NEWS & VIEWS
HEAF announced two key appointments that bolster the organization’s leadership and help ensure HEAF can continue to close education and opportunity gaps for students from underserved communities. Megan Campbell joined HEAF as Chief Development & External Relations Officer in November 2022. Samantha Moreno joined HEAF as Chief Programs Officer in December 2022.
We were thrilled to host our 18th Annual Gala in-person on Wednesday, October 26. After having our gala completely virtual in 2020 and a hybrid model last year, it was great to have so many supporters of HEAF under one roof to celebrate HEAF’s roots and honor Daniel & Joanna Rose, Dennis M. Walcott and Maurice Sonnenberg.
NYC DYCD Commissioner Keith Howard Visits HEAF
HEAF welcomed Commissioner Keith Howard of the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) to our Harlem campus yesterday to share our program goals, outcomes and see our exceptional HEAF Scholars in action.
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
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.”
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.
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.
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.
HEAF is proud to announce the recipients of the 2021 Alexandra Korry Scholarship: Sydney Bush; Junior, Stony Brook University and Jay-Len McLean; Sophomore, Stony Brook University.
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.
At HEAF, we are always open to the input and interests of our students. We encourage our students to expand their horizons and learn about things that excite them, and we are here to help them along the way. Currently we have a group of students who are interested in the Japanese culture and Manga.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
New York, NY – August 20, 2021 – The Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of five new members: Allison Allen; Cecil Brooks, Jr.; Deirdre Guice Minor; Elan Keller; and Tom Veripapa. The new group of directors represent a breadth of industries and functions.
Full Press Release here: New HEAF Board Members Press Release
Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation Awards Two Women-Led Nonprofits With Its Inaugural Women Empowerment Grants
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.