FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 9, 2010
MAYOR BLOOMBERG CELEBRATES GRADUATION OF 2010 NYC LADDERS FOR LEADERS STUDENTS
190 New York City Youth Complete Professional Internships with 65 High-Profile Organizations
American Airlines Awards Eight Interns with Round-Trip Airfare for College Tours
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today recognized the 2010 participants of NYC Ladders for Leaders, a program offering professional internships to New York City high school and college students, at a ceremony at Gracie Mansion. The Mayor also announced the winners of the American Airlines College Tour Competition, which provides participants round-trip airfare to visit the school of their choice. Now in its fifth year, NYC Ladders for Leaders is a joint initiative of the NYC Commission on Women's Issues and the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development. It was created to provide young New Yorkers the opportunity to explore different careers in both the private and public sectors, while also emphasizing the importance of pursuing post-secondary education. Mayor Bloomberg was joined at Gracie Mansion by Commission on Women's Issues Chair Anne Sutherland Fuchs and Executive Director Briana Collins, Department of Youth and Community Development Commissioner Jeanne B. Mullgrav, American Airlines Vice President of the New York office Art Torno, and program graduates Nadya Antoine and Gregory Stankevich.
"Our administration is committed to creating diverse opportunities to help our young New Yorkers thrive," said Mayor Bloomberg. "For five years, the Ladders for Leaders program has given young people the opportunity to work and learn in internships at City agencies, foundations, and many major corporations. With more participating organizations, more college opportunities and more bright young leaders, the future of our City looks brighter than ever."
"Each year, motivated young graduates of NYC Ladders for Leaders set the bar higher for the following year's participants," said CWI Chair Anne Sutherland Fuchs. "Their success is a testament to the impact of public-private partnerships and exposing high-achieving students to once-in-a-lifetime internship experiences. Our graduates will continue learning for the rest of their lives, and we look forward to hearing of their future achievements."
"We are so proud of today's graduates, who now join the distinguished ranks of our high-achieving NYC Ladders for Leaders alumni," said Commissioner Mullgrav. "This was a banner year for the program, with a record 190 young people participating. Their success proves what we already know - New York City's young people have what it takes to excel at the highest levels of the public and private sectors - all they need is the opportunity to prove themselves. NYC Ladders for Leaders provides these highly-motivated youth with the skills and confidence they need to thrive in school, work and life."
The Mayor also announced at the graduation reception the eight winners of the American Airlines College Tour Competition, which provides round-trip airfare to select NYC Ladders for Leaders participants to visit colleges throughout the continental United States. The 2010 winners, each of whom received a round-trip ticket for themselves and for an accompanying parent/guardian, are Nikeya Alfred, Nadya Faith Antoine, Lydia Bioh, Nacadia Facey, Wan Chao Guo, Maria Mejia, Silvi Shameti, and Yvonne Ye.
"This is the fourth consecutive year American Airlines has supported the Mayor's Ladders for Leaders program, and all of us at American are proud to be associated with an effort that rewards these very special young people for being such extraordinary students and citizens," said Art Torno, Vice President, New York, for American Airlines. "As usual, this year's pool of candidates was impressive, and made the decision extremely difficult. In fact, it is fair to say all of the candidates are winners for how they have carried themselves in their high school careers and in their communities.
"We are very pleased to extend the American Airlines College Tour Award to eight of the students, who have the opportunity with a parent or guardian to travel to and check out a college of their choice," Torno added. "We hope the visit will make an impact on which college they choose and we wish all of the students the best in going on to have a successful college career."
The recipients of the American Airlines College Tour Competition are:
In addition to their internships, participants in the program also have the option of enrolling in Kaplan SAT preparation courses at no cost and are also eligible to receive partial college scholarships. Interns are paid by partnering companies, and they attend workshops focused on work readiness, financial literacy, college orientation, health and well-being, and leadership development throughout the summer.
The NYC Ladders for Leaders program is supported in part by Accenture; AHRC; The Alex Hotel; American Cancer Society; American Express; Baby Buggy; Berkeley College; Bloomberg L.P.; Brooklyn College; Brooklyn Navy Yard; Catalyst; Catholic Medical Mission Board; CBS Corporation; Central Park Conservancy; City of New York; CUNY College Now; CVS Pharmacy; EmblemHealth; Ernst & Young LLP; The Estee Lauder Companies, Inc.; Everyday Health, Inc; Federal Reserve Bank of NY; The Fresh Air Fund; Friends of the High Line; Girls, Inc. NYC; Girls, Inc.; Goldman Sachs; Gotham, Inc.; Greater NY Chamber of Commerce; Grey Global Affiliates; GroupM; HSBC Bank USA, N.A.; Interpublic Group (IPG); The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust; JPMorganChase; Kaplan, Inc.; KPMG International LLP; Macy's; Major League Soccer; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Municipal Credit Union; New Video; New-York Historical Society; New York Law School; New York State Banking Department; NL Financial Alliance; NPower NY; Ogilvy and Mather; RCN Corporation; Tai Ping Carpets; Teigland-Hunt LLP; Tishman Speyer; Toys "R" Us; Verizon; Women's Venture Fund; Young & Rubicam Brands.
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