Sabrina M. Cabaccan Aponte is a FGLI Chicago-native passionate about improving the lives of underserved youth and their families by increasing equitable access to necessary resources and using research-based practices to inform policy and practice in the fields of violence prevention and education. Sabrina participated in the BA/MSSP Submatriculation program at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating with a Master of Science in Social Policy, a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies, and a minor in Urban Education Policy, Research, and Practice. She wrote a thesis focused on improving partnerships between human services organizations and high schools to increase employment outcomes for youth with intellectual and emotional-behavioral disabilities. She completed her MSSP fieldwork requirements with the Philadelphia City Council and is now a Legislative Aide at City Council. Outside of work, Sabrina is a Latin and Polynesian dancer, an alumni mentor for the University of Pennsylvania’s premier Latin dance troupe Onda Latina, and a mentor through the Ben Connect Mentorship Program.
“SP2’s BA/MSSP submatriculation program provided me with an opportunity to challenge my perspective and grow quickly intellectually in both my undergraduate and graduate courses. I was also able to develop and bring a policy analyst approach to my work. I learned transferable skills such as identifying and defining a problem, figuring out the best way to communicate and present a problem, coming up with solutions and alternative solutions, and implementing and evaluating these solutions, which are important abilities to have in any type of work.”