NEWS & VIEWS

Media inquiries regarding the Harlem Educational Activities Fund can be directed to:

Jen Vargas, JVComms, at 914-979-1169 or [email protected]

Health, Science and Technology Career Panel

Celebrating Women History Makers #WomensHistoryMonth

HEAF’s Spring Health, Science and Technology Career Panel is critical to helping our students gain the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about their work in high school, college and into careers. The panel featured eight leaders from across practices and focus-areas and allowed our students to gain a deeper understanding of career opportunities in these fields.

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Sodexo Lessons for Success

Celebrating Women History Makers #WomensHistoryMonth

Furthering its commitment to bridge academic and opportunity gaps for our students, HEAF’s corporate partner Sodexo hosted two panels recently aimed at helping our students pursue their passions and hone the soft skills necessary to build networks and forge alliances to drive success.

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Women in STEM Panel

Celebrating Women History Makers #WomensHistoryMonth

HEAF’s Women in STEM panel provided our students with an unprecedented opportunity to hear from an exceptional group of women representing careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields.

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Inspiring Future Black History Makers

Angel Gomez, a HEAF student, being interviewed by Spectrum News New York One

Throughout February, in honor of Black History Month HEAF hosted multiple virtual events for our students and volunteers. Our goal was to recognize the contributions of Black trailblazers past and present, to honor those who are inspiring our students to reach for their dreams, and to embolden HEAF students with the confidence that they too can be history makers.

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HEAF Welcomes Home College Students For Winter Conference

Winter Conference 2022

HEAF Winter Conference is a four-day event that serves as an opportunity for current HEAF college students to come back “home to HEAF” during winter break, connect with one another and HEAF staff, and gain practical skills and access to resources that will help them continue to accomplish their educational and professional goals.

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HEAF 2021 Gala: Celebrating Innovators & Disruptors

HEAF Gala 2021 speakers (L-R) Verdun Perry, Neal deGrasse Tyson, and Robert F Smith line up for a photo

New York, NY — October 28, 2021 – HEAF’s 17th Annual Innovation & Disruption Gala was a night of celebration and insight – with key thought leaders in discussion about creating a future of opportunity for HEAF students and their contemporaries across the country and around the world!

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HEAF Students Visit Nasdaq

Four HEAF students visit Nasdaq

New York, NY – September 30, 2021 – HEAF high school students had the experience of a lifetime, visiting Nasdaq as guests of Nasdaq President & CEO Adena Friedman, a HEAF Gala 2021 Honoree. Friedman is being recognized by HEAF at its October 27 virtual gala for being an innovator and disruptor who is helping create the future of opportunity by calling for more accountability among public companies in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion.

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Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation Awards Two Women-Led Nonprofits With Its Inaugural Women Empowerment Grants

Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation logo

March 31, 2021 – The Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation, a nonprofit focused on reducing food insecurity among children in the U.S. and providing access to healthy food, announced HEAF as a recipient of its inaugural women empowerment grants today as HEAF has been making a difference and contributing to the health and wellbeing of women in their communities.

Full Press Release here: https://www.3blmedia.com/News/Sodexo-Stop-Hunger-Foundation-Awards-Two-Women-Led-Nonprofits-Its-Inaugural-Women-Empowerment

HEAF in the News: NY1 – With Return to In-Person Classes, Harlem Teen Sees Success

Angel Gomez, a HEAF student, being interviewed by Spectrum News New York One

March 23, 2021 – Spectrum News NY1 featured HEAF student Angel Gomez in a segment by journalist Lori Chung marking the opening of NYC Public Schools for hybrid in-person learning following four months of remote-only due to the pandemic.  Angel talks about his excitement to return to Humanities Prep Academy, one of the city’s public schools in Chelsea, NY. Angel shares the challenges of remote-only and underscores HEAF’s programs as keeping him on track during challenging times.

“There are a lot of programs at HEAF that can help prepare you for the future,” Angel said.

HEAF Chief Program Officer Sean Harrell is also featured in the segment discussing the challenges for students like HEAF serves in keeping on track and staying ahead. Sean points to HEAF’s activities like virtual mentoring through Industry Immersion as critical.

Watch the segment here: https://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/news/2021/03/23/with-return-to-in-person-classes–harlem-teen-sees-success#

NY1 is a Spectrum news station for subscribers to that cable network specifically, however they permit viewing of online content up to 5 times before requiring a subscriber log-on.

Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF) Announces Inaugural Recipients of Alexandra Korry Scholarship

2020 Alexandra Korry scholarship recipients, Elise Brockenberry and Jaida Fisher

New York, NY – January 12, 2021 – Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF) is proud to announce the recipients of the inaugural Alexandra Korry Scholarship: St. John’s University Senior Elise Brockenberry and Stony Brook University Junior Jaida Fisher.

