Welfare Rights Initiative
Celebrates Our 17th Cohort
WRI’s Annual Gala
Thursday, May 24, 2012 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
@ Hunter College West 8th Floor Faculty Dining Room
Honoring: Kathy Goldman, long-time community activist and founder of The Community Food Resource Center (CFRC);
Degna P. Levister, Clinical Law Professor and Supervising Attorney of Economic Justice Clinic, City University of New York School of Law;
Stephen Loffredo, Professor of Law and Supervising Attorney of Economic Justice Clinic, City University of New York School of Law;
Yvonne L. Moore, Executive Director, Daphne Foundation;
Cohort 17, Graduates of WRI’s one-year Community Leadership Program Fall 2011-Spring 2012.
Won’t you please support our mission to ensure access to education for all?
Every dollar raised sends a powerful message that poverty is simply not an option for our students. There are several meaningful ways to support WRI’s mission:
WRI is a nonprofit, student activist and leadership training organization located at Hunter College. For more information about Gala and other sponsorship opportunities, please contact Maureen Lane at (212) 650-3494 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT!
All donations are welcomed and tax-deductible to the extent of the law.
Please make checks payable to: The Research Foundation of CUNY for WRI.
Employer matching gifts are greatly appreciated!
We are the Welfare Rights Initiative.
Based at Hunter College in NYC, Welfare Rights Initiative (WRI) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving access to education as a steppingstone to life-changing opportunity. Each year, we assist hundreds of bright, ambitious, undergraduate students who are
striving for a better future despite the daily challenges caused by
Through academic courses, leadership training, legal assistance, policy education and advocacy, WRI’s participant-driven model builds essential skills and opens up personal advancement options for people on public assistance. Our staff and volunteers also collaborate with other activists, legislators and community leaders to defend and promote fair and just policies that remove potential barriers to education.
We invite you to meet some of our accomplished alumni and the next graduating class of WRI success stories. We hope you will join us on Thursday, May 24, 2012 for our Annual Gala to socialize, raise funds and honor our 17th student cohort as they celebrate completion of the one-year WRI Community Leadership Program. We are very proud to share this milestone event with you.
We believe no one should have to spend a lifetime clocking in and out of a dead-end, low-wage job. We also believe families on welfare shouldn’t have to choose between their survival and a chance to lift themselves and their children up to higher ground through higher education. Skills and credentials make all the difference. With your support, WRI is breaking the cycle of poverty, restoring hope, and expanding career options for hardworking people across New York City.
Did you know?
* 90% of CUNY Students on public assistance move out of poverty permanently after attaining a 4-year college degree.
* Since 1995, WRI has trained and supported 4,000+ high school and college students to help them know and understand their rights, gain access to vital resources, and focus on making higher education their ticket out of poverty.
* WRI Alumni are shining examples of what is possible through education. Many of our former students have beaten the odds and gone on to thriving careers in social services, law, medicine, education and community leadership. Others are busy pursuing graduate degrees. Members of our vibrant alumni network regularly, give back to the program as mentors, volunteers, advisors and staff members so others may learn from their positive journeys.