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The Harris Foundation's New Look

8/11/2010 9:33 AM - Bernard Harris

As part of the Harris Foundation’s latest evolution, we are excited to announce the launch of our redesigned website and social media tools.  We are doing this so we can better share news and information about our programs with you.  As we grow, we want to make sure that our loyal community has the tools necessary to stay connected and help us promote our three pillars of excellence—education, health and wealth.

In 1998, I started the Harris Foundation with our education program, Dare to Dream, a character education program in local elementary schools. We began by implementing the program in ten schools serving 250 students, and now THF is reaching over 50,000 direct student participants each year in four STEM-focused education programs, including Dare to Dream, the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp, the DREAM Tour, and the Council of Great City Schools Math and Science Scholarships  – and even more through our social media and online curriculum tools.

We engage all students, with a particular focus on economically and/or socially disadvantaged youth, and want to help students recognize their potential and pursue their dreams. THF believes that all students and communities should be prepared for a world of infinite possibilities.

In addition, you will be able follow the activity of our latest partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Community Health Leaders program, which each year honors 10 outstanding and otherwise unrecognized individuals who overcome daunting odds to expand access to health care and social services to underserved populations in communities across the United States. The program aims to elevate the work of these unsung heroes through enhanced recognition, technical assistance and leadership development opportunities. We are also targeting disadvantaged and underrepresented groups, encouraging them to pursue health careers and aspire to top-level positions within those fields.

The work of the Harris Foundation is continuing to expand, and our goal is to be a catalyst for change by investing in community-based initiatives that will empower individuals. We believe in public-private partnerships to create opportunities as evidenced by our relationships with ExxonMobil, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, NASA and others.

We hope that you will find our new website to be a resource to you as you learn more about our programming and upcoming events. Some of the features of our new site include:

• Interactive program maps
• Updated pictures, videos and news
• Direct social media links – connect with us on Twitter, FacebookLinkedIn and YouTube
 Our THF blog  that highlights the important aspects and issues of education, health and wealth, including editorials from community leaders and comments from our program directors about the ongoing program activities
• A THF Newsletter sign up – stay informed on upcoming events!

Thank you for your continued support of THF – we hope to hear from you and/or see you at an event in a city near you soon!

~Dr. Bernard A. Harris, Jr.

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