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Practice Makes Perfect, Inc., Organization Dedicated to Academic Achievement,
Recognized at Clinton Global Initiative University for Addressing Global Challenges
New York–Practice Makes Perfect, the New York City-based non-profit organization dedicated to narrowing the academic achievement gap among inner-city students, was recognized by former President Bill Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative University 2013 meeting. The organization was one of five student commitments recognized for making a difference in one of five areas: education, environment and climate change, peace and human rights, poverty alleviation, and public health.
The annual conference, held this year at Washington University in St. Louis, April 5-7, brings together more than 1,000 students from around the world with innovators, thought leaders, and civically engaged celebrities to discuss and develop innovative solutions to pressing global challenges.
Practice Makes Perfect cofounder Karim Abouelnaga was seated onstage during remarks by the former President. Mr. Clinton then introduced Abouelnaga, who addressed the audience and explained how Practice Makes Perfect pairs academically struggling middle school students with high-achieving high school students within the same inner-city communities.
Last year Practice Makes Perfect received a $10,000 grant from Ernst & Young, a $5,000 grant from High Peaks Hospitality, won the Robinson Appel Humanitarian Award, and attracted 175 donors with sponsorship from Brickwell Cycling to help fund its programming. In just one year, Practice Makes Perfect was able to triple its outreach by serving 150 students across three New York City boroughs. This summer Abouelnaga says the organization expects to expand its outreach even further, to serve 500 socioeconomically disadvantaged students at ten inner-city schools across New York City.
“It’s inspiring to witness the power of CGI U students, whose energy, ideas, optimism and determination continually expand the possibilities for public service,” said Chelsea Clinton, who serves on the board of the Clinton Foundation.
Aboulenaga will graduate from Cornell University in May and will work full time to expand the reach of the organization he founded with four Cornell classmates. “President Clinton has been an incredible role model for me ever since I learned that we share very humble beginnings,” said Abouelnaga.
About Practice Makes Perfect, Inc.
Practice Makes Perfect, Inc., is a nonprofit organization founded in 2011 by six Cornell students on the premise that all children – regardless of race or socioeconomic status – have equal potential to compete intellectually in our society. Practice Makes Perfect aims to narrow the achievement gap by pairing academically struggling middle school students with high-achieving high school students within the same inner-city neighborhoods, and places them under the supervision of college interns, for a academic intensive summer program.
About CGI U
The Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) brings together college students to address global challenges with practical, innovative solutions. CGI U participants do more than simply discuss problems – they take concrete steps to solve them by creating action plans, building relationships, participating in hands-on workshops, and following up with CGI U as they complete their projects. Previous CGI U meetings have taken place at Tulane University, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Miami, the University of California at San Diego, and the George Washington University, and have convened more than 4,500 students from nearly 750 schools, more than 130 countries, and all 50 states. To learn more, visit cgiu.org.
Contact: Danielle Chase, Public Relations