BCC NYPIRG Students Making Prom Dreams Come True

Bronx, NY – Project Prom is under way, and students at Bronx Community College are taking the lead.

Students volunteering with the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) Chapter at Bronx Community College are collecting new and gently-used prom dresses for less-fortunate girls of the Bronx as part of their ongoing Hunger and Homeless Campaign.

The drive will provide the young women of University Heights high school located on the Bronx Community College campus, with the opportunity to attend their Senior Prom wearing a donated dress. Bronx Community College is located at West 181st Street & University Avenue.

NYPIRG members recognize the special memories created at Prom and the importance of ending the year with a celebration — a party everyone should be able to attend without the burden of a costly price tag. Who said fairytales can’t come true?

The New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) is the state’s largest student-directed, not-for-profit group that focuses on consumer, environmental and government reform. NYPIRG chapters are located on 21 college campuses across the state where full-time staff along with a large core of student volunteers work on projects that both support NYPIRG’s statewide agenda as well as numerous local issues.

Students in the BCC NYPIRG chapter have been working hard to promote the event through class talks, the campus newsletter and numerous hand-made signs posted on virtually every available bulletin board on campus. In order to maximize results, they also posted an ad on the popular Web site, Craigslist.org.
The response has been overwhelming. In just a couple of weeks, the chapter has collected 12 prom dresses and several phone calls from interested donors from Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, New Jersey, and Westchester.

Students will continue to collect donations of new and gently-used dresses, shoes and handbags until the end of April.

For more information on this event, please contact Bronx Community College NYPIRG Project Coordinator, Jeni Asaba, at (718) 289-5409 / jasaba@nypirg.org

On May 10th, some young women will not only make a glowing entrance into their senior prom, but they will also make a lasting statement — dreams can come true when people show they care.

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Bronx Community College (BCC) of The City University of New York celebrates its 50th anniversary of service to students in New York City in 2007. Over the past five years, enrollment has increased 20 per cent to an 8,900 student body, reflecting the reliance of the surrounding communities on it as a pathway to a better life.

BCC students from over 109 nations receive an excellent preparation to go on to four-year colleges or to advance into successful vocational careers. Programs offered at BCC include Digital Arts, Computer Information Systems, Education Associate, Nursing, Nuclear Medicine Technology, RadiologicTechnology, Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology, Electronic Engineering Technology, Marketing, Accounting, Human Services, Media Technology and Paralegal Studies.

The College is home to initiatives not commonly associated with two-year institutions, such as the Center for Sustainable Energy, which promotes the use of renewable and efficient energy technologies in urban communities. The National Center for Educational Alliances (NCEA) is currently collaborating with South African Further Education and Training Colleges and universities to create linkages between these institutions. NCEA also coordinates the College’s international initiatives as well as the recently concluded International Education Week November 13-17.

The Center has also facilitated a campus-wide effort to create BCC’s Center for Tolerance and Understanding. The Center for Teaching Excellence offers faculty development to promote student achievement and to stimulate discussions to keep the teaching and learning process vital and dynamic. Take a look at BCC’s website at www.bcc.cuny.edu