The Alexandra Korry Scholarship was established in 2020 by HEAF to honor the extraordinary legacy of Alexandra Davern Korry, a trailblazing lawyer, educator, and civil rights champion, who chaired HEAF’s Board of Directors during some of the organization’s formative years.

Alexandra Korry Scholarship Press Release

Deep Discussions around Broadband as an Equity Issue, Driving for Equity in the Talent Pipeline and Bridging Gaps in Education and Opportunity at HEAF’s 2020 Gala

Robert F. Smith Speaking at the HEAF 2020 Gala

New York, NY – November 4, 2020: School has been interrupted, but learning and fundraising have not. The Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF) marched onward with its first virtual Gala to celebrate the contributions of education’s innovators and discuss disruptors that have the potential to roadblock vulnerable learners.

2020 Gala Honoree Eric Schmidt, former Chairman & CEO of Google and Co-Founder of Schmidt Futures, was introduced by 2019 Honoree Robert F. Smith, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners. Fareed Zakaria, Washington Post columnist and CNN commentator, interviewed Schmidt regarding his current and future projects.

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Harlem Educational Activities Fund Celebrates Innovators & Disruptors at Virtual Gala

October 28th, 2020, 6:30 PM; Keynote address by Honoree Eric Schmidt on innovation and education as catalysts for opportunity.

New York, NY – October 29, 2020: The Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF) celebrated its 16th Annual Gala last night, the first as a virtual event.  Focused on Innovation and Disruption, honorees Eric Schmidt, Former Executive Chairman & CEO of Google and Co-Founder of Schmidt Futures, and Alexandra Alger, Board Member of HEAF and Alger Funds were recognized for exceptional advocacy in education and making strides toward disrupting the status quo.

The event marked HEAF’s first-ever virtual gala. Online attendees had the opportunity to hear from the honorees and other thought leaders across business and the nonprofit world on critical social justice and education issues, including an honest and in-depth discussion about racial inequity and socio-economic disparities contributing to gaps in education from the earliest grades through to leadership opportunities in business featuring Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., President & CEO of TIAA, joined by Ursula Burns, former Chairman & CEO of Xerox and VEON, Senior Advisor at Teneo, and Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation.

Gala 2020 News Release

Harlem Educational Activities Fund to Celebrate Innovators & Disruptors at 2020 Virtual Gala

October 28th, 2020, 6:30 PM; Alexandra Alger will be honored for her distinguished decade of commitment to HEAF, which has driven our growth and innovative programming , and helped open doors for some of the city's most deserving students.

New York, NY – October 26, 2020: The Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF) is celebrating its 16th Annual Gala and is pleased to honor Eric Schmidt, Former Executive Chairman & CEO of Google and Co-Founder of Schmidt Futures, and Alexandra Alger, Board Member of HEAF and Alger Funds for their exceptional advocacy in education.

HEAF is a 31-year-old education non-profit focused on college access and success for underserved minority youth in New York City. The organization has an unparalleled impact: 100% of HEAF’s high school seniors graduate from high school on time and gain admission to college, more than 80% earn bachelor’s degrees in six years, and 35% continue to earn advanced degrees.

 

Prepping students for college and beyond

February 20, 2020 – Is HEAF one of the city’s best kept secrets? With a 100% college acceptance rate, we had to spill the beans about the programs and services we offer starting in middle school to help some of NYC’s most deserving kids. Our CEO Ruth Rathblott and young alum Lord Crawford, a current Columbia University student, discuss the continuum of educational, development and leadership opportunities HEAF provides in this article in the Manhattan Times.

 

Harlem Educational Activities Fund to Honor Brian Duperreault, President and Chief Executive Officer of AIG, and Jennifer J. Raab, President of Hunter College at 14th Annual Gala

New York, NY — October 16, 2018 — The Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF) is celebrating its 14th Annual Gala and is pleased to honor Brian Duperreault, President and Chief Executive Officer of AIG, and Jennifer J. Raab, President of Hunter College for their exceptional advocacy in education.

Read Full Press Release Here: HEAF 2018 Gala Media Advisory

HEAF to honor David Levin and Bruce L. Warwick of Related Companies at 12th Annual Gala

October 18th, 2016 – NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF) is hosting its 12th Annual Gala and is pleased to honor David Levin, President and CEO of McGraw-Hill Education, and Bruce L. Warwick, Vice Chairman of Related Companies, for their unwavering dedication to students and steadfast support of education.  HEAF is an eleven-year college access and success program for underserved minority youth in New York City with an unparalleled impact; 100% of HEAF’s high school seniors graduate from high school on time and gain admission to college, more than 80% earn bachelor’s degrees in six years, and 35% continue to earn advanced degrees.

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