Governor Pataki to Receive John F. Kennedy, Jr. Institute’s Public Service Award

The John F. Kennedy Jr. Institute for Worker Education at The City University of New York will honor Gov. George Pataki with its annual Public Service Award during a special ceremony at the CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, on Tuesday, October 8th, at 4:30 p.m. in the 8th floor Dining Commons.

The Governor is being recognized for his “strong support of John Kennedy Jr.’s work,” now carried on by the JFK Jr. Institute, which seeks to create opportunities in higher education for workers in health care, education and human services occupations.

JFK Jr. founded and funded “Reaching Up,”a non-profit organization in 1989 in collaboration with CUNY. In 1998, at Kennedy’s invitation, Gov. Pataki delivered the keynote address at the Institute’s annual convocation and announced state support for the expansion of initiatives for child care and youth care workers. Shortly after Kennedy’s tragic death in 1999, the Governor announced the formal renaming of the Institute in Kennedy’s memory.

“The Governor has been a strong supporter of John Kennedy’s work to provide opportunities for higher education and career advancement for frontline workers in health, education and human services,” said Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, President of “Reaching Up.” Dr. Sachs added, “We are extremely grateful for everything he has done.”

The Institute’s programs include “Kennedy Fellow”s and scholarships for employees in college. The Institute also assists colleges, public and private employers, organized labor, professional associations, advocacy groups, community organizations, foundations and government agencies with worker education and career mentoring programs.

A complete description of the origins and work of the Institute can be found at