In 1995, PENCIL launched Principal for a Day®, an annual event designed to raise awareness about public education by having civic and business leaders serve as visiting principals in New York City schools. Twenty years later, PENCIL continues to connect expertise from the business community to build public school capacity and put students on the path to college and career success.
Business leaders in PENCIL’s network can deepen their impact by engaging in two core programs:
- The PENCIL School Partnership Program creates and supports partnerships between business and school leaders that leverage their collective energies to foster strong school leaders and prepare students for college and career success. PENCIL serves as a critical liaison in these partnerships, helping to recruit and match businesses with schools and providing hands-on support in the design, implementation, and evaluation of partnership activities.
- The PENCIL Internship Program is a competitive career readiness program for NYC high school juniors and seniors, as well as college students. PENCIL trains and places talented, high need students in internships in businesses throughout the city in order to provide deserving students with critical workplace experiences and skills. PENCIL provides training to both students and business volunteers to make sure that students can get the most from their internships. PENCIL is a provider for the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development’s Ladders for Leaders program.