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Have you been meaning to make a difference but haven't been able to figure out how? I have an idea while you're working on it.

Anne Bonfiglio is founder of Partnership for Student Advancement, a non-profit that helps high school students identify and pursue their true calling in work and life.

Why is her work so important?

Did you know that studies show over 70% of college graduates are not working in their chosen field of study? Did you also know that studies show over 70% of current workers are disengaged at work (meaning, they'd rather be doing something other than their job)?

Anne helps students start off on the right foot before college and before entering the workforce. Students must go through a rigorous application process to enter the program. They come out the other side knowing what they want to do and prepared to do it.

What's the rub?

Programs like this can't survive without the help of others -- that means you and me!

I've had the privilege of donating my time and expertise (and money) to her program. You can support it through a charitable, tax-deductible donation.

Help keep Anne's program alive. Help a student find the work that's right for them. That will make a difference in their life and in the lives of those they touch. And I'd venture to say, knowing you've made a difference in their lives will make a difference in your life, too.

Want to read more? See Anne's letter below...

psa logo.jpgPartnership for Student Advancement, Inc.

June 4, 2008

Dear Friend,

Our students tell the story. Ebony had expressed interest in a journalism career and her internship at Forbes Magazine cemented her vision. She will have to choose between Vassar and Bowdoin to study journalism. Renald thought the medical field was beckoning; he rethought his plans after an internship at a Harlem hospital visiting an operating room, then decided that accounting was a better choice.

As you are by now aware, it has been my privilege to devote the bulk of the last three years to instituting and running the Partnership for Student Advancement. This fall our very first graduates head to college. It is tremendously exciting to see my dream of supporting students-in-need on their path to college and career come so strongly and vigorously to life.

As we look ahead to the 2008-2009 academic year, the Partnership for Student Advancement will be taking steps to ramp-up and secure our even more success stories. We have instituted a capital campaign aimed at raising $40,000 -- the funds necessary for us to nearly double the size of our program with an additional group of students. I am writing to request your support for PSA and this campaign in the form of a tax-deductible donation.

If you are unfamiliar with the details of PSA’s accomplishments, let me assure you that our record of success, while brief, is very real. Program participants have all received aptitude testing from the Johnson O’Connor Research Foundation as well as personal coaching on careers that would be a good match for the strengths demonstrated by the test. Business training skills and workshops offered by a wide range of professionals offer real-world advice on the nuts-and-bolts of the business world from interview and resume skills to workplace behaviors and beyond. Hundreds of students joined our program participants at these classes offered at their school during the school day. In the past two years in partnership with Boy Scouts of America, we have allowed our students to get actual exposure to numerous professional opportunities with on-site career exploration classes held at more than 75 businesses and organizations. PSA’s program offerings will surely evolve with time. Our basic strategy of opening a world of opportunity to less-advantaged young people in New York City is working and will continue to work. In cooperation with their schools, our programs are helping these high school students see the way to a brighter and more successful future.

All of which brings me to the need to ask you to help us out this year with a tax-deductible donation to our capital campaign. I am hoping you will consider being a major sponsor of our campaign. Your donation in any amount is welcomed and greatly appreciated. With your help we can bring a better future to more and more of our young people -- what could be more important than that.

Thank you so much for your time and consideration. If you require any additional information about the Partnership, please don’t hesitate to let me know. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Otherwise, we thank you in advance for whatever support you can provide. 

Very truly yours,

Anne Bonfiglio
Executive Director
(212) 684-0281
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10 Park Avenue 7H
New York NY 10016

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Paul K. McGinniss, PCC RPCC SBL MSHR
Leadership Development & Executive Coach