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At PENCIL, we believe in empowering each of our students with the skills and confidence they need and deserve as they begin new journeys through our PENCIL Internship Programs. This year we placed over 400 students in summer internships at businesses throughout the city. With so many students, it can sometimes be easy for meaningful moments to get tucked away beneath the many layers of work carried out tirelessly by our partners, students, and staff. However, every now and then we receive a welcoming reminder of why we do the work that we do.
On July 7th, hundreds of our students got to experience what it’s like to “be the boss” in PENCIL’s second annual BOSS FOR A DAY event. The students visited companies from a variety of industries across New York City, including Ogilvy & Mather, Salesforce, A+E Networks, The New York Daily News and several others. BOSS FOR A DAY gives students the unique opportunity to speak with and hear from business leaders about their first workplace experiences as they prepare to join the workforce themselves, many doing so for the very first time.
One of these leaders is Larry Schreiber (President, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, Commercial Markets New York), who kicked off the day by giving students advice about volunteering, trust, teamwork and the importance of avoiding procrastination.
But students weren’t just listening to experts. They got the chance to see their work in action. PENCIL Fellow Sekou Neiaye talking to NY1, said, “I always watched NY1…[but] to actually be in a studio now [and], to see the people who make the magic behind the scenes, it’s amazing.” (NY1).
Some PENCIL Fellows even made their debut on the silver screen during their visits to PIX11 News and Fox5/MY9’s Chasing News Team. Read more about our upcoming events on the Future Events page.
Twitter Friday for Good
On Friday, May 6th PENCIL participated in Twitter’s #Friday for Good, a company-wide initiative that gets their staff out of the office for different volunteer opportunities.
19 Twitter staff volunteered at the Hudson HS for Learning Technologies, providing interview and networking practice with a group of over 30 students, from ninth through twelfth grades.
PENCIL Names Gregg Betheil as New President
PENCIL, one of New York’s premier education nonprofits, today announced the appointment of Gregg Betheil, formerly PENCIL’s Chief Program Officer, as its new president. Mr. Betheil will be responsible for expanding PENCIL’s signature programs and bringing more business leaders and educators together to confront challenges facing New York City’s public school students. Click here to watch a video of Gregg talking about his background in New York City public education and his plans for PENCIL. Click here to read the entire press release.
A team of runners from PENCIL Partner PwC put the “fun” in fundraising as they raced to collect donations and medals from the United Airlines NYC Half Marathon, hosted by The New York Road Runners. Championed by PENCIL Board of Directors member Mitchell M. Roschelle, the PwC team raised over $26,000. The team ran 13.1 miles and raised over double the rate of $1,000 per mile.
Together for more than a decade, Deloitte and PENCIL collaborated through partnership to impact more than 15 schools, serving thousands of students and leveraging the power of hundreds of employee volunteers.
Through one of PENCIL’s Power Breakfasts, “Coffee & Conversation,” guests learned how Deloitte partners with PENCIL across all aspects of PENCIL programming: PENCIL School Partnerships, PENCIL Fellows, PENCIL Points of Engagement and leadership on PENCIL’s Board of Directors.
And within the same week, using the expertise of Deloitte’s Business Chemistry personality assessment, PENCIL invited school leaders to a professional development workshop where they learned how best to champion their teachers and employees. (Read more).
Each school year, fifth- and sixth-grade students at PS 123 are invited to apply to be the Future Marketers of America program in the PENCIL School Partnership with PENCIL Partner Ogilvy & Mather, a premier international advertising agency.
And because the creative process and business cycle don’t take summer breaks, Ogilvy comes into the school year ready for its Future Marketers to take on a big client project.
This year, the PENCIL School Partnership features a campaign for IKEA furniture. (Read more).
Through the PENCIL Fellows Program, 200 more students are connecting, “endorsing” skills, researching colleges and universities and more through the professional social media platform, LinkedIn.
