Families In Harlem Celebrate NYC Scholarship Month With Activation Of Accounts

February 2, 2024

On Wednesday, January 31st, 2024 in Harlem, the Harlem Village Academy West Charter School hosted an NYC Scholarship Month celebration and workshop for parents and guardians of students in kindergarten.

First and second grade with NYC Scholarship Accounts through the NYC Kids RISE Save for College Program.

Across the five boroughs, schools celebrated NYC Scholarship Month this January – the opportunity for new families to activate and view their children’s NYC Scholarship Accounts for the very first time! 

As part of their college and career readiness efforts, schools host various events, workshops, and activities so that families know their children already have a resource for their educational futures.

Each student’s account starts with an initial $100 seed investment and there are opportunities to earn more over time, building on this financial asset for higher education and encouraging students to dream big about the future. 


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During the presentation about the Save for College Program, the Harlem Village Academy West Charter School team worked with families to activate and view their students’ NYC Scholarship Accounts and learn about how the Save for College Program is supporting their children’s college and career training in the future.

At the Harlem Village Academy West Charter School, 297 students have NYC Scholarship Accounts with more than $107,000 invested for their college and career future. 

In celebration of NYC Scholarship Month, NYC Kids RISE, NYC Public Schools, the NYC Mayor’s Office of Equity & Racial Justice, the Gray Foundation and City officials recently announced that over 200,000 students across the city, including 75,000 new students, now have NYC Scholarship Accounts with nearly $30 million invested for their future college and career training.

Now, nearly every kindergarten, first and second grader in NYC public schools has a financial asset for their higher education.

Their families can activate and view their new NYC Scholarship Accounts at nyckidsrise.org/activate to start receiving additional rewards.

NYC Kids RISE has provided schools with toolkits, guides, posters, outreach tools, and additional resources, available in multiple languages, to encourage families to activate their child’s NYC Scholarship Account and take other steps in the Program.

For support with activating and viewing their child’s account, families can reach out to their school, attend an upcoming virtual workshop at nyckidsrise.org/events, email NYC Kids RISE at info@nyckidsrise.org, or call the NYC Kids RISE hotline at 833-543-7473. 

1)Pictured from left to right: Harlem Village Academy West Charter School school team members Paul LoMedico, Managing Director of External Affairs & Board Liaison; Melissa Ortiz, Principal and Vicki Villamarin, Director of Special Projects; with NYC Kids RISE team members Shawntel Street, Deputy Director, School Networks (Charter Schools); Jackie Matos, Chief of Staff, Mark Lee, Managing Director, Executive Project Management; Sinead Keegan, Director, Community Leadership & Training Institute; and Narehan Mohammed, Community Engagement Associate. Photo by Bridget Ye for NYC Kids RISE (January 31, 2024). 2)A Harlem Village Academy West family poses with the school’s Money Tree Poster during the school’s NYC Scholarship Month celebration and workshop for parents and guardians of students in kindergarten, first and second grade with NYC Scholarship Accounts through the NYC Kids RISE Save for College Program. Photo by Bridget Ye for NYC Kids RISE (January 31, 2024).

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