PENCIL Blog: From Our Notebook

Read our blog for original stories, interviews, event recaps, photo highlights and more!

PFAD Past and Present

On April 16th, business and civic leaders will head into public schools around New York City for PENCIL’s Principal For A Day®. While there, they will engage with the principal, teachers and students, share their professional experiences and learn what a day at a New York City public school is really like. But how did this event begin?

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Sumara is a part-time staff member at PENCIL and joined the team as a program coordinator. A talented cook, she loves to host friends for dinner. Read more about the experience Sumara has brought to PENCIL and her passion for travel.

Name: Sumara Ahmad
Hofstra University and Hunter College
Special Skills:
Cooking, especially when not following a recipe

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Francine is a part-time staff member at PENCIL and joined the team as a program coordinator. She is passionate about creating new opportunities for students across New York City. Read more about Francine’s love for writing and her many other hobbies.

Name: Francine Karpeh
Age: 25
Graduated from Rutgers University
Last Internship:
Cents Ability, a NYC non-profit focused on educating high school students on financial literacy
Special Skills:
Writing poetry, singing, playing the ukulele

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Calling all New York City Businesses!

PENCIL serves hundreds of high school and college students each year as part of the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development’s Ladders for Leaders Program and now is the perfect time to sign up your company as an intern host for the Summer 2019 season.

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Notes from a field trip with American Airlines and I.S. 141 The Steinway School

Recently, a group of 6th graders from I.S. 141 The Steinway joined PENCIL partner, American Airlines, for a fun and informative day out of the classroom and in a workplace like none other: John F. Kennedy International Airport!

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Team PENCIL Personals

The TCS New York City Marathon is coming up this Sunday, November 4, and we’re so proud of Team PENCIL! As we count down to the start, we thought we’d introduce you to some of the inspiring New Yorkers who are running on behalf of PENCIL, and fundraising to help connect students to success. We hope you’ll join us in promoting the race among your supporters and followers and consider donating in honor of these incredible athletes.



Intern Personals: TIANA DOUGLAS

Tiana is a part-time staff at PENCIL and joined as the Internship Program Coordinator. Tiana has a passion for all things creative and loves to go on food adventures throughout Manhattan. Read more about Tiana’s major and experiences.

Name: Tiana Douglas
Age: 23
School: Graduated from Fashion Institute of Technology (SUNY)
Special Skills: Painting and Film photography



Intern Personals: BOBBIAN LAWRENCE

Bobbian is a part-time staff at PENCIL and joined the team as the program coordinator. Her love for non-profits started at her previous position as a vocational intern at Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO). Read more about Bobbian and her love for the Marvel Universe.

Name: Bobbian Lawrence
Age: 21
School: Graduated from Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC), currently a junior at Baruch College
Last Internship: Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO)
Special Skills: Communication-the ability to be a medium to ensure that communication flows easily in a medium no matter the time or place, and a great cook.


PENCIL has been sharing blogs about our students and their experiences. This made us look back to our own first internship experiences, what drew us to work at PENCIL, the advice we have for our younger selves and the current students as well as the importance of PENCIL’s mission of connecting students to success. We hope that you will enjoy these posts from our team, read more about it in PENCIL Personals: Part III