As many of you may know, I live by the life ethos that success as minority in this country is a combination of hard work and a LOT of lucky breaks. I have been blessed to have many of those over the course of my lifetime - and one of them is my experience as a student in the Harlem Educational Activities Fund, or HEAF.
HEAF is a 25 year-old nonprofit supplement education organization that supports NYC public school students through a youth development approach that includes rigorous year-round academic enrichment, social and cultural exposure and constant individual attention. Established in response to a compelling need to close the opportunity gaps in public education confronting underserved minorities in Harlem, Washington Heights, and the Bronx, they have since expanded the reach of the "forgotten middle" to include students from four of the five boroughs attending over 100 public schools across the city. With a Harlem site in the famed former Hotel Theresa, were I spent endless summers and afterschool days, and a new Brooklyn site at Medgar Evers College in Crown Heights, 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.
Through HEAF I attended debate camps, learned Mandarin, negotiated a financial aid package for college as an undocumented student, and got access to free test prep courses that I would have never been able to afford on my own. The mentors I had at HEAF have become lifelong resources and people I seek counsel from to this day. And in my small effort to give back as an Alumni of the program, I speak to new students and parents whenever my schedule allows, make myself available as a resource for high school and college students seeking guidance in their next steps, and participate in key fundraising events such as this one to ensure that a program that changed my life has the potential to change so many others.
Last year, in our first online giving campaign, we gave $11 and asked 11 of our friends to give a mere $11 with a personal goal of raising at least $121 and a team goal of $11,000. Through everyone’s hard work and dedication we nearly quadrupled this and raised over $42,000!
We realized the power of the multiplier. We saw the power of how this multiplied and for our 2nd year we have set our goal to surpass last year, which we believe we can do with your help.
Because I am an overachiever, I've set an ambitious personal goal of $1100. Its starts with a commitment of only $11. It's give $11 and ask 11. It's that simple. And with your help we can take this small, grassroots campaign and grow it into something even bigger! I would LOVE your support over the next 11 days in donating to my fundraising campaign to support a program that has given me so much.
I just need 100 of you guys to give $11. OR 55 people to give $20, or 44 to give $25, or 22 to give $50. With the support of my network, I'm sure that we can get there!
I hope I can count on you!
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