We are so honored to have Kate Shoemaker join our powerful board:
Kate Shoemaker is currently the VP of Public Policy and University Partnerships Strategy for Braven, a non-profit that focuses on the college to career transition for first-generation and low-income college students. She has also served as Chief Operating Officer at the South Ward Children's Alliance in Newark, and for 16 years she led public policy and special projects for Geoffrey Canada at the Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ). A highlight of her tenure at the HCZ, was advising the Obama Administration and others on the federal Promise Neighborhoods program, which was inspired by HCZ. She and her husband Anand live in Short Hills, NJ with their two children.
Akanksha recently introduced a unique art-language integrated curriculum for students from Kindergarten to Grade 5. The response was overwhelming! Students read poetry and inspiring quotes, and drew from their own experiences to respond to the texts through artwork. Below is an illustration by Sahil and Mushir, 10-year-old Akanksha students. ... See MoreSee Less
The Akanksha Fund’s fourth annual gala, held at Cipriani 25 Broadway on May 10th, was a resounding success. Over 400 people attended the sold-out gala which raised close to $1 million for Akanksha’s work in India. The gala featured two 8th grade Akanksha students from Mumbai, Prajwal Gayen and Nirjala Sharma. They spoke of the power of education and how Akanksha has changed the course of their lives. During a fireside chat, moderated by famous Indian actor Boman Irani, the students described overcoming obstacles familiar to so many of our students and gaining the tools and skills to succeed through their Akanksha teachers.
Boman Irani entertained the audience with a breath-taking rendition of “My Way” by Frank Sanatra and spoke of visiting Akanksha’s schools and seeing the power of what education can do for children and their families.
If you’d like to visit an Akanksha School on your next visit to Mumbai or Pune please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.