Mission


Our Mission.
Connect students to success

Our Approach.
Bring together business professionals, educators, and students to open eyes, open minds, and open doors

Our Core Belief.
Relationships have the power to create opportunities that help New York City students succeed

Our Vision.
A city filled with students whose opportunities match their ambitions

What We Do.
PENCIL makes it easy for business professionals, educators and students to work together—in schools
and the workplace. Our hands-on programs, including in-school partnerships, mentoring, internships, and
immersive experiences like Principal For A Day®, create targeted opportunities to make a real difference
in the classroom and beyond.

 

PENCIL provides volunteer opportunities for individuals within the business community – at any level – through our three main programs:

 

The PENCIL School Partnership Program

PENCIL School Partnerships are created between teams of business volunteers and NYC public schools. Volunteers share their talents directly with students, offering students the opportunity to develop skills necessary for post-secondary achievement.

 

The PENCIL Internship Program

PENCIL serves over 500 public school students (ages 16-22) annually through a competitive career readiness training program that culminates in a paid six week summer internship at a company in New York City. Volunteers are a critical component of this program, serving as mentors, supervisors, and instructors.

 

PENCIL Points of Engagement

Short term. Student centered. Maximum impact. Providing tailored, single day volunteer events that directly impact NYC public schools. Company volunteers facilitate interactive College and Career readiness sessions for students at a participating school or company offices.