For Immediate Release Contact: Harlem Children Society (HCS)
June 19, 2009 C: 646-643-8543; T: 646-643-8563/ 646-633-4645/4655
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HCS 2009 Internship Program Organizes Orientation Ceremony for 400 students and their Guardians, in hands-on Research in Science fields at Salem United Methodist Church in Harlem, NY
Harlem, NY – On Friday, June 26th, 2009, at 1.30 PM, Harlem Children Society (HCS) will organize an orientation ceremony for 400 students from over 120 schools and their guardians for its program in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics & Allied Sciences at Salem United Methodist Church in Harlem at 2190 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. The event furnishes a forum in which HCS conveys the importance of parental/guardian involvement and support, accurately portraying the scope of the program, and the organization’s expectations of the students through their summer and afterschool programs. The inductees, primarily high school students, are all from extremely impoverished and under-served backgrounds; 96% of whom are minorities (38% African American; 22% Hispanic, and 46% other minorities). Over 58% are young women.
On June 30th the students will formally be inducted in the Program in a ceremony at Caspary Auditorium at Rockefeller University (1230 York Avenue at 66th Street). The event will open with entertainment by the magnificent Cardone, magician extraordinaire. In a demonstration of virtual global unity, the Induction will feature simultaneous LIVE video conferencing with HCS sister sites in Washington D.C., New Orleans, the Hopi reservation in Arizona, Mexico, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and India. Special guests attending the program in NYC will feature the New York State Senator Majority Leader, Malcolm Smith, NY State Senator Liz Krueger, and NYC Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott, and NYC Councilman, John Liu.
Harlem Children Society was founded by Dr. Sat Bhattacharya, Molecular Geneticist and Cancer Research Scientist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, as a local grass-root, yet global non-profit organization in 2000 in order to give under-resourced and under-served, yet highly motivated high school and university students the chance to develop, hone and harness their skills to ultimately better serve their individual communities. Serving students ridden by abject poverty in the NY region, across the country and increasingly applying its model globally, HCS implements lessons learned from our experience with the NYC school system in its innovative program. It engages students in one-on-one hands-on science research in a myriad of fields in science, technology, math & engineering with accomplished mentors in leading universities, hospitals, research centers, and internationally renowned institutions.
To further enhance students’ intensive training program, HCS conducts weekly workshops & a lecture series. Students are exposed to a variety of experts (educators from UNESCO & UNICEF, Nobel laureates, leading scientists, engineers and doctors from a variety of fields and disciplines) invited to speak about their respective professions, illuminating and providing insight into important current issues. Students are also required to present their individual projects during the weekly series, employing sophisticated power point presentations to demonstrate their progress in their laboratories. HCS also organizes satellite meetings with other HCS remotely, webcasting live throughout the US and beyond.
HCS’s intensive summer program culminates in students submitting research papers on their respective work, and subsequently presenting their work in various forums, including conferences, meetings, symposia, and our "Annual International Harlem Science Street Fairs & Festivals” poster competitions. Perhaps the jewel in the crown of HCS’ progressive programs, this unique global event connects countries in real time via web casting, as students share their research directly in a public forum, local village or community. The goal is to share the spirit of scientific enquiry, art, culture and the celebration of the human spirit across the time, continental and digital divide.
HCS’s redressing of educational and career access in the sciences thus far in America show that 100% of HCS students attend college, 80% majoring in science and math, and over 20% of whom have been inducted into Ivy League schools. Students have received numerous awards and scholarships from the Posse Foundation, the Gates Millennium Scholarship, the New York Times Scholarship Fund and other prestigious institutions. Further, HCS’s innovative program increases recruitment; retention, advancement and nurturing of budding scientists and engineers from otherwise neglected populations. In a time when people are losing interest in science, engineering, and technology careers, HCS hopes to revitalize these fields with some of our most gifted youth from such communities.
The goal of the organization is "Glocal" and trans-disciplinary in nature, creating a unique paradigm using a hands-on approach towards the scientific learning process. It encourages, promotes and helps transcend boundaries between the disciplines and blaze new trails in the analysis of the relationships between society and science in a unique blend of social entrepreneurship! This obviously encourages a dialogue about new socio-cultural, political and economic issues, ultimately translating to global sustainability and peace.