NEWS & VIEWS
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.
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.
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.
For a decade, HEAF has convened a cross-organization program to celebrate the high school graduations and college decisions of students from across New York City and beyond who have been supported, encouraged and empowered by HEAF’s peer college access programs.
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.
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
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.
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.