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Kaye Scholer Welcomes High School Students from Catalyst Network Foundation’s Summer...

August 8, 2016

Kaye Scholer Welcomes High School Students from Catalyst Network Foundation’s Summer Intensive Program


Catalyst Network Foundation—Summer Intensive Program

In partnership with the Catalyst Network Foundation (CNF), the Association of Black and Latino Attorneys at Kaye Scholer hosted a corporate tour for high school students in the Foundation's Summer Intensive Program within the firm’s New York office on July 29, 2016.  Associates Sharon Obialo and William Madden met with the students before the tour to get to know them and find out about their interests, and following a tour led by George Silva, several attorneys and staff joined the students for an intimate reception in the Café area. 

Students expressed that the program exposed them to jobs they “never knew existed” and introduced them to professionals who shared personal insights about the trajectory into their current positions. One student explained that the program gives the students a “real advantage” by granting them in-depth exposure to the potential careers available to them.

Students particularly appreciated the interior design of Kaye Scholer’s New York office, which they said made them feel "important." They also enjoyed the Moot Courtroom and the conference rooms, which they thought were vast and well-designed.

CNF's Summer Intensive Program for high school sophomores and juniors in New York City and Washington, DC is a fellowship whereby scholars tour corporate offices, pitch business ideas and develop professional skills.

More than 150 high school students have been admitted to the Fellowship Program and are CNF Fellows. The majority of the student participants are enrolled in Brooklyn-based CNP partnered high schools such as: Urban Assembly School for Criminal Justice; Achievement First; Urban Assembly of Law & Justice; and Medgar Evers.

The students participate in the program for unique exposure to a variety of career paths. The program organizes an average of two tours per week, granting students the opportunity to network and meet employees from a multitude of industries.

The Catalyst Network Foundation Inc. is a nonprofit education initiative organization based in New York City and Washington, DC. Through CNF’s Mentorship Program, fellowship scholars are paired with a mentor who is a trailblazer in the career field the fellows aspire to pursue. Founded in 2011, CNF is focused on life enrichment and professional development, with a mission to engage high-potential youth and veterans with successful projects by providing the proper tools, networking and development opportunities.

Catalyst Network Foundation Tours Kaye Scholer's New York Office

» Learn more about the Catalyst Network Foundation.

» View more photos from the tour on CNF's Facebook page.


William Madden
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Sharon Shimite Obialo
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