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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.

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.

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

Mentor

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

Practice Makes Perfect Near-Peer Mentoring Model: Scholar

Scholar

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

how it all started

Karim Abouelnaga, Founder & CEO

Karim Abouelnaga, Founder & CEO

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

Lauren Reilly, Chief Learning Officer

Lauren Reilly,

Chief Learning Officer

Hannah Perkins, Chief Operating Officer

Hannah Perkins,

Chief Operating Officer

Akeem Headley, Chief Financial Officer

Akeem Headley,

Chief Financial Officer

Michelle Moore, Mentor Development Coordinator

Michelle Moore,

Mentor Development Coordinator

Emily Becker, Fellow Recruitment Coordinator

Emily Becker,

Fellow Recruitment Coordinator

Meiling Jabbar, Fellow Recruitment Coordinator

Meiling Jabbar,

Fellow Recruitment Coordinator

Peter Daskalov, Business Development Manager

Peter Daskalov,

Business Development Manager

Charles Baker, Marketing Coordinator

Charles Baker,

Marketing Coordinator

Karina Rodriguez, Program Manager

Karina Rodriguez,

Program Manager

Adam Merten, Program Manager

Adam Merten,

Program Manager

Nicole Pucci,  Program Manager

Nicole Pucci, 

Program Manager

Estefani Cespedes,  Program Coordinator

Estefani Cespedes, 

Program Coordinator

Yvette Vargas, Program Coordinator

Yvette Vargas,

Program Coordinator

Valerie Burgos, Program Coordinator

Valerie Burgos,

Program Coordinator

Tamar Slavitt, Program Coordinator

Tamar Slavitt,

Program Coordinator

Nick Cathcart, Program Coordinator

Nick Cathcart,

Program Coordinator

Briana Hickson, Program Coordinator

Briana Hickson,

Program Coordinator

Rachel Moon, Program Coordinator

Rachel Moon,

Program Coordinator