May 29, 2013 | Student Feature
First-year students Maria Lissete Estrada and Khalifa Ndiaye were accepted for the highly-selective New York Needs You (NYNY) Fellowship Program. The Fellows Program is an intensive mentoring and training program for first-generation college students to help them select, secure, and succeed in their careers. NYNY Fellows earn a $2,500 professional development grant, participate in two summer internships at prestigious companies and organizations, receive individualized support from a Mentor Coach and other in-kind services and products including free business attire, free writing and ESL support, subsidized test preparation and opportunities to network with leading industry professionals.
Maria Lissete Estrada is a dedicated student who has embraced all the opportunities the college offers. A student leader in many activities, she represented the College at the MSNBC Town Hall meeting, “Education Nation,” where students were invited to discuss the issues affecting them and their proposed solutions. Maria was also one of 20 students from the college selected to be part of the Mobilizer Academy inaugural class—a twelve-month virtual and in-person program to equip millennials across the country with the skills and resources necessary to realize their leadership potential and to create and implement successful social ventures, focused on addressing an unmet community need. On track to earn her Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences in 2014, Maria lives by a strong work ethic: “If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. It’s the hard work that makes it great.” She knows hard work pays off and strives for the best.
Khalifa Ndiaye continues to utilize his leadership skills gained from his pervious experience as president of his high school student council to contribute to campus events and his community. Khalifa currently volunteers with the National Coalition of Concerned Legal Professionals, an independent all volunteer association dedicated to promoting access to legal resources for individuals who cannot afford legal services and are denied due process. Most recently, as part of NCC Community Days, he volunteered to help adults improve their language skills at the Arab American Family Support Center, an organization that provides comprehensive social services to Arab-American immigrant families in New York City. Khalifa intends to earn an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences and is planning to transfer to City College to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in science.
About New York Needs You
New York Needs You aims to build a movement of like-minded individuals who believe that one day there will be no barriers to economic mobility for students with ambition and ability. By mobilizing, training, supporting and rewarding volunteers we will ensure that students from low-income backgrounds attending under-resourced colleges have the support, information and access necessary to realize their career aspirations. For more information about the Fellowship Program, visit New York Needs You.