“During the summer of 2009, as a part of the Internship Program, PENCIL put me — a young Black boy from Brownsville, Brooklyn — on the 48th floor of a Manhattan skyscraper to visit JPMorgan. It just completely changed something in me. Before that I had never even seen Grand Central train station that now I see daily. PENCIL did that for me.”Asher Kennedy, Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley
“I come from a working-class immigrant family and was naive about what I was supposed to do to further my professional career. My parents, being immigrants themselves, didn’t know either, and I was left on my own to find my way to the professional field. PENCIL helped me polish my resume, better my interviewing skills, and develop public speaking skills.”Karen Wu, High School for Math, Science and Engineering
“For me to even receive a PENCIL internship that I thought I was not going to get this year, it was a godsend. It feels great to be employed, have some sort of income, and gain more professional experience.”Paola Hernandez, Iona College
Of the more than 4,100 students PENCIL worked with this year,
94% shared that PENCIL connected them with professionals they would not otherwise meet and
96% shared that PENCIL helped them develop skills essential for their success.
Just like PENCIL alumni, the 1.1 million students in NYC schools want to be a part of programs that can secure their futures,
but they often face systemic barriers to success.
by providing more mentorship, more internships, more skill development, more career awareness,
and more access to life-changing opportunities.
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