On the morning of Tuesday, August 24, 2013 Team EduMaKate met with New York State Senator Joseph Addabbo at Martha’s Country Bakery, on Austin St. in Queens, NY. Members of our team, including our Co-President’s (Vladimir Yelizarov and Arthur Gukasyan) and our PR Coordinator (Mike Koba) sat down with Senator Addabbo to discuss our mission and on-going activities.
After watching the promotional video from our College2Career event, Senator Addabbo and his staff were very impressed with our work with high school students thus far. They really liked the grassroots approach to building partnerships with local high schools, including our Alma Maters, and they felt working with one high school at a time creates a bigger impact on the students.
Senator Addabbo made a lot of great suggestions on how to best work with city and state government, and was very eager to help with our cause. Being a father of two, he appreciated the programs like “College2Career” because it gives parents great tools to help drive career interests for their kids.
New York State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. represents New York’s 15thSenate District which includes 18 major communities throughout Queens. He currently serves on committees for Homeland Security and Military Affairs, Gaming and Wagering, and Libraries.
After a great discussion and a lot of promising next steps, our team hopped over to the District Office of Council Member Karen Koslowitz to continue building good will for EduMaKate through our community leaders.
Council Member Koslowitz and her staff were very receptive to our program, and felt that our pursuit of building strong community relations was very admirable. She also recommended reaching out to the council members in the various districts of our partner schools in order to increase community awareness for our programs.
Our mission related very personally to the council member, who worked tirelessly to put her two daughters through college. She is also a graduate of the City’s public education system, and understands the importance of creating opportunities for students through their public schools and community programs.
New York City Council Member Karen Koslowitz represents the 29th District of Queens which includes Forest Hills, Rego Park, Kew Gardens, parts of Maspeth, Richmond Hill, and Elmhurst. She chairs the Committee on Economic Development, and serves on the Consumer Affairs, Education, Finance, Rules, Privileges & Elections, and Standards & Ethics.
Each of the public officials we met with had high esteem for our commitment to education, and they serve as strong public advocates for our community. We look forward to working with them and their peers who champion our cause to promote a college education for underprivileged youth.