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African Community Learning Program founder semifinalist in Wharton startup challenge

Sy, originally from Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, and later Senegal, runs the African Community Learning Program (ACLP) in the basement of her home. She welcomes and teaches first- through eighth-graders from African countries as diverse as Sudan, Nigeria and Burkina Faso  about their culture and background. About a dozen students arrive each day after school for instruction and guidance from Sy and her volunteers.

Temple Rhodes scholar Hazim Hardeman is one of seven volunteers with ACLP and also serves as the organization’s secretary. He’s known Sy since they met at the Community College of Philadelphia. He decided to volunteer at the program to give back and provide students experiences that they might not have otherwise.