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

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

2023 Gala: Our Future in Focus

Oct 26 2022, Cipriani 42nd St.

HEAF’s 2023 Annual Gala was held on October 25 at Cipriani 42nd St. This year’s theme “Our Future in Focus” had two distinct goals: first, bringing focus squarely on to HEAF students, who represent the future for all of us; and second, focusing on the evolution of HEAF’s model to continue to support students’ needs in a changing academic and professional landscape.

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Dr. Gladys Palma de Schrynemakers Elected to HEAF Board of Directors

Oct 26 2022, Cipriani 42nd St.

The Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF) is pleased to announce the election of Gladys Palma de Schrynemakers to its Board of Directors. Dr. Palma de Schrynemakers joined the board effective September 20th, and will work closely with equally dedicated board members on setting HEAF’s strategic priorities to ensure the college access program continues to open doors to college and careers for New York City students from underserved communities.

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LSGI Trip 2023: Making an Impact in Ecuador

Oct 26 2022, Cipriani 42nd St.

HEAF 11th and 12th grade students had an adventure of a lifetime when they embarked on a 12-day trip to Ecuador for this year’s Learning for Social and Global Impact (LSGI) trip. LSGI immerses HEAF students through research, networking, hands on activities, community service and travel to foster critical thinking, creative problem solving, social philanthropy and leadership through service learning.

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Opening Doors to College and Meaningful Careers: HEAF visits MIT

Oct 26 2022, Cipriani 42nd St.

HEAF students loaded up the bus bright and early and hit the road to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for an adventurous day during Spring Break. Michael Johnson, HEAF’s President and CEO, Stephane Essama, HEAF Leadership Council Deputy Chair, Petiri Reed, HEAF Associate Board Nominating Chair and HEAF program staff joined 28 of our students on this trip.

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HEAF Bolsters Leadership Team

Oct 26 2022, Cipriani 42nd St.

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.

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Celebrating Our Roots: HEAF 2022 Gala

Oct 26 2022, Cipriani 42nd St.

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.

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NYC DYCD Commissioner Howard Visits HEAF

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.

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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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Learning for Social Impact Trip 2022

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We were thrilled for the return of our Learning for Social Impact (LSI) trip, after a pandemic-pause. LSI immerses our students through research, networking, hands on activities, community service and travel to foster critical thinking, creative problem solving, social philanthropy and leadership through service learning.

Read more about HEAF’s 2022 LSI Trip

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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HEAF Students Explore Manga

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.

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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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