The PREP Academy is a non-profit community based organization that inspires and prepares African Nova Scotian high school students for college, university and beyond. Our programs and services help students, parents, guardians and proxies access resources and information while receiving support navigating college and university processes.
We want to influence social and economic impact within the historic African Nova Scotian communities by increasing the number of students who are prepared for, and complete college and university.
The PREP Academy is dedicated to serving Indigenous African Nova Scotian students who were born in Nova Scotia, or have parents or grandparents who were born in Nova Scotia. We serve a specific demographic of students who make up and represent the historical roots of African Nova Scotians in the province.
This map indicates many of the traditional and present-day African Nova Scotian communities. To participate in PREP programs students will be required to self-identify.
We are approaching education in a different way.
We cannot move alone, it takes a village.
We know who we are here to serve. It’s all about the stories and experiences of our students.
The PREP Academy was founded in 2021 by Ashley Hill, an African Nova Scotian and first generation university graduate who wanted to change the trajectory for future Black students.
As the first person on either side of her family to graduate from university – it was a big adjustment and cultural shock, classes were filled with students who didn’t look like her. After her first semester, Ashley received a letter from the University notifying her that she was on academic probation. She was later dismissed after her first year.
Looking back on her journey, she imagined what could have been if there was a support system in place. How different could the transition from high school to university have been? She needed someone to guide her through the transition from high school to university and to stick with her as she navigated campus life.
It didn’t exist, so she created PREP Academy!