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Antoinette Charles is a proud first-generation Haitian American.  She and her family overcame immense challenges from living paycheck-to-paycheck to homelessness.  Never allowing circumstances to deter her, Antoinette graduated second in her class from DeKalb Early College Academy, at the age of 16 ,with the Gates Millennium Scholarship. As a Georgia State University undergrad she served underprivileged communities by leading medical mission trips to Honduras and Nicaragua raising over $100,000 and satisfied her intellectual curiosity as a published research co-author. After graduating Summa Cum Laude with a BS in Neuroscience she joined the National Institute of Mental Health as a Post Baccalaureate Intramural Research Trainee. Antoinette currently attends Duke School of Medicine and is pursuing her dream of becoming a physician while sharing her multiple talents with Step Ahead Scholars.



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Brandon Hardy is an alumnus of University of Notre Dame, with degrees Marketing and Political Science. As a collegiate leader he served with the Student Government, Black Student Association, National Association for Black Accountants, Study Abroad Ambassador and was appointed to University Committee on Internationalization.  As a first-generation college student and a Step Ahead Scholars alumnus, from Columbia High School, he helped countless classmates apply to college. Brandon applied to 23 colleges and was accepted into 20, received numerous prestigious scholarships and attended Notre Dame on a full ride. For three summers, he worked at KPMG and became one of the first Under Armour Ambassadors. Brandon is currently pursuing a sales career as part of LinkedIn’s Business Leaders Program. 



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Lindsey Kapel is an alumna of Emory University, where she incubated and led a three year initiative, on the campus of Emory University, which inspired a group of undergraduate students to volunteer weekly with Step Ahead Scholars, as mentors. Lindsey's commitment laid the groundwork and created a life-changing college access partnership and legacy, which continues to support and differentiate the

Step Ahead Scholars model, through one-on-one mentorship. During the summer months while in undergrad Lindsey coordinated several SAS College Access Boot Camps. Before graduating Lindsey ensured the continued our partnership with Emory by establishing a team to follow in her footsteps. Lindsey, currently works as a Business Development Manager at BlackMarket in New York, while continuing to share her talents with Step Ahead Scholars as a mentor and thought leader.