EduMaKate presented high school students with a valuable introduction to the legal profession and educational prizes at the Second Annual EduMaKate College2Career Event on Monday, May 20, 2013, held at O’Melveny & Myers LLP New York office.
The College2Career program is organized in conjunction with the law firm O’Melveny & Myers LLP (OMM) and the New York City Department of Education. Opening remarks were delivered by Vladimir Yelizarov, Founder and Executive Director of EduMaKate, who spoke about the mission of the organization and the importance of pursuing a college education for a brighter future. Many of the speakers, which included OMM Managing Partners, Directors, and Senior Associates offered sound advice to this year’s aspiring high school students and shared how the EduMaKate Program can help empower students to graduate from high school, enroll in a 4-year college, and pursue a successful career.
Thirty Six tenth and eleventh grade students, from the Virtual Enterprise program at the HS for Arts & Business, and the law program at Curtis High School, along with their faculty advisers were in attendance. After receiving inspiring anecdotes about “diversity” and “the college experience” from the OMM speakers, the students partook in a cooperative game of “Jeopardy” with their fellow classmates. They worked together, as teams, and through their competition learned a great deal about potential career paths and the college education process. At the finale, students participated in a raffle and several students were awarded educational tools such as a Barnes & Noble NOOK HD+, Samsung Galaxy Tab, and numerous gift cards for books and school supplies.
The EduMaKate College2Career program in New York was established in 2012 to encourage high school sophomores and juniors, who have demonstrated academic excellence, to pursue a college education despite socioeconomic adversities and financial hardships. Since the program’s inception, over 105 New York City public high school students have participated and were inspired to pursue higher education.