New York, NY – Working in Support of Education (w!se) is pleased to announce it has received a generous grant from Con Edison’s Strategic Partnerships program to support Engineered Green Economics (EGE) at the w!se Institute for the 2016-2017 academic year.

EGE will teach students about the interdependence of economics/business, science, technology, and the environment and will be comprised of seminars taught by volunteers from industry such as social entrepreneurs, scientists and economists. Students will learn about the role businesses play in sustainability and the growth of jobs in green businesses.

The w!se Institute is w!se’s signature college and career initiative seamlessly integrated at the High School of Economics & Finance (HSEF) in lower Manhattan. The Institute offers students four years of structured learning opportunities. Students are required to take up to 12 seminars with industry professionals; conduct community service; and complete internships. Students, with access to the business world, role-models, as well as broad knowledge in arts, humanities and now science, will have a strong foundation for the future.

“The w!se Institute has identified STEM as a need at HSEF to prepare students for college and careers as well as to foster environmental and social consciousness,” said w!se President & CEO Phyllis Frankfort Perillo. “We are very grateful to Con Edison for their support.”

“Con Edison is proud to sponsor w!se as it helps to develop young minds,” said Walter Shay, Con Edison Corporate Affairs Manager. “These are real hands-on courses and internships focused on STEM and its importance now and in the future.”

Since 1993, the w!se Institute has impacted the lives of 18,000 students (based on yearly participation), contributing to the High School’s 83 percent college retention rate in 2013 that was well above the New York City average.

About Con Edison

Con Edison supports hundreds of nonprofit organizations in New York City and Westchester County to strengthen neighborhoods, sustain communities and improve lives. These philanthropic efforts support the arts, environment, and important educational initiatives in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Many of Con Edison’s 14,000 employees share a personal commitment to the region’s vitality through their own volunteer efforts and also choose to support education by utilizing the company’s matching gifts program.

About w!se

Working in Support of Education (W!SE) is a leading educational nonprofit based in New York City with a mission to improve the lives of young people and at-risk adults through programs that develop financial literacy and readiness for college and the workforce. Our initiatives are built on the five pillars of relevancy, real-world experiences, strong partnerships, volunteerism and assessment. Follow w!se on Facebook and Twitter @wisenewyork. Media Contact: Steven Appel at

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