time moments that she is able to create for her students, hoping to inspire them to explore a diverse range of interests and career opportunities.
Dina has experience working in the fashion industry and shares her interest and passions with her students. She has taken her students to New York Fashion Week as well as the Black Girls Rock event hosted by the Black Entertainment Television (BET). Outside of BronxWorks, Dina formed the Love, Live, Style Youth Mentoring Program – combining her interests in fashion and youth work – to connect young professionals to young female students through mentorship. Dina herself has witnessed the transformative power of afterschool, and credits her success to her hardworking mother, her inspiring Black Panther grandmother, and her participation in dance and afterschool programs. Dina received her bachelor’s degree from Fordham University.