General Assembly started in early 2011 as a small real estate venture for New York City's tech community. It has since grown into a global educational institution with fourteen campuses across four continents. Jake Schwartz, CEO and co-founder, explains how a $200,000 grant from NYCEDC was crucial in helping the company get its start.
On average, a high school student receives only 38 minutes of guidance or career counseling over their entire high school career. PENCIL works with educators and students across the five boroughs to help students develop the college and career readiness skills they need for a 21st century economy. Their big idea is to connect students to targeted college, career readiness, and youth development programs.