Practice Makes Perfect – Karim Abouelnaga ’13
Practice Makes Perfect is a New York City based nonprofit that provides summer enrichment services to academically struggling middle school students and high achieving high school students.
Cornellians on board:
Karim Abouelnaga, Chairmen & CEO, 2013
Andre Perez, President & COO, 2013
Tyler Shine, Treasurer, 2014
Amy Mitchell, Secretary, 2013
Brennan Spreitzer, Director, 2012
Nicolas Savvides, Vice President, 2014
Practice Makes Perfect was conceived on the premise that all children—regardless of race or socioeconomic status—have equal potential to compete intellectually in our society. Through a unique intergenerational approach, Practice Makes Perfect pairs academically struggling middle school students with high-achieving high school students from the same inner-city neighborhoods under the supervision of college interns for a four-year academic intensive summer program to narrow the achievement gap.
The idea for Practice Makes Perfect came about in 2010, shortly after McKinsey & Company published their April 2009 report “The Economic Impact of the Achievement Gap in America’s Schools,” which examines the dimensions and economic impact of the education achievement gap. After transferring to Cornell from Baruch College, Karim Abouelnaga brought together five close friends to construct a program that would challenge the way we educated our students, create employment opportunities for high school students in order to keep them off the streets and away from trouble, and provide internship opportunities for current college students and future educators.
Year Started: 2011
Number of employees: 2 + 28 volunteers
Location: New York City (midtown)
Summer Director: http://pmpnyc.org/home/engage-2/director
Summer Fellowship: http://pmpnyc.org/home/engage-2/fellow
Business Development Intern posting in March of 2013