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Karim Abouelnaga -Impacting The Next Generation

Updated on October 15, 2017

Karim Abouelnaga

Who's That?

Who is Karim Abouelnaga?

Greater New York City Area - ‎CEO at Practice Makes Perfect | Millennial Entrepreneur | Education Advocate | Keynote Speaker - ‎Practice Makes Perfect, Inc.

I came across information about Karim Abouelnaga, I was impressed by his daily actions, work ethic, and commitment to achieving success with his business. His business involves commitment to making change that benefit children aiding in their future educational success.


More about the man

  • Karim is the founder & CEO of Practice Makes Perfect a Benefit Corporation that partners with K-12 schools to deliver high quality, academic summer programs. He received over a quarter million dollars in scholarships to make his education possible. Karim founded PMP at 18, writes for Entrepreneur and Forbes, is a TED Fellow, Echoing Green Fellow, Global Good Fellow, Global Shaper, at 23 was named to Forbes’ 30 under 30 list in Education, and at 24 was named to Magic Johnson’s 32 under 32 list. In 2016, he was ranked in the top 5 most powerful young entrepreneurs under 25 in the world by Richtopia. Karim graduated from Cornell University in 2013 and is currently pursuing a Masters in Education Policy at Columbia University.

Karim, a name that means generous or noble, certainly fits the actions of this young entrepreneur. He’s determined to provide kids with the opportunity to have access to high-quality summer programs. The Queens, NY resident caught the attention of both Forbes and Entrepreneur regarding his mission. His mission, redefining the summer learning opportunities and experiences of youth facing economic challenges in life. His organization matches students struggling academically primarily in elementary and middle school (some older) with higher achieving mentor peers from the same inner-city communities.

His family immigrated to the United States from Egypt. At the age of 15 his father succumbed to lymphoma. During this time his brother stepped up to try and support the family. When he was in high-school he had the opportunity to participate in a program called REACH which provided financial assistance for low-income students to take advance placement courses. He later graduated from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration. In 2013 he earned a global fellowship in recognition for his work “Practice Makes Perfect” by Echoing Green, a philanthropic non-profit that invests in social programs.

The Beauty Of This Program

The beauty of such a program has several powerful opportunities for those participating to experience success.

This program teaches those that have achieved they have a responsibility to help others to do the same-play it forward. How powerful is it for the person helping to know that they are playing a positive role in the success of fellow students? Such activities could make a positive impact to reduce the school to prison pipeline by opening students to more opportunities through education. Prior studies revealed by the Bureau of Justice Statistics approximately 68% of inmates do not have a high school diploma.

The program is a great opportunity for students to feel more comfortable learning from peer mentors which would allow students to relate to peers in a way an adult mentor might not. Peer mentoring most likely results in more open dialogue with those that share similar environmental factors and are of similar generation. It’s probably much easier to tell a person closer to your age that you fail to comprehend rather than a person that one might feel may not connect with your generation. How powerful to learn from people that know and understand you?

Community. Remember when community existed? A cousin or an aunt might help you with your homework or other obstacles. You didn’t just step over those who didn’t “get it” and move on with your own success. What a powerful notion to help someone that is similar to you which garnishes more compassion for the members of your community. Everyone deserves to be seen, heard, and not forgotten.

Karim Abouelnaga - Making His Life Count

The founder, Karim Abouelnaga, is playing forward his compassion and love for others. He’s remembering and honoring his situation by doing something to help others. He’s an entrepreneur, taking his educational background and using it to establish an organization dedicated to making an impact on the lives of others. His daily routine is an inspiration to those that want a blueprint to what it takes to be an entrepreneur-work ethic, focus, dedication, passion, and moving in a direction that renders success. If this millennial is accomplishing this at the age of 25, I wonder what he’ll accomplish at the age of 30? I hope his story is an inspiration to all about making your life court and engaging your passion in a way that allows you to obtain success.


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