Some commitments have a ripple effect. Such is the case with the ACE Mentor Program, a not-for-profit organization where professionals mentor New York City high school students in preparation for careers in design and construction. HAKS has been a long-time supporter of the program, with individual employees volunteering as mentors. This year, we are proud to have formed our own mentoring team and are eager to share our industry knowledge with deserving students in the Greater New York City area.
Founded in New York City in 1995, ACE is the fastest-growing mentoring program in the building industry, operating in more than 40 states and 200 cities across the nation. ACE New York is made up of more than 30 teams, over 100 firms and more than 700 students in New York City, Long Island and Westchester.
Our volunteers will be presenting industry overviews, assigning skill-building activities and guiding the students as they develop projects under real-life conditions, including tours of construction sites and client presentations.
We have assembled a HAKS team of 12 mentors from various disciplines led by Nicholas Dandolos and Khaled Husein, Vice Presidents in our Construction Management department. We are partnering with the Bronx Design and Construction Academy, and have 25 BDCA students on our team. Our first meeting was held on November 10 at our corporate headquarters at 40 Wall Street. Mentors and students will meet for two hours for 16 weeks throughout the school year.
In addition to acquiring new skills, outstanding seniors are eligible for ACE scholarships that provide some financial support while in college, and students make valuable industry contacts for future employment.
While HAKS’ commitment to the ACE Mentor Program is rewarding in itself, it is also an investment in our industry that will reap rewards well into the future.