On March 7, 2014, students from Life Sciences Secondary School (LSSS) and Forest Hills High School were treated to one of EduMaKate’s mainstay events, a College2Career event held at the law firm of O’Melveny & Meyers (OMM). EduMaKate has formed an excellent partnership with OMM to give students a more accessible view of the legal profession and the myriad of careers paths it sustains.
Members of the EduMaKate team, including Co-Presidents Vladimir Yelizarov and Arthur Gukasyan, Chief Financial Officer Raul Noriega, Chief Operating Officer Ana Kovziridze, attended the event and gave a rousing and welcoming introduction to the students.
A number of keynote speakers engaged with the students, including New York State Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr., who spoke to the students about the importance of education and getting involved their community. Through his interactive approach with the students and stories about his upbringing and his jump into politics as a city council member, students learned valuable lessons on public service and political office.
Partners at the firm of O’Melveny & Meyers, including Eric Rothenberg and Jeffrey Kohn, took time out of their busy schedules to speak with the students on their early dreams and ambitions and what drove them to the legal field. Eric Rothenberg’s work with Rainforest Alliance greatly inspired the students, and they were in awe by how a law degree empowered him to pursue a life-long goal to improve the environment and save the world.
After our keynote speakers and a delicious catered lunch, the students participated in a Jeopardy-style game to test their knowledge of the material given during the presentation and previous workshops. The “judge” presiding over the game was EduMaKate’s CFO Raul Noriega, who donned black robes and a powdered wig for the occasion (he even had a gavel of his own!). There was also a raffle of prizes which included Nook Color tablets, gift cards to Barnes and Noble and Dunkin Donuts, as well as a Lenovo IdeaPad.
All in all, the event was a success, with students engaging with professionals in the legal and civic field, as well as gaining new knowledge of various career paths they can choose from. EduMaKate sincerely thanks all those who helped make this event possible, from our keynote speakers to the staff at the participating schools.
A very special thanks to O’Melveny & Meyers for their continued partnership with and support of EduMaKate and its commitment to providing underserved youths with access to educational and vocational resources.