A special note from Tenzin…

One of our students sent me this note the other day.  It was so beautifully composed and such a thoughtful letter, that I couldn’t help but share it with all of you…

“I am very fortunate, besieged, excited, ready, and slightly nervous to start my senior year at Washington Irving High School. I would like to thank everyone who has generously and thoughtfully been with me until now. I am so excited to apply to colleges and I am hoping for the best results. Knowing that Stride is supporting me is a great feeling to discover many more opportunities and continue what I have accomplished these past years.” – Tenzin


Hooray! Summer is Over!

We know that is not what you were probably thinking, but on Thursday, September 8, a new school year will begin for New York City students and we could not be more excited. There will be new opportunities to learn, grow, and have fun for students all over the five boroughs. For Tenzin and Alejandra, who comprise Stride’s founding class, it will be their final year at Washington Irving High School as they prepare to go to college next fall.

“OMG!  It feels like just yesterday that I was walking into W.I.H.S and now its my last year…  I’m so excited for my Senior year!” – Alejandra

“It’s amazing that I am a Senior this year.  I can’t wait to see what this year brings and I’m excited to apply to college!” – Tenzin

This is an exciting time for Stride as well. It seems like just yesterday that we were filling out paperwork to become a 501(c)3 and taking our first steps as an organization by awarding Alejandra and Tenzin the very first scholarships in our history. They were only freshmen then, but now they are seniors and we are incredibly proud of their accomplishments. Both have grown so much as students, as members of the community, and as people over the past few years.

Stride has grown too. We currently have six board members dedicated to strengthening our organization, mentors for each student, and a brand new website. As the new school year begins, we are incredibly excited about what the future holds.

We believe we can help improve the graduation rate in New York City pubic schools by awarding scholarships during the freshmen year and allowing students to focus on their studies secure in the knowledge that their hard work will pay off upon graduation. We are proud to have the faculty and staff of Washington Irving High School as our partners.

Of course, we wouldn’t be where we are today without the help and support of many of you. Your contributions have made a tremendous impact on the future of these students and our organization. We can’t thank you enough for all you have done.

This year we will begin preparing for a new class of Stride scholarship students and we need your help spreading the word.  Make sure to visit our Facebook page for news and updates, and follow us on Twitter. As always, we hope to see you at our annual fundraiser, but contributions can also be made anytime in the Donate section of the website.

Thank you for your continued support,


The Stride Team

Missed the event last night?

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Announcing Our Silent Auction…

As if you didn’t have enough reason to come out and support STRIDE this Sunday at The Soho House…

Here’s a taste of what to expect at this year’s silent auction!

Jewelry from the most fabulous shop on wheels The Style Liner

Hair cut with incredible stylist Patrick Ferarra at Garren Salon

Ice Cream of the Month Club homemade by your favorite guys from GlaceBar

Makeup Application and Eyebrow Styling by Amy Kernahan

Bath Products from The Sideshow Soap Co.

Gift Certificate to Mercat, where they serve up the finest Catalan Cuisine in Soho

2 Theater Tickets to the Vineyard Theater

Facial by Ronni Kolotkin Electrolysis

Mixed case of wine from Yarden importers




What are We Doing?

Helping at-risk youths see the value in education by awarding college scholarships in the Freshman year

How does it Work?

The students are required to give back to their communities, school, and peers by voluteering, and maintaining a exemplary grade-point average. We show them the opportunity, they have to grasp it.

How are We Doing?

We have 2 students in the program currently – graduating in 2013! We are looking to take on our next class this year – and we need your help to do it.

Give a student the opportunity that they wouldn’t otherwise have – help NYC schools, and enrich the lives of this hard-working youth

Open-Bar Cocktails followed by a private screening of the groundbreaking documentary:

“Waiting For Superman”

from  ”An Inconvenient Truth” director, Davis Guggenheim


5pm – Doors open at the Soho House

7pm – Exclusive screening of “Waiting For Superman”


Debut of STRIDE’S new website!

Silent Auction for Scholarships!

Meet and Greet with Stride students!



Join us at The Soho House on January 30th, 2011 at 5pm

Click HERE to purchase your tickets!


STRIDE is a high school scholarship program concept conceived by Chloe Kaplan Hall in 2007. Fully aware of the disconnect between students in urban high schools and their understanding of the future awaiting them in college, Chloe developed a program that would not only support students’ efforts to successfully complete high school, but also assist them in being able to attain college degrees.

2008 proved to be a big year for Stride. Chloe welcomed friend and fellow New Yorker, Sabina Breece, to the project and together they were able to grow Stride to the burgeoning non-profit that exists today.  Over the course of that year, the girls teamed up with Washington Irving Public High School in NYC’s Union Square to recruit the first class of students.  Additionally, Chloe and Sabina worked tirelessly to compile all the forms and documents necessary to not only incorporate Stride but to get 501c3 status – making Stride a legitimate not for profit foundation just as the year came to a close.

In the winter of 2009, Stride Leadership and Washington Irving High School faculty selected the very first class of students into the program; two high school freshman students with incredible drive and promise.

Today, Stride boasts a dedicated board of six dynamic individuals, all of whom works diligently to engage and educate the community in efforts to raise funds for future students.