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Wall Streeters Raise $4 Million to Fund East Harlem Tutorial

By Amanda L. Gordon, Bloomberg News

At the East Harlem Tutorial Program benefit on Monday, race took center stage.

A copy of the organization’s Racial Equity Statement was on display during cocktail hour. During his remarks, Executive Director Jeff Ginsburg addressed the role race can play as a barrier to achievement, citing the work of Stanford University economist Raj Chetty.

“For so many kids, institutional racism threatens their future,” Ginsburg told an audience seated below a massive blue whale at the American Museum of Natural History that included Blackstone’s Jon Gray and Joan Solotar, William Rahm of Centerbridge Partners, Glenview’s John McMonagle and Renaissance Technologies founder Jim Simons.

Ginsburg was aware that Oprah Winfrey had also spoken of Chetty’s work at the Robin Hood Foundation benefit a week earlier. Winfrey said she couldn’t stop thinking about the study, which found that “white boys born at the top are likely to stay at the top, while black boys born at the top are actually more likely to become poor,” she said. “What the study says for sure is that race matters.”

‘Honest Conversation’
The acknowledgment that opportunity alone doesn’t generate lasting mobility for people of color is huge. So many people at both events have put their money into programs designed around that idea. Now Chetty’s work is challenging them to ask: What do you do when you realize that opening doors is not enough?

“I think it’s the most honest conversation to have, or else what’s going to happen tonight is we’re going to raise all this money, but what are we going to spend it on?” Ginsburg said. “If we’re not spending and thinking about what actually matters in education, then what’s the point?”

EHTP created its racial equity statement last year. It calls on staff and others involved to “face, honestly and directly, our own racial identities and our own conscious and unconscious biases.”

Monday’s gala raised $4 million and drew 600 guests, records on both counts. It helps to have supporters who are in it for the long haul. Rahm, 39, began tutoring with the organization when he was in high school, and joined the board almost 16 years ago. It’s likely he’ll stick around to see the 60-year-old nonprofit build a 75,000-square-foot charter high school on land it recently purchased.

The group, with an annual budget of $30 million, serves about 1,500 neighborhood students and expects that number to double by 2025.

Wall Streeters Raise $4 Million to Fund East Harlem Tutorial

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Why I Celebrate #EHTP60

I first became involved with East Harlem Tutorial Program (EHTP) when I was in 9th grade. I volunteered as a tutor every Saturday through high school. It made a big impact on me to have this one-on-one connection mentoring an elementary school student. It also made me think about how I had access to opportunities that were not available to kids in East Harlem.

I knew then that I would want to stay involved with EHTP and support the organization in providing educational opportunities to East Harlem’s young people. And I have stayed involved ever since.

EHTP has grown in services and impact far beyond what I could ever have imagined when I was in high school. It is still grounded in the same values such as the importance of having mentors invested in the success of scholars. But EHTP has expanded its programs to include high-performing Pre-K to 12 schools, after-school programs for students at district schools, a College Scholars program, and the East Harlem Teaching Residency. This year we will offer more than 1,600 students a culturally responsive curriculum and a model that balances social-emotional growth and academic rigor.

Even as we achieve great results, we haven’t lost sight that we are a community-based organization. Our #BuildLove campaign celebrates the cultural diversity of East Harlem, shows that we welcome all families, and lets our community know that we are stronger together.

This year my wife, Cassie, and I are honored to serve as Chairs of EHTP’s 60th Anniversary Benefit on May 21 at the American Museum of Natural History. I hope you will join us for this event and celebrate how much EHTP has achieved, meet our high school scholars, and get a sneak peak at our blueprint for the future.

We are just beginning to see the incredible possibilities of our East Harlem Tutorial Program scholars. I am filled with such hope and excitement for our children, city, and country.

Join us!

Billy Rahm

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Become an Effective Teacher Through the East Harlem Teaching Residency

Spots are limited. Apply today to join the 2018-19 Teaching Residency cohort at http://bit.ly/ApplyTeachingResidency

“The Teaching Residency truly prepared me to be a successful and impactful lifelong teacher. Dozens of lesson plans, 22 third-grade students, two outstanding coaches, and one graduate degree later, I can truly say I am becoming the teacher I always wanted to be.” – Ashley, Teaching Resident, Cohort 2.

Whether you are a recent college graduate, or considering a career change, the East Harlem Teaching Residency will prepare you to be a highly effective teacher. Program highlights include:

  • 14-month subsidized master’s degree in childhood education in partnership with Hunter College;

  • Classroom training with a mentor teacher in East Harlem Scholars Academies;

  • Experience leading an EHTP after-school classroom for district public school students.

    Additional benefits include approximately $6,000 from the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award; subsidized health insurance; paid vacation; financial aid guidance; laptop and mobile phone; and job placement support.

    If you are mission-driven and passionate about transforming educational outcomes for students, we invite you to apply to the East Harlem Teaching Residency. This highly selective program develops, supports, and certifies aspiring educators to become confident, high-impact elementary teachers in public and charter schools in New York. The East Harlem Teaching Residency is a program of East Harlem Tutorial Program (EHTP), a community-based organization serving East Harlem since 1958. The 2018-19 Teaching Residency cohort begins June 1, 2018.

    Apply today at http://bit.ly/ApplyTeachingResidency

    For more information, visit ehtp.org or contact [email protected].

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