Harlem Educational Activities Fund, Inc.

Rating: 4.76 stars   17 reviews

Issues: Education

Location: 2090 Seventh Avenue 10th Fl New York NY 10027 USA

Mission: Established in 1989, HEAF presently serves more than 400 students from across New York City. Students from 6th grade through college participate in an 11-Year Continuum of HEAF''s academic enrichment and youth development programs. Working hand in hand with parents and public schools, HEAF strives to assist students in gaining entrance to New York City''s most competitive high schools and the country''s most prestigious colleges and universities.
Target demographics: middle school and high school students
Geographic areas served: New York City
Programs: THE HIGH EXPECTATIONS programs serve 250 bright seventh- and eighth-grade students per year. They motivate them to seek entrance to the City's competitive and selective public high schools and they help them develop the required skills.College Quest programs help 100 students achieve academically in the best public high schools through tutoring, mentoring, and leadership development and they prepare students for the SAT, guide them and their parents through college selection and application, and help them assemble financial aid.THE ONWARD! program will support 100 HEAF students while they are in college to assure that they succeed academically and embark on productive and satisfying careers.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

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've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

HEAF has become a part of my every day life. I have been a student there for five years now, and this place is a safe haven. They have become a part of who I am and there is no other place I would rather be than at HEAF!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

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've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My children and family have directly benefitted from the HEAF organization. HEAF saw the potential in my children that I saw as a parent and provided us with the tools to bring it to fruition.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

touch the lives of many more children and change the path that our education system has set forth for them. They would no longer have to settle for mediocre education.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

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!!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

- Higher grades - Increased confidence - Acceptance into top universities - Scholarships - Paid Internships - What more can I ask for?

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

making my daughter more socially diverse and great exposure to her emotional and educational skills.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

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've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've personally experienced the results of Heaf by watching my son grow and mature in a responsible young man who has aspirations and dreams for his future.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

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!!!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I was a parent that volunteered my services whenever there was an activity planned for the program.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

How dedicated the Director and the staff are with the youth and their parents!!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

DECICATED, RESOURCEFUL, RESPECTABLE, KIND, AND ALWAYS AVAILABLE.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Continue to assist with the youth that are envolved with the organization,build a larger location and create employment for younsters and the public !!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the way my son has gain more confidence in test taking skills.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

writing a review about my experience at Heaf is nearly impossible to put into words because so much has happened between the span of time in which i have been accepted to the program up until today. heaf as made me grow as a person. not only in the leadership way but in a wholistic way. i have branched out to be the public speaking, accountable, determinded and social individual that i had not recognized in myself before entering the program. it is a huge and beautiful transformation now that i consider it.As a young shy latina, i had aspirations about going to college but had no idea how to accomplish that goal or the essential steps to take to achieve that goal besides the fact that doing well in school will help. Thanks to my heaf family i have challenged my self in ways i would never have. i was a youth leader teaching my own youth leadership council when only in the 8th grade. i became the president of the council and have experienced the responcibilites that have come with it.this is only to mention a few of my experiences with heaf's program. but i have gained so much more with all of its academic, elective and youth development classes. not only that, but i have made wonderful relationships as well with the heaf staff whom i have considered to always depend on my whole entire life, either if its by email or phone to say hello or on a personal level. i know that they will always be there to consult with me on any given day, and that is what i love about heaf; not only about what it provides you with, but with the wonderful meaningful relationships that you make while being at the program. HEAF, i am proud to say, is part of my family.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

all of the wonderful years that i have been involved (with the program)

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not really worry about having the middle schoolers go and visit colleges because by the time we reach highschool,we have forgotten what the college campus was like. So its preferable to visit colleges mostly when in freshman year or in highschool.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the retreats that i have gone with. the college tours i have been in. and having known all the beautiful people whom i am happy that they are heaf staff.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

AMAZING. BEAUTIFUL. THE MOST HELPFUL INDIVIDUALS IN THE WORLD. IN OTHER WORDS THEY ARE SIMPLY THE BEST

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

possibly begin the journey of going to college from kindergardeners. in other words expand the program from 5th to 12th gr from k-12. and that considers it having a bigger location in manhattan and possibly spreading across different locations (burroughs)

Ways to make it better...

i would have visited more colleges in freshman and sophmore year rather than the having visits of colleges/universities in middleschool. also if it involved more involvement of creative classes in the arts for example:dancing,or learning other languages

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

not having enough funds to carry out its plans and fulfill their desired aspirations developed for the good of the organization

One thing I'd also say is that...

heaf really change the lives of young black and latino students for THE BETTER.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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