Mentors on the M.O.V.E.

Baruch College graduates Maritza Alarcon ‘07, Christofer Garner ‘07, and Darren Smith ‘06 were among a team of young entrepreneurs that launched Motivation Opportunity Viability Enterprise Inc, otherwise known as MOVE Inc.


M.O.V.E. is helping inner city high school students who have the potential but need the extra impulse to brighten up their future and create opportunity for themselves.


A team that includes several SVMP alumni founded M.O.V.E. Inc., a not-for-profit organization with the goal of improving college matriculation rates at low performing New York City public high schools which have one of the three lowest graduation rates in the country. From the select few students who actually do graduate, only 32% are even college ready.


The M.O.V.E. Program aims to address these issues through a mentoring curriculum guiding students from 10th grade through acceptance into a fouryear university.


M.O.V.E. mentors are successful and altruistic recent college graduates residing in the NYC metropolitan area. Their mentees (10-12th grade) are from Martin Luther King High School (by Lincoln Square).


Currently, M.O.V.E. Inc. is looking to broaden its organization base through the SVMP network. They welcome all SVMP alumni to get involved, especially alumni in philanthropy or who have funding experience to provide feedback about the program.


For recent alumni, they are currently recruiting mentors and monthly volunteers for our Saturday events beginning this upcoming fall. The M.O.V.E. team is extremely excited about the prospects of this program.


“We are in a unique position of privilege where we have the opportunity to make a difference. We truly believe that united, we can bring about the change that our younger brothers and sisters so urgently need.”

– M.O.V.E. Executive Board


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