NEWS & VIEWS
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – October 13th, 2015 — The Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF) was awarded a $5,000 grant in 2014 through Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds initiative. HEAF used awarded funds to enhance and continue its Science of Smart Cities program, which ran from October 2014 through May 2015 and served a total of twenty 7th and 8th grade students.