PUMP Initiative is committed to enriching the lives of at-need mentees through robust mentorship composed of academic assistance, career guidance, and skill-building workshops. Our decentralized approach to education allows us to bring this opportunity to every community with willing representatives that will help us organize the resources we need.
PUMP Initiative (PUMPIn) was born from a collaboration of the founders of PopUpMentorshiP (PUMP, the parent company) and committed leaders of various communities with the goal of providing quality education for free for students in need. In the summer of 2018, PUMP led two free courses in Elmhurst, Queens, where we provided free SAT and SHSAT education as a project to give back in our community. By the end of the summer, our project drew the attention of Atiba Cumberbatch, Alicia Barksdale, and Evan Miller, who graciously invited us to attempt something similar in West Harlem. After weekly meetings to understand the needs of the community and organize our aim, we established our organization and our first official program: PUMPIn Harlem. As a team, we recruited space, classroom resources and thousands of printed pages to prepare a nine-week prep program from the end of January through March. This summer, we plan on coming back to Elmhurst, Queens, and are working on projects to continue our initiatives in both our Queens and our Harlem communities.
We are continuously improving our approach to this mission and will grow to other communities with collaborators that will help bring our services to their neighborhoods. By the end of 2019, we are projecting a total of five full courses in two different boroughs to reach 150 students. In 2020, we hope to double our reach.