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Punching Through Barriers

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Help Tagai deliver the Knockout Punch in 2015!

Tagai is a small but energetic organization touching the lives of over 25 newly immigrated students at the International Community High Schools of New York. We have big dreams of expanding and providing this opportunity to more and more students every year. We are 100% volunteer run and are looking to our friends, family, and people we haven't even met yet to help us raise our goal of $15,000. Your gifts will help us to fund group events and offset the cost of one-on-one activities. As we have no staff or offices, our only operating costs directly involve our mentors and mentees.

Imagine you've just moved to New York City. Maybe you've moved from Bangladesh, maybe Cote d'Ivoire. Maybe even from somewhere geographically closer, say, the Dominican Republic. Regardless, you are new to this enormous city. The language is new, your neighbors are new, getting from place to place is new. It can be intimidating and frustrating and difficult.

But what if you got to know this new life through a friendship with a local? What if a program was in place at your school that paired you with an open-minded young New York professional who was just dying to show you the NYC ropes? Someone to teach you the subway, take you to the city's cultural institutions, share a slice of iconic NY pizza, and open your eyes to the depth of possibilities the city can offer.

We find that these friendships help Tagai participants quickly get on successful tracks. Students adjust to the city, work harder in school, and are given the opportunity to flourish in their new settings. We work together to help students find success in this new chapter in their lives.

You can be a part of their transformation.  Your gift of...

$25 buys a large pizza, which after an afternoon of iceskating (sometimes the first time ever iceskating) is a delicious treat.

$50 covers paints and brushes for group activities that encourage creativity and artistic expression.

$100 can help offset costs associated with specialized training aimed at mentor development.

$250 covers the subway passes to and from group events for all of the Tagai mentees. Becoming comfortable riding the subway helps our students lead more independent lives and enhances their New York City experience.

$1,000 could sponsor a group fitness activity, like the Beginner's Boxing Class we held in October.  The students got a great workout and had a blast at the same time.  Now it's your turn to deliver the knockout punch!

Please check if your company will match your donation to Tagai.  A useful resource can be found at Double The Donation

* Please note that Tagai is a 501c3 public charity and all donations are fully tax deductible

The Team: $6,715 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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112% Raised of $1,000 Goal

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