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Three Baruch Undergraduates Awarded Grants for Nonprofit Internships

New York, NY – May 2, 2007—Three Baruch College undergraduates have each been awarded grants of $4,500 by American Humanics’ newly created Next Generation Nonprofit Leaders Program (NextGen Leaders) to support their field experience through internships in a nonprofit organization.

 Zoie Blackwood, a junior majoring in political science at Baruch’s Weissman School of Arts & Science, along with Cathy Lu and John Pham, juniors majoring in public affairs at the College’s School of Public Affairs, competed nationally against students from over 40 colleges and universities affiliated with American Humanics. The awards are funded through a $5 million grant from the Kellogg Foundation, and are intended to diversify the pool of talented individuals interested in leadership positions in the nonprofit sector. The students have been placed with the following organizations and mentors: 

  • Zoie Blackwood - Accion NY, Monica Pons is her mentor.
  • Cathy Lu - ReServe Elder Service in Brooklyn, Claire Haaga Altman is her mentor.
  • John Pham - 23rd Street Association, Sharon Ullman is his mentor.

“The fact that this is a fairly new program for Baruch, with only one to two years involvement thus far, is part of what makes this accomplishment so great,” said Baruch College President Kathleen Waldron.

American Humanics is a national alliance of over 75 colleges and universities and more than 50 nonprofit organizations that prepares and certifies college students for careers in youth and human service agencies.

”I am particularly pleased because all three students that applied for a grant were awarded one - a testimony to the quality and character of the individual students, as well as the entire student body at Baruch College,” said Professor Stan Altman, a former dean of Baruch's School of Public Affairs who initiated the relationship between Baruch and American Humanics.

The NextGen Leaders program is designed to help a racially and ethnically diverse group of students with demonstrated leadership potential complete the requirements for American Humanics certification in nonprofit management, specifically the minimum 300-hour nonprofit internship. Students also receive support from a network of nonprofit leaders who serve as mentors.

 “The nonprofit internship allows AH students to apply what they have learned through coursework and live the ‘daily routine’ of a nonprofit professional,” said Kala Stroup, President of American Humanics.

Contact: Professor Stan Altman, (646) 660-6792, or Lara Moon, (646) 660-6093.

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