“Education means emancipation.” - Frederick Douglass
The path to true freedom begins with education and that is the path forward for KIPP Alegría under the leadership of Jazmine Allen. A Detroit native, Jazmine holds a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education and Psychology from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in Secondary Education Administration from the University of Detroit Mercy.
Jazmine had taught in the Dominican Republic, Prescott Valley, AZ, and in Detroit, MI before being inspired to create the liberatory experiences of which she dreamed for students who looked like her, came from similar backgrounds, or shared a similar plight. She had been a Dean of Students in Detroit, MI and an Assistant Principal with KIPP:MA before founding her own middle school in Washington D.C.
Jazmine returned to KIPP in 2021 to continue the path to liberation with Alegría, committing to leaving no stone unturned, no path unbeaten, until every KIPPster has access to a life of freedom.