BENEFITING: Harlem Educational Activities Fund, Inc.
EVENT DATE: Mar 21, 2017
I am thrilled to be working in Development for the Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF), an extraordinary college prep and leadership program founded in 1989. HEAF was established in response to a compelling need to close the opportunity gaps in public education confronting underserved minorities in Harlem and Washington Heights. Since that time, we have expanded our reach of the "forgotten middle" to include students from four of the five boroughs attending over 100 public schools across the city. HEAF creates pathways to college and the professional world for nearly 600 low-income New York City minority youth each year, by providing resources that help them achieve higher education, fulfilling careers, and greater lifetime earnings. Living and raising our children in NYC, we know first hand how challenging the schooling process can be, and how daunting it must be without the proper resources. I strive to level the playing field for all. Having twin middle schoolers, I am in awe of these amazing kids, and the amazing opportunities available to students in the city. HEAF makes an 11 year commitment to our students - beginning in 6th grade and supporting them throughout college graduation with an 11 year commitment including academic enrichment, tutoring, mentoring, college and career exposure, cultural literacy & arts programs, summer learning, and college/financial aid counseling. Our results are outstanding: 100% of our students graduate high school on time and are admitted to 4-year colleges. So..... the idea for our first online campaign grew out of this 11 year commitment, newly dubbed "11 x 11"...! Our goal is to raise $11,000 in 11 days, from March 21 - March 31. The 11 x 11 giving campaign is about the power of the masses. If we all do a little, we can dramatically make a difference. We graciously ask to give what you can, whether it's $11, or more. And with your help we can take this small, grassroots campaign and turn it into something really big! We are power in numbers and we are the power to help HEAF maintain its 11 year commitment to our students and families. Please feel free to donate $11, $22, $55, $111, or as much as you like! Thank you so much in advance! For more information on HEAF please visit www.heaf.org