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NYPA to Sponsor Career Day for Students at Ossining High School

Sobeida Cruz

March 16, 2006

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                       

White Plains—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) will sponsor and host a seminar on Monday, March 20, on role models and leadership for 20 African American students from Ossining High School in Westchester County.  The students are participating in the school’s Project Earthquake program.  

This is the first year NYPA is partnering with Project Earthquake, which will offers young African American males a glimpse of different types of professions, including marketing, public relations and accounting.

“These young men are at risk students that can greatly benefit from career events like this one where they receive tangible advice from African American men with established careers, “said Martin McDonald, Project Earthquake program coordinator.  “It adds a sense of attainability and promise to their future, and we thank the Power Authority and its employees for their support and guidance.”

Project Earthquake coordinates programs for young men through workshops, meetings and mentoring.

Chris Copeland, one of the speakers, is an account executive in NYPA’s Marketing and Economic Development unit at NYPA’s White Plains office. He is working closely with the NYPA’s Westchester government customers, including the County of Westchester and is also a resident of Ossining.

“I am delighted to be able to reach out and work with youngsters and share some of the formative experiences I’ve had over the years including graduating from Morehouse College in Atlanta,” said Copeland. “Hopefully we will reinforce the importance of college and will be able to give them an awareness of the many professions available to them.”

NYPA employees will speak to the students, take questions and they will conduct a mock session of the board meeting. They will end their afternoon viewing NYPA’s electric vehicle fleet.

Over the years, NYPA’s employees have served as mentors at nearby schools.  In  November, NYPA was recognized by the White Plains Youth Bureau for all its work with the city’s youth.

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■    NYPA uses no tax money or state credit.  It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity.  ■    NYPA is a leader in promoting energy-efficiency, new energy technologies and electric transportation initiatives.  ■    It is the nation’s largest state-owned electric utility, with 18 generating plants in various parts of the state and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines.

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