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We connect leaders.We connect committed and creative business leaders with knowledgeable and pioneering principals to develop effective school-wide programs.

We provide comprehensive support. PENCIL provides resources and tools to business-school teams ranging from orientations and workshops to one-on-one technical support and strategic planning assistance.

We make giving easy. PENCIL streamlines donations to channel financial gifts and products to deserving schools and we help individuals and corporations track and monitor how their dollars are used.

We create long-term success. We know it takes the commitment of all of us over time to effectively improve public schools. That's why PENCIL focuses on supporting business-school relationships that go beyond a day and last throughout the year.


Public education in New York City faces a historic moment of opportunity. With the constant push for higher educational standards, tougher student assessments and the most competitive job market in American history, we must harness the talent, skills and resources of all sectors to improve public schools and proactively develop our nation's future talent.


PENCIL works at the intersection of school needs and business expertise to bring together the best ideas, talent, and resources across sectors to improve public school and student performance and enhance workforce pathways.

PENCIL School Partnerships help students transition successfully from in-school educational experiences to careers outside of the classroom.

Business volunteers use their skills and expertise to help students:

  • Increase knowledge of college and career pathways

  • Enhance professional "hard" and "soft" skills

  • Increase social capital and confidence interacting in professional settings

Example Partnership Focuses

  • Project Based Partnership: Students and volunteers work on ongoing projects with a culminating presentation at the conclusion of the year.

  • “Anatomy of a Business” Partnership: Students participate in workshops that increase knowledge of the specific industry in which volunteers work. Workshops may include a speaker series, and field trips to company offices.

  • College and Career Readiness Focused Partnership: Workshops focus on preparing students for post-secondary success with topics on networking, personal brand, business etiquette, and mock interviews.


Type(s) of Mentoring





The Team: One Business Champion to recruit and retain volunteers & liaise with PENCIL. Two business volunteers minimum.

The Students: K-12 students at public schools in PENCIL’s network. PENCIL vets each school carefully, identifying true school need capacity for engagement, a process that allows PENCIL to match each school with the best business partner.

The Time: Minimum of 5 sessions per year facilitated by volunteers at the participating school or your offices .

Investment: Sponsorship starts at $15,000 for a school year partnership and supports anticipated PENCIL staff time and resources necessary to achieve the volunteer opportunity's goals.

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Mariel Zelhart
Senior Manager of Corporate & Foundation Relations
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