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Participants in city schools’ mentorship program receive ‘Key Awards’

May 30, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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CITYWIDE — THE NEW YORK CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS HONORED 67 MENTORS and their mentees from 24 schools at an inaugural ceremony Thursday night, May 29, for their ‘The Key Awards’ at the United Palace Theatre. Project PIVOT, Chancellor Banks’ initiative to address school and community safety, created ‘The Key Awards’ as part of a partnership between NYCPS, NYC Department of Youth & Community Development, NYPD Explorers, Youth Probation, NYC Service, and Urban Village Mentoring. An independent committee selected the evening’s awardees from pools of candidates who were nominated by NYCPS staff and students. This cohort of Key Award winners includes mentors from various community-based organizations, corporate partners, and NYCPS educators who are dedicated to selflessly investing their time and wisdom. Awards were also given to the students who have thrived and elevated their lives through this invaluable support. This recognition serves to remind our young people that they are on the right track, that the mentoring they have received is working, that their progress is noticed, and that they matter. Schools Chancellor David C. Banks said, “Mentorship contributes to strong, safe schools by guiding youth towards being self-affirmed individuals. When we invest in our young people, we empower the next generation of leaders and changemakers.”

Notwithstanding the awards’ similar name, they are unrelated to the Gold Key and Silver Key that Scholastic presents to the nation’s top scholars.

A mentor clasps the hands of his mentee during the awards ceremony.
Photo: New York City Public Schools Press Office

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