Urban Humanitarian Projects (UHP) Hosts Awareness Event in New York City with Local Celebrities

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UHP, a nonprofit organization run by medical students, hosted their first awareness/fundraising event on Friday, May 27 to draw attention to their new high school mentorship program called GURUS Project. Hollie Howard, the creator of The Broadway Dolls, and Ms. New York Belleza Latina 2011, Helen Troncoso were present among the 300 guests who attended the event.

According to the latest statistics, nearly one-third of America’s high school students won’t graduate on time. Urban Humanitarian Projects, in partnership with the New York City Department of Education, plans to tackle this issue with a new mentorship program, the GURUS Project. The mentorship program, which is planned to launch this fall, will pair high school students with third and fourth year medical students. The event held at Aspen Social Club on Friday, May 27th focused on raising awareness and raising funds for the program.

Aspen Social Club in Midtown, New York City was filled with UHP supporters and their friends. Many of the guests were graduate students who were attending universities in the New York/New Jersey area. Many of the guests took the opportunity to learn more about the new program and expressed interest in becoming mentors.

GURUS Project, which stands for Guidance, Unity, & Resources for Urban Success, is being organized by UHP in response to the rising rate of high school dropouts. The mentorship program will focus on creating strong relationship between the mentors and mentees through a careful matching process and a series of challenges designed to engage young students in their community. The goal of the program is to ensure every mentee graduates on time and pursue higher education.

There were several celebrity guests at this event, including Broadway star Ms. Hollie Howard, who has appeared in the original casts of Hairspray, Mamma Mia! and Annie Get Your Gun with Reba McEntire. “This is a wonderful new program and I am glad to be at this event to support this organization,” said Ms. Howard. She and her colleagues spent most of the night interacting with the guests and UHP team members.

Ms. New York Belleza Latina 2011, Helen Troncoso was also present throughout the night. Ms. Troncoso, being very active in several charitable projects herself, expressed interest in UHP and the GURUS program.

UHP has several additional fundraising events planned for the next few months, including a citywide scavenger hunt. They are currently searching for local businesses and nonprofit organizations who are interested in partnering with them to help the program grow.

About Urban Humanitarian Projects:
Urban Humanitarian Projects (UHP) is a non-profit organization founded by medical students with the goal of improving education, health, and general well-being in urban communities. Since being founded in September 2010, UHP has raised over $70,000 for charitable projects, including $30,000 for Doctors Without Borders. UHP’s Wii Olympics fundraiser is featured on the Doctors without Borders website as a creative fundraising idea to inspire others. For more information on the Urban Humanitarian Projects or to become a sponsor, please visit http://www.uhp.org.

Urban Humanitarian Projects
Monica Choi
Media Relations
805-973-7663
monica(at)uhp(dot)org

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