With our PENCIL Partner LinkedIn, volunteers from their New York headquarters spent an afternoon retooling PENCIL Fellows’ resumes after critiquing and supporting changes to them. (Read more)
PENCIL Partner Snohetta hosted our second Power Breakfast, sponsored by Trinity Wall Street, to discuss how the Downtown Initiative is bringing together businesses and schools to create meaningful business-public school student partnership opportunities that demonstrate the strength and impact of the downtown community.
Through the Downtown Initiative, PENCIL connects over 65 companies with more than 20 schools in lower Manhattan. Stories about the power of those partnerships—across years of development and in some cases, reengagements—helped the audience understand why PENCIL’s work is a necessary part in building a community of change in lower Manhattan. (Read more)
It is hard to imagine summertime plans when there are sub-zero temperatures outside. But that’s exactly what nearly 60 New York City public high school seniors were thinking about when they showed up to the first training seminar for the 2016 PENCIL Fellows Program.
These weren’t any ordinary high school seniors looking to enhance college applications and résumés: These are second-year PENCIL Fellows. (Read more)
Businesses and organizations around the world sent out an “S.O.S.” to schools and students: They need bright, young minds to lead the way for advances in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). And through PENCIL, schools like IS 141Q The Steinway School, a middle school in Astoria, Queens, partner with companies like American Airlines to enhance classroom learning by applying those lessons and skills to the career world.
That’s a big 10-4 on school-business collaboration. (Read more)
As part of Twitter’s global day of service, #FridayForGood, volunteers from Twitter’s New York headquarters helped students at Manhattan Business Academy and The Brooklyn Latin School practice interviewing skills. Opportunities like these fall under PENCIL’s Points of Engagement, tailored employee engagement opportunities offered by PENCIL to provide our corporate partners with single-day, student-centered volunteer events that directly impact New York City public schools.
PENCIL Partner The New York Times hosts career panel for Hispanic Heritage Month
PENCIL Partner The New York Times hosted a career panel for three different high schools in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. This event highlights a new facet of PENCIL programming, PENCIL Points of Engagement, tailored employee engagement opportunities offered by PENCIL to provide our corporate partners with single-day, student-centered volunteer events that directly impact New York City public schools.
Students learned all about different roles that make The New York Times function on both a local, national and global scale for the heralded daily. See more photos on our Facebook.
On September 30, PENCIL convened an opportunity for newer members of our network to learn more about how they can get involved. About 50 new and old PENCIL Partners gathered at PENCIL Partner Hyatt Times Square to share best practices and learn about new opportunities for corporate engagement through PENCIL’s programming. A panel discussion, led by PENCIL Executive Leadership Council member Tanya Amaya of PENCIL Partner BNY Mellon and PENCIL Partners Shadoe Tarver of Bloomberg LP and Chris Douglass of LinkedIn, ignited passionate and thoughtful discussions about business and civic involvement in New York City public schools.
2015 PENCIL Fellows Culminating Event
On August 13, we ended the summer with our 2015 PENCIL Fellows and their Business Mentor host companies at a wonderful evening at NYU. Steve Meringoff sponsored a Scholarship Competition for the Fellows and awarded six prizes to deserving students. Michael Haberman addressed the assembled group, highlighting the 40 Fellows placements subsidized by a grant from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation.
2015 PENCIL Fellows Working Breakfast with LinkedIn
Later in the summer, LinkedIn volunteers led a session on networking and developing your personal brand, which included helping the Fellows refine their LinkedIn profiles!
2015 PENCIL Fellows Working Breakfasts with JPMorgan Chase
PENCIL Fellows participated in two working breakfasts over the course of the summer. The first, held at Proskauer Rose LLP, focused on financial literacy. It was led by business volunteers from JPMorgan Chase and timed to coincide with the arrival of Fellows first paychecks!
2015 Celebration Party
This past July over 100 business and school partners enjoyed food and drink at game. as we celebrated a productive school year and kicked off the PENCIL Fellows internship season. We announced the winners of our 2015 Partnership Awards and launched our 20th Anniversary Community Crowdfunding Challenge.