“Practice Makes Perfect” Continues to Make Progress
I recently caught up with one of our Startup Roll Call highlights, Karim Abouelnaga, the founder and the CEO of Practice Makes Perfect, Inc. Here’s a quick inside scoop on Practice Makes Perfect’s recent progress:
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We just released our annual report and results here.
This past summer, Practice Makes Perfect expanded its services to students in grades 2 through 11, impacting over 150 low-income students in Long Island City, Queens. This summer marked our third and final summer of pilots. Based on the data we have collected over the last three years, we are now moving forward with classes comprised of 24 students, 6 mentors, and two college teachers. The work we were doing garnered national attention and we were supported by two of the leading impact investors, including Points of Light and Echoing Green. Additionally, we received attention in the New York Times and USA Today. Most recently, we hired our first full-time employee, my former classmate, Brandon Espinosa School of Hotel Administration ’13 as our Chief Operating Officer. After recently publishing our results, we are working on our partnerships to scale up our work next year.
Karim is a founder and the CEO of Practice Makes Perfect, Inc. After graduating from the New York City public school system, Karim secured over $300,000 in scholarships and awards to make his college education possible. Karim has held internships with BlackRock, Goldman Sachs, and has volunteered on political campaigns. He was a licensed New York State Realtor, a Newman Civic Fellow, a Pearson Prize National Fellow, REACH Scholar, New York Needs You Fellow and a Presidential fellow through the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress. Most recently, Karim was named a 2013 Echoing Green Fellow.
In his spare time, Karim enjoys mentoring, playing sports, and engaging in political discussions. Karim serves on Connected Potential’s Youth Advisory Board and the Advisory Board of Long Island City High School’s NAF Academy of Hospitality and Tourism. Karim graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration.
Tune in via LiveStream to see Karim present at this year’s Cornell Entrepreneurship Summit NYC on October 11! The event starts at 9am and Karim will be speaking at 5pm. The event schedule can be found here.
Apply to be an F13 Curriculum Development Intern for Practice Makes Perfect! The Practice Makes Perfect Fall 2013 Curriculum Development Internship is a six-week unpaid internship opportunity that runs from October 28th to November 29th. There will be weekly progress check-ins through Google Hangout. This internship requires a 10-15 hour weekly commitment. The deadline to apply is Friday, October 18th at 5PM.