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June 26, 2018
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MEDIA ADVISORY: NYC HONORS MORE THAN 100 HOMELESS COLLEGE-BOUND HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES
 
NEW YORK—On Wednesday, June 27, 2018, the de Blasio Administration will commemorate the achievements of more than 100 college-bound high school graduates currently residing in shelter. Together with their families, the graduates will join leadership from the Department of Homeless Services and partners from the Department of Education and the New York Public Library for an evening celebration and commemoration ceremony, where they will be awarded a free laptop and duffel bag full of move-in necessities to help them with their college studies. In addition to their academic accomplishments, many have overcome tremendous personal challenges, with graduates on their way to universities including Harvard College, Pomona College, Columbia University, and Pace University..
 
DHS received a generous donation from the Thompson Benevolence Fund to award Future Leaders Scholarships to college-bound high school seniors who are experiencing homelessness and demonstrate educational success. Nine students will be awarded one scholarship each at a value of $2,000. All students will receive DHS-funded laptops and duffel bags full of college supplies, funded by Citizens Bank, Deloitte, Glenery Inc., Macmillan, New York Times and Viacom, coordinated by NYC Service.
 
Media interested in attending should RSVP with Arianna Fishman at fishmana@dss.nyc.gov.
 
What: Graduation ceremony for homeless college-bound high school graduates, featuring two student speeches and remarks by City officials
When:
Wednesday, June 27, 2018—5:45PM—8:00PM
Where: New York Public Library Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, The Celeste Bartos Forum 476 5th Ave. (entrance on 42nd St.) New York, NY 10018
Who:
100 students from NYC homeless shelters and their families and City officials including:
  • Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Dr. Herminia Palacio 
  • Department of Homeless Services Interim Chief Program Delivery Officer Lawanna Kimbro
  • Department of Education Senior Executive Director of the Office of Field Support Cheryl Watson
 
 
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