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by Peter Knegt
November 18, 2010 2:07 AM
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Education Doc "The Lottery" Partners WIth "New York Needs You"

A scene from "The Lottery."

Education documentary "The Lottery" has partnered with New York Needs You for the Donation Challenge to raise funds for career development for first-generation college students. New York Needs You is a mentoring program that closes the opportunity gap through an intensive career development and leadership training program, enabling high-potential, first-generation college students to realize their career aspirations. NYNY recruits students in their freshman and sophomore years for the intensive 2-year program that includes bi-weekly career workshops with mentor-coach volunteers and community and business leaders. For each new 'Like' that "The Lottery" Facebook page receives before November 29, $1 will be donated to New York Needs You.

Nicole Lindsay, executive director of New York Needs You, said in a statement: "We are extremely proud to partner with The Lottery for the Donation Challenge. 'The Lottery' is an amazing film that raises awareness about the challenges we currently face in improving public education for all children, and also drives people to take action and make an indelible change in the lives of children. New York Needs You delivers mentorship and guidance to first-generation college students and helps present opportunities for students to achieve their dreams. The Lottery supports this by helping our students gain the tools to succeed."

"The goal of The Lottery was to help give a voice to families who are most affected by the lack of great options for their children's education, and at the same time are so rarely included in the debate over public education," said Madeleine Sackler, director of 'The Lottery,' in a statement. "Partnering with New York Needs You helps make that dream into a reality. The organization is committed to serving the community and improving the educational opportunities for young people. I am grateful that we have this opportunity to help make a difference together."

'Like' "The Lottery" at www.facebook.com/thelottery.

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2 Comments

  • Bob W. | November 19, 2010 8:24 AMReply

    I'm so glad to see that this movie is not only educating viewers on the sad state of affairs of the education system, but also that they are actually doing something about it! And congrats on making the Oscar shortlist!

    I'm wondering, from those who saw the film, what did you take to be the "next step" in facing this issue?

  • Melissa K | November 18, 2010 6:43 AMReply

    What a strong and powerful initiative by The Lottery crew. I love to see film's that use their power to help others.

    Really liked this exclusive clip from the film on Huffington Post:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/madeleine-sackler/post_1208_b_778627.html