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What We do 

Practice Makes Perfect partners with k-12 schools to narrow the achievement gap and create greater equity in the world. Since 2010, this has been done through our flagship summer program that has been recognized by global leaders, national news outlets and local politicians for providing low-income children with access to programming that has historically only been accessible to their middle class and affluent peers. Over the years, we've worked with over 60 different schools across New York City. Today, we partner with schools to deliver services to drive academic outcomes that help students realize their full potential.

 

Our Vision

Level the playing field for low-income children.

our mission

We help students reach proficiency by delivering high-impact programs before, during, and outside of school hours.

 

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.

Professionalism

Professionalism

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.

Services

Additional Support

Additional Support

Partner with Practice Makes Perfect to provide your students with additional support.

After School

After School

We leverage our Summer and Saturday curriculum that focuses on the highest impact standards to provide academic support to students in achieving proficiency in the key focus areas.

Emotional Development

Intensive Tutoring

Before, During or After the School Day - We deliver Academic Intervention Services (AIS) in small groups of up to four students that focus on skill acquisition and social and emotional development. Oftentimes, our intensive tutoring is a focal point of school Response To Intervention (RTI) plans.

curriculum

On Saturdays

We deliver a Common Core standards aligned curriculum that focuses on the highest impact areas for grade level mastery. Sessions are three hours and focus on Math and/or ELA or Regents support.

During the Summer

During the Summer

We deliver an academic enrichment program for mandated and non-mandated students to eliminate the summer learning loss, foster social emotional development, and improve students' attitudes towards learning and school.

Eliminate Learning Gaps

Eliminate Learning Gaps

According to leading educators and researchers, students living in poverty are likely to see a 6,000 hour learning gap compared to their middle class peers. The bulk of those missing hours stem from a lack of access to enrichment opportunity that happens beyond the traditional school day.

Conscious Capitalism

Collaboration

Research, however, does not say that schools should do this work alone to be successful!

VALUES

we are committed to staying ahead of competitors with our highly trained, award winning staff and solutions. We work together, promoting a culture that is built on our core values.

Excellence

Excellence

We expect nothing less from the students we serve.

Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship

We recognize that innovation and execution are fundamental to improving educational outcomes.

Conscious Capitalism

Conscious Capitalism

We are focused on the triple bottom line (community, paying it forward, and sustainability).

Revolutionary Change

Revolutionary Change

We seek to be the catalysts that positively disrupt the education status quo.

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. To address this problem, he founded Practice Makes Perfect  as a way to redefine the learning experience for all children, regardless of their socioeconomic status. Today, we have served scholars all across New York City and continue to grow, creating a more equitable education system for all children!

 
 

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Karim Abouelnaga

Karim is the CEO of Practice Makes Perfect, a Benefit Corporation that partners with K-12 schools to deliver high quality, academic programs. He founded Practice Makes Perfect at 18. He writes for Entrepreneur, Forbes, Linkedin, and is working on releasing three books during Summer 2018. Karim is a TED Fellow and Echoing Green Fellow. At 23, he was named to Forbes’ 30 under 30 list in Education, and at 24 was named to Magic Johnson’s 32 under 32 list. In 2016, he was ranked in the top 3 most powerful young entrepreneurs under 25 in the world by Richtopia. He graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor’s in Hotel Administration and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Education Policy at Columbia University.


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Ernest Logan

Ernest Logan is currently Executive Vice President of the American Federation of School Administrators. From 2006 to 2017, he served as President of the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators. CSA represents more than 6,200 school and central office leaders including Principals, Assistant Principals, Education Administrators who work in the more than 1,200 New York City public schools as well as the Early Childhood Directors and Supervisors. He worked in the New York City public schools for more than 40 years as a teacher, principal, administrator and CSA member.

Born in Harlem and raised in East New York, the 11th of 13 children, Mr. Logan graduated from Franklin K. Lane High School in 1969 and SUNY Cortland in 1973. He received his master’s degree in Education from Baruch College/CUNY.


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Jeff Miller

Jeff Miller is President of JAMM Ventures, a business consulting company. Most of Jeff’s career was spent in operating companies. He was CEO of Documentum, Inc. (DCTM), an enterprise document management software company, from 1993 to 2001, and Chairman of the Board from 1999 to 2003. Under Jeff's leadership, Documentum became one of the fastest growing technology companies in the country. Starting as a private company with 15 employees and $500K of sales when he joined, Documentum had, by 2001, become a publicly traded NASDAQ company with 1,200 employees and revenues over $200 million.

Jeff holds a Masters of Business Administration (1976) and a Bachelors of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (1973) from Santa Clara University.


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James Whitfield

In 2013, James Whitfield founded ContractGPS as a government contract consulting firm for educational product and services companies. As a former government employee and consultant, James played an active role in creating the contract process he now successfully leads other businesses through. Some may say he helps other people defeat the same monster he helped create.

Over the last decade, James has assisted several large multi-billion dollar corporations, including McGraw-Hill, Pearson, and Kaplan K-12 understand the RFP, PQS and now MTAC process. James was raised in Queens, New York, and attended Hofstra University where graduated with his undergraduate, then Summa Cum Laude with a Master’s degree in Speech and Rhetoric in 2005.


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Jacob Lief

Jacob Lief is Founder and CEO of Ubuntu Pathways (ubuntupathways.org), a non-profit organization that takes vulnerable children in Port Elizabeth, South Africa from cradle to career. Nuancing traditional development models, Ubuntu redefined the theory of “going to scale”; rather than expanding geographically, they focus on the depth rather than breadth of their programs within a community of 400,000 people. Ubuntu’s programs form an integrated system of medical, health, educational and social services, ensuring that a child who is either orphaned or vulnerable could succeed in the world of higher education and employment. Ubuntu’s child-centred approach highlights the difference between merely touching a child’s life versus fundamentally changing it.

In 2010, Jacob was recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader. In 2012, he joined the Clinton Global Initiative Advisory Committee. In 2014, he was a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania and is the host of Philanthropy Unfiltered–a podcast series produced in partnership with the University’s Center for High Impact Philanthropy. Jacob has authored a book, I Am Because You Are, which was published by Rodale Inc. in May 2015.


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Jennifer Kenning

Jennifer Kenning is the CEO of Align Impact. As the CEO of Align, Jennifer leads client relationships and strategic direction of the Align team. A frequent speaker, moderator, and guest lecturer, Jennifer is committed to building the impact investing ecosystem while leading Align. Prior to co-founding Align, Jennifer was the Director of Wealth Management and a member of the Board of Directors at Aspiriant, one of the largest family-office-style registered investment advisor firms in the country. Jennifer was named on the “40 under 40” list by Investment News in 2014, selected for Private Asset Management’s “50 Most Influential Women in Private Wealth” in 2016, and chosen as Investment News Icon and Innovator in 2017.

Jennifer serves as the Senior Investment Advisor for ImpactAsset’s Annual IA 50 Impact Investing Fund Review Committee and sits on the industry advisory board of a joint project on investing in women organized by the Center for High Impact Philanthropy, the Wharton Social Impact Initiative, and the Tara Health Foundation.