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Michael G. Johnson to Lead HEAF

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Michael G. Johnson Appointed President & CEO of Harlem Educational Activities Fund

Passionate, Impactful, Results-Oriented Executive with Public, Corporate and Nonprofit Experience Whose Drive for Equitable Education Reflects HEAF’s Mission to Provide Academic Enrichment, Personal Growth and College Prep for Promising Youth in New York City

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College Decision Day 2022

Celebrating the Class of 2022

HEAF was founded more than 30 years ago with the explicit mission to get students from underserved communities across New York City to and through college, and into meaningful careers. For nearly a decade, HEAF has celebrated the college decisions of its seniors, and those of peer college access programs city-wide, at our annual “College Decision Day.”

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Summer Benefit 2022 Recap

HEAF celebrated the end of another successful academic year at our Summer Benefit, held this year at the International House. HEAF supporters gathered to celebrate the class of 2022 and the important impact made by our team, volunteers, and supporters to get HEAF students to and through college and into meaningful careers.

Read about the Summer Benefit 2022 Recap.

The Power of Personal Branding

Continuing its strong commitment to HEAF, our corporate partner Perella Weinberg Partners (PWP) developed a “Power of Personal Branding” Industry Immersion session to help our students think critically about defining and maintaining an authentic sense of self.

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Health, Science and Technology Career Panel

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.

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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:–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