Hellenic Hearts members gathered for a night of reflection at the Rolling Green Country Club on November 18, 2017. Led by president and board member John Aivazoglou, Esq., announcements were made about the upcoming spring fundraiser and the development of the Educational Program that was initiated two years ago. The Hellenic Hearts Educational Guidance Program is at the center of efforts to support the youth of the community. The program which is offered to Hellenic American youth through mentoring, networking, admissions counseling, and professionalism programs, has an ultimate goal of promoting higher education and increasing professional success.
On October 21, as a follow up to their inaugural Mentoring Event held this past April, the Hellenic Hearts Educational Guidance Program hosted its first College Admissions Workshop. The event was a great success and had over 60 attendees, which included high school juniors and seniors, parents, and volunteers. This event provided students with the opportunity to review their college applications/essays and gain the necessary insight to assist them in standing out from the crowd.
On October 21, the Hellenic Hearts Educational Guidance Program will be hosting a College Admissions Workshop for students in the process of preparing their college applications. The event, taking place at St. Luke Greek Orthodox Church, will provide participants assistance in two vital areas of the college application process: (1) college essay writing, and (2) college applications. On the day of the event, students who submitted an essay in advance will receive a one-on-one review of their essay.
The college tour season continues for the Hellenic Hearts 2017 Class with a visit to St. Joseph’s University. Considered one of the Philadelphia area’s smaller universities in student population, SJU is by no means a small campus. Students were treated to a one-hour campus tour, which included a visit to Hawk Hill and Hagan Arena, home of the university’s basketball team. In addition to learning about SJU’s rich history, students learned about the university’s career development programs, research and internship opportunities, small class sizes, advising system, and robust student life.
For its second volunteer event of the summer season, the Hellenic Hearts 2017 Class visited The Lansdowne Theater, joining the community in its restoration efforts. Operating as a single screen movie theater from 1927 to 1987, the Lansdowne Theater is one of last great Philadelphia-area theaters from the 1920s that remains largely unchanged. The historic theater will be converted into a major concert venue featuring musicians from around the world and available to local non-profit performing arts groups.
Last Friday, the Hellenic Hearts 2017 Class started its college tour season with a visit to Temple University. Students and parents were treated to a campus tour, which included visits to the university’s student center, business school, and technology center. After the tour, the group was given a presentation by the admissions office during which topics such as financial aid, admissions requirements, and tips on applying to Temple were addressed. The day ended with a Q&A session with current Temple students.
Hellenic Hearts Class of 2017 giving back to their community before they kick off their SAT Tutoring program. A great day for all that participated in assisting GROW Philly as they continue to provide healthy produce to those in need in Philadelphia.
“This event now gives us our sea legs to move forward and implement our crisis management system, scholarships, and begin funding our Educational Guidance program,” said John Aivazoglou, founder of the Hellenic Hearts nonprofit organization. It was the first ever Hellenic Hearts Invitational Golf Tournament, hosted at Waynesborough Country Club this past Monday and the organization’s friends and Greek community were in attendance.
Over the course of this summer, our students will be participating in community service initiatives, college tour visits, and taking an intensive SAT tutoring course provided by Princeton Review and sponsored by Hellenic Hearts.
“If you want to go fast - go alone. If you want to go far - take others,” said Catherine Avgeris, the keynote speaker and recently retired CFO of Comcast. Avgeris addressed the guests, parents, and students at the first ever Educational Guidance Program (EGP) sponsored by nonprofit Hellenic Hearts organization. The inspiring comment brought a hearty applause from the crowd and is arguably a motto that will come to represent Hellenic Hearts.
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