Manhattan, NY— Yesterday, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer held an Eid-al-Fitr Celebration. At the celebration, Khan Foundation Founder & Executive Director, Dr. Ivan Khan introduced the NYC Comptroller, commending him on his commitment to promoting New York City’s diversity as well as being an advocate for immigrants’ rights—issues that are important to KF and its mission.
Honorees at the event were Huda Quhshi and Fatoumata Waggeh. Huda Quhshi is a Yemini American Muslim makeup artist catering to women of all faiths, races, and ethnicities. Fatoumata Waggeh is Civic Organizer at African Communities Together. Fatoumata has worked to host college readiness workshops aimed at empowering young girls to pursue higher education and social justice activism.
Alongside Dr. Ivan Khan were KF teammates: Melissa Johnson, Program Director; Tanjirul Islam, Program Manager; Fernanda Gonzalez-Blanco, Social Media and Marketing Coordinator; and Sam Bacon, KF intern. Also in attendance was Reevu Islam, Khan’s Tutorial Director of Outreach.
Program Director Melissa Johnson shares her pride in the event: “As a Foundation we are delighted for the opportunity to stand with Comptroller Scott Stringer as he fiercely advocates for equality and opportunity for New York City residents especially those who are new immigrants, Muslims and those from undeserved communities. Additionally his efforts to champion initiatives, organizations and people that truly make a difference in the lives' of all New Yorkers is exactly what draws Khan Foundation to continue to support Comptroller Stringer as a true advocate for New York City and all vulnerable communities. Therefore his efforts to recognize two Muslim women's respective work to empower and uplift their religious, ethnic and cultural communities which in turn benefits the entire City, inspires the KF Operational Team to continue our work in youth education and career advancement on behalf of low-income and undocumented NYC high school students. Yesterday's event reminds us all that working to improve our communities with diverse members of our communities through small acts of good-will can generate powerful and positive impact for all”.
Dr. Ivan Khan, Founder & Executive Director of Khan Foundation notes that “It is an incredible honor to represent both Khan's Tutorial & Khan Foundation at Comptroller Scott Stringer's Eid celebrations. I have known Scott Stringer & his incredible team for several years & his work is critical to the prosperity of NYC's Muslim & minority communities. Education & Leadership are two items that the Comptroller's team & Khan's are united on. It would be wonderful to have more elected officials take on such a personalized approach to working with NYC's underserved groups”.
Khan Foundation NYC is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization that strives to enrich the lives of low-income or undocumented high school students and rising professionals through college and career readiness as well as youth leadership development. The College Access Program will re-launch in August 2017 to prepare another 40 students with college prep and career readiness mentoring.