Project REACH Student Achievers


REACH Student Awarded Matthew Goldstein Scholarship

Monique Charles, a student registered with Brooklyn College’s Project REACH mini-grant project, has been awarded The Matthew Goldstein Scholarship not just for her academic achievement but steadfast persistence, dedication, and motivation at Brooklyn College and university wide. Her major is Children and Youth Studies. Her goal is to work with individuals with special needs after graduating.  She is not only a great student, she is active in student life as well. She is the secretary-elect of SOFEDUP (Student Organization for Every Disability United for Progress). This organization is the oldest student disability organization in CUNY with a rich history of advocating for students with disabilities. Please join us in congratulating Monique for winning the Matthew Goldstein Scholarship for students with disabilities!

Jennie Eagle

Jennie was the president of the Achilles Club (the club for twice-exceptional students at Nassau Community College).  She performed with The Third Street Music School settlement, and was a member of the campus chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. She won the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence shortly before attending Brooklyn College, where she went on to win the Department of Modern Languages and Literature Annual Award in German!

Two students attend premiere employment program

Two of our Project REACH students were recently accepted into the ASTEP/ Corporate Lecture Series (Asperger’s Syndrome Training and Employment Partnership) program for the 2013-2014 academic year. ASTEP is an organization that creates and supports programs that promote long-term employment for people with Asperger’s Syndrome. These two students were selected for the Corporate Lecture Series, a competitive program in which students attend presentations from a series of fortune 1000 companies and then network with them afterwards. This program gives our students a unique opportunity to meet corporate executives, market their resumes, and possibly gain employment with one of the participating companies.

lightsout Paul Borri says Lights Out!

From his home in Manhattan’s financial district, BMCC student Paul Borri couldn't help noticing that the lights in nearby commercial buildings burned bright 24 hours a day—even when the buildings were locked, unoccupied and unused. "This was a ridiculous waste of electricity as well as a cause of light pollution, which is harmful to people and wildlife,” he says. “So I decided to do something about it.” Borri drew up a petition, collected 45 signatures from neighbors, and presented his case at a meeting of Community Board 1. In its resolution, the Board urged the City Council “to look into the feasibility of the creation of standards and regulations pertaining to commercial light pollution.” It also requested that “our State and Federal representatives tighten the environmental standards for commercial light emissions.”  The resolution passed by a 35-0 vote. Borri, who has been diagnosed with a developmental disorder, is an active member of Beyond the Limits, a BMCC club for students with disabilities and those interested in disability issues. He is also involved with the CUNY Coalition for Students with Disabilities (CCSD). read more