our mission

We are on a mission to provide high-quality academic summer programming to students in high-need communities.


Our Vision

Our vision is to redefine the summer learning experience for all children.


our Brand promises

Programmatic Outcomes

Programmatic Outcomes

We work relentlessly to meet the individual needs of our students to ensure progress is made towards achieving proficiency.



We hold ourselves to the highest standards from top to bottom.

Full-Service Partnership

Full-Service Partnership

We do whatever it takes to deliver high quality products and services for our partners.

our proven model

Our unique, near-peer mentoring model allows all participants to be beneficiaries. Each participant is empowered as a mentor, creating a chain reaction of personal development. In short, with Practice Makes Perfect everyone wins!

Practice Makes Perfect Near-Peer Mentoring Model: Teaching Coach

Teaching Coach

A certified NYC teacher, empowered as a school leader and mentor to our Teaching Fellows.

Practice Makes Perfect Near-Peer Mentoring Model: Teaching Fellow

Teaching Fellow

An aspiring educator, currently enrolled in college, who gains hands-on classroom experience.

Practice Makes Perfect Near-Peer Mentoring Model: Mentor


A high-achieving student from the same community as our scholars, empowered as a leader.

Practice Makes Perfect Near-Peer Mentoring Model: Scholar


K-8 students who attend our New York City partner schools engaged in summer learning opportunities.

how it all started

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Karim Abouelnaga, Founder & CEO

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In 2010, while a student at Cornell University, Karim Abouelnaga, Practice Makes Perfect's CEO & Founder, set out to solve a problem plaguing low-income communities: the academic achievement gap. During his research he found that 2/3 of this achievement gap was attributed to unequal summer learning opportunities. To address this problem, he founded Practice Makes Perfect  as a way to redefine the summer learning experience for all children, regardless of their socioeconomic status. Today, we have served scholars all across New York City and continue to grow, embracing the #SummerForward mentality!


our dedicated team

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Lauren Reilly, Chief Learning Officer

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Hannah Perkins, Chief Operating Officer

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Akeem Headley, Chief Financial Officer

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Nicole Pucci, Program Manager

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Karina Rodriguez, Program Manager

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Peter Daskalov, Business Development Manager

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Charles Baker, Marketing Manager

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