In 2012, the South Bronx was ranked the poorest congressional district in the country, and East New York had one of the highest homicide rates of its borough, with only 8% of residents over 25 having a college degree. PMP believes that extra resources for and thoughtfulness applied to these communities will positively affect the status quo of the neighborhoods and change things for the better. Educating our students and empowering the community will increase the percentage of residents with a college degree, which will decrease the poverty level and homicide rate.
PMP's commitment to high-need communities has been clear from day one. Karim Abouelnaga, Founder and CEO, was raised by a single mother on government aid and recognizes that not every Thanksgiving was one to look forward to because there wasn't a huge feast. "As we continue to grow and be blessed with success, we want to do our part in building up some of NYC's highest-need communities with us." Abouelnaga explains, "Business sometimes gets a bad reputation, but we believe that it can and should be used as a force for social good. We also want to demonstrate that a small gesture like this is possible for any small business to take on. We hope that this will inspire other companies in the future to go the extra mile."
In the past year, PMP has seen remarkable growth. With a nearly 400% increase in the number of students served, summer jobs created, and partnerships with schools, it is safe to say that Summer 2016 was, by far, the best summer yet. This success cannot be attributed to one thing definitively; however, it is certain that this could not have been accomplished alone. While nothing can fully articulate the gratefulness PMP exhibits for this tremendous success, PMP will be contributing 400 meals to partner schools and their communities, Concourse Village Elementary School in the South Bronx and P.S 284 in Brooklyn, to begin to express the gratitude felt. "We are incredibly grateful for our partnerships and are excited to be able to play a small role in making Thanksgiving this year a little more memorable for the 400 people we reach," Mr. Abouelnaga adds.
About Practice Makes Perfect:
Practice Makes Perfect (PMP) is a full-service summer school operator that partners with schools to provide high-quality academic summer programming. The organization was founded in 2010 on the strong belief that all children - regardless of race or socioeconomic status - have an equal potential to compete intellectually in our society. PMP utilizes an evidence-based, near-peer mentorship model that matches elementary and middle school scholars with older, high achieving mentors from their same community. The classes are led by Teaching Fellows who are placed under the guidance of an experienced teacher, resulting in a full-day of academic experience that is both focused and fun. We believe that everyone in the community has an important role to play in ensuring that the next generation can thrive academically, and we leverage all of our stakeholders to drive academic outcomes and increase student engagement. To date, PMP has served over 2,000 students academically and created more than 400 seasonal jobs.
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