I have been a donor to HEAF since its founding 25 years ago. In all that time I would be hard pressed to find another organization that is as transparent, well intentioned, pragmatic, and most importantly, effective, as this one. By aiming at the middle population of children from disadvantaged backgrounds and guiding hem through college and even graduate school, HEAF has shown a remarkable record of accomplishing what it sets out to do. From top to bottom this is an organization that is doing important things...and doing them well.
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I am a proud HEAF parent of an Onward student who is now at Allegheny College. We have been with HEAF since 6th grade and can only sing their praises. They have mentored her through the years and still continue to be there for her.
I joined the HEAF team in 2009 as the 6th grade math teacher. I worked at HEAF until 2012 as math teacher and volunteer for their running club elective class. To this day I have not worked with such a group of like-minded, dedicated and hardworking colleagues. I highly recommend HEAF to many of my parochial school students, as I have seen tremendous personal growth and academic achievement among the students I have encountered there. As well rounded and rigorous program, HEAF deserves to be applauded for the efforts of their staff, volunteers, students, and families.
I joined the HEAF organization in the sixth grade and am now part of the their College Quest program. I honestly do not know where I would be if not for HEAF! They provide a great curriculum through out my school year that helps me advance in school and stay focused. HEAF has provided me with countless opportunities to further my education through College Tours, Elective Classes, Learning Service Classes, and Youth Development Courses. HEAF is a great place to be; they have become a second home!
I am the parent of three children that have successfully completed the College Quest Program at HEAF and are curretly in the Onward Program. Two of them have graduated college and entered into their successful field of study (including one who vehemently destested school and was not going to college)and one is currently in college. They have been chaperoned through grade school into their college choices and careers with much assistance from the HEAF staff. HEAF is a wealth of information and assistance for parents and children. The HEAF Family is very close knit and works together towards the success of the group as well as the individual needs of the child/family. The exposure to colleges, people connections and other outside agencies to provide answers to all of the questions that we may have is priceless. Each of our lives has greatly benefitted from being part of the HEAF Family.
I have been a participant at HEAF since my sophomore year of high school - now, I am graduating early from Fordham University, majoring in International Political Economy. I would not be where I am today if it wasn't for HEAF. They provided me with after-school academic enrichment activities, retreats, college and "study abroad" trips. On top of this, the staff at HEAF was very helpful! They provided me with emotional and academic support, and for that, I thank you HEAF!!!
One of the greatest thing that have had much influence on my daughter and us as parents is the variety of programs that HEAF has to offer. The six weeks of last summer was a wonderful, exciting and enriching experience for my daughter.She has been to different places, met so many people and made so many friends that her social and emotional skills were enriched.The academics offered were an asset to her work in school.Complments to a woderful and helpful staff(DARCY and BUTLER).My daughter is currently continuing her program at HEAF three days a week.The program is free of cost and compliments to the principal and staff of my daughter's school APPA.
My son and I have been a part of the Heaf family since 2007 when my son was entering middle school when he was accepted into the Higher Education Program lead by Ms. Wiggins & Ms. Darcy. It's a good feeling to know that your child is hearing the same message from people who want him to succeed which is also the same message being instilled at home. We received support with choosing High Schools that would be a good fit and we are forever grateful! My son is now in his first year of High School and he already has expectations of himself and plans for His future! We are so grateful to be a part of the Heaf family and I highly recommend you to check Heaf out - I'm glad I did! Thanks Heaf!
I am a parent of a young man that recently graduated from high school at 17 years of age and is currently in College and has joined the ROTC program. He entered Heaf at at the age of 11 and remained there until he graduated from High School in 2010. The counselors were always available to assist my child and myself, reason that I was a parent that often clinged to my son, not allowing him to go unescorted to the organization, Heaf and their staff provided an area where I was able to sit and do my own paper work. Heaf always lend a shoulder to lean on when I had tears in my eyes, assuring me that all would be well. Mr. Nico as we all kindly addressed him, was always available for my son and myself. Mr. Nico I commend you for all you did for Kevin!! Kevin has matured into a fine young man,independent and dedicated, he nows volunteers at the Red Cross and any area that his services are needed through ROTC. Thank you once again Heaf and the entire staff for doing such a great job for our youth and the parents!!!!
HEAF is a wonderful support base for children. This organization has helped my child not only to stay focus on the importance of academics but also the importance of character building, leadership and volunteerism. The children at HEAF are exposed to colleges through college tours since 6th grade hence when you happen to hear them speak about their future and what they want to do you are truly amazed. Any child who has pass through the doors of this organization and was truly committed to the program will leave as a well-rounded individual with great values who will contribute positively to society. I am blessed to have these wonderful staffers as one of my support system; they are like an extended family because they really care and are concerned about the success of each and every student that enters their doors.