BRONX, NEW YORK JUNE 13, 2015 — The Hunts Point Alliance for Children (HPAC) hosted their first ever HPAC Scholar Field Day and Picnic to honor the students and families involved in their academic programming. HPAC staff also recognized exemplary scholars from each program for their effort and improvement during a special award ceremony.
HPAC Scholars, who range in age from birth to recent high school graduates, had the opportunity to participate in fun physical activities and enjoy a picnic lunch at Hunts Point Riverside Park. A team of volunteers from Goldman Sachs Community Team Works helped facilitate the activities and prepare lunch for the scholars and their families.
This has been a breakthrough academic year for HPAC, as they have graduated their largest cohort of students yet. The graduating students have been involved in programming since the 5th grade, which at the time was the entry-point into HPAC’s academic pipeline. Collectively, these students were awarded over $900,000 in merit-based and financial aid to college, and have been accepted to the following colleges: Boston College, Le Moyne College, Mercy College, NYU, Manhattanville College, Holy Cross, Fordham University, Hostos Bridge Program to City College Engineering, Sullivan Community College, Mount Saint Mary College, City College and Middlebury College (through a POSSE scholarship).
“We are so proud of the scholars who have stuck with us since the 5th grade and shown us heart and hustle over the years,” said Maryann Hedaa, Founder and President of HPAC. “The commitment of our students and the concentrated effort of HPAC staff shows that a long-term investment in children’s academic growth really works.”
About the Hunts Point Alliance for Children
The Hunts Point Alliance for Children (HPAC) is comprised of sixteen individual schools and non-profit organizations committed to supporting children and families living in the Hunts Point peninsula of the South Bronx. The Citizens’ Committee for Children on New York has identified Hunts Point as the most at risk neighborhood to grow up in New York based on economic, employment, housing, health and other factors. Over 59% of the children in the community live in poverty.
HPAC’s efforts are driven by the vision that Hunts Point children will be ready for kindergarten, ready for middle school, ready for high school, and ready for higher education. In the eight years of its existence, HPAC has been a strong voice for the children of Hunts Point and a conduit for resources to support the schools and organizations in this community.
HPAC’s birth to college pipeline provides programming and academic opportunities in the following program areas: Early Childhood Education, Youth Development, Education Transition Counseling, and Family Support Services. On an annual basis, HPAC serves 300 children and young people and reaches 2,000 residents through community events and outreach.
To learn more about HPAC, visit our website, www.huntspoint.org.
 Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York Report on the Well-Being of Children in 59 Community Districts, February 2015. Available at http://www.cccnewyork.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/CCCRiskRankingNYC.pdf