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PopImpressKA Journal: Top Millennial Entrepreneurs was Honored for Global Humanitarian Efforts in Haiti!

by Olga Papkovitch

November 15, 2014





GLOBAL NOW GALA was organized by Bridget O'Brien PR and Events coordinator,

Practice Makes Perfect, CEO Karim Abouelnaga and Kreyol Essence’s, Yve-Car Momperousse are among the Cornell Alum Honored for Redefining ‘Sustainable Business’ and ‘Best Practices in Education'!

November 09th 2014, in partnership with Roots of Development and Educate Haiti Now (EHN), HADEM hosted the first of its kindGLOBAL NOW GALA, Award Ceremony & Fundraiser, honoring Global efforts and Humanitarian achievement. This Live Feed event with Haiti took place at The Battery Park By the Water, 17 State Street, New York City. PopImpressKA Journal was one f the media outlets during this fantastic event for a great cause.

This year’s honorees include; Practice Makes Perfect’s CEOKarim Abouelnaga for his continued success in education and global perspective that children, regardless of race or socioeconomic status have an equal potential to compete intellectually in our society; Vermont based CEO, Benjamin Green of The Ediké, Inc. and team for their successful trade skill building program, fashion business based in Port-a-Prince Haiti, and ‘A Beautiful Haiti’ photography movement focused on the power of business and organizing for self-sufficiency; And multifaceted entrepreneur, Kreyol Essence’s CEO, Yve-Car Momperousse for her successful work to tackle the socioeconomic disparities plaguing Haiti through business by developing a global organic hair care line that is based in Haiti, benefitting the country economically and environmentally. HADEM Today, President, Pierre Alexandrefocused his mission for 2014 to engage the next generation of leaders with a Call-to-Action initiative through award recognition in the area of Education Pioneers, Global Humanitarian and Sustainability Business. It was the collaborative work of HADEM’s Executive Director, Jay Vix with Regional Director of EHN, Francisco Ramirez that sparked the recruitment of a steering board and now the establishment of this fundraising gala for under-privileged communities across the world!

PopImpressKA Journal met up with Lauren Reilly, Development Coordinator for

Lauren is the Development Coordinator at Practice Makes Perfect (PMP). She joins the PMP team after teaching US History in the Democracy Prep Charter Network in Harlem. Prior to this she was a 2011 Teach for America corps member in New York. During her time in the corps, she taught 9th grade Global History and 12th grade Regents Preparation at The International Leadership Charter High School in Bronx, NY. After her first year of teaching, she was recognized as the 9th grade team leader and Model United Nations Coach. In her spare time she enjoys playing soccer, volleyball, traveling the world, and spending time with her family.

Lauren graduated with a Master’s degree in Adolescent Social Studies Education from Fordham University in New York, New York and a Bachelor’s degree in History from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. She has received admittance into the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and was All-Academic for three years on the Vassar College Women’s Soccer Team. 

PMP website. The non-profit organization can also be found on Twitter and Facebook. Following is a blurb on a PMP campaign going on right now called "It Takes All Year". 

Practice Makes Perfect (PMP) is an education non-profit that partners with low-income neighborhoods to create summer education programs to support students K-12. And while summer may be over for most, PMP is just kicking into gear. It takes all year for Practice Makes Perfect to create change in a community that will last a lifetime. PMP strives to raise funds through this campaign to help us serve 500 students for the 2015 summer. Help us today by donating to eliminate the summer learning loss for students in communities that need it most. 
Practice Makes Perfect addresses inequities in socioeconomically disadvantaged neighborhoods over the summer. Research has found that two-thirds of the ninth-grade achievement gap between lower and higher income youth can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities. Students from low-income areas lose between 2.5 to 3.5 months of academic learning each summer, while their affluent peers are making academic gains. 
Practice Makes Perfect is a comprehensive summer education program with a proven “near-peer” model to support students from kindergarten through college matriculation. Our programs pair skills development for younger students with leadership development, career training and college prep for older students. Through a unique multi-relational approach, Practice Makes Perfect strategically matches academically struggling elementary and middle school students with older, higher achieving mentor peers from the same inner-city neighborhoods. Trained college interns and certified teachers supervise the “near-pear” relationship for a five-week, full-day academic experience.
Founder and CEO of Practice Makes Perfect, Karim Abouelnaga, received over $300,000 in scholarships and aid to make his college education possible. Now, he is trying to make the college education experience he received possible for other economically disadvantaged children.

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