An evening filled with entertainment, art, technology, and storytelling with the goal of raising funds for children in other countries. This year marks the eleventh anniversary of Pencils of Promise (PoP) and their event entitled Pencils of Promise Gala: An Evolution Within. One woman behind this month’s upcoming celebration is Tanya Ramos, CEO of the organization.
Showbiz Cheat Sheet caught up with Tanya Ramos to discuss her work with this nonprofit. Here’s what she had to say of this year’s Gala honorees, including Trevor Noah, Lil Jon, and Karmagawa.
Pencils of Promise is a nonprofit organization providing children with education opportunities
According to the Global Education Monitoring Report Team, 250 million children of primary school age lack basic reading, writing, and math skills. One nonprofit organization looking to change that is Pencils of Promise (PoP). By building schools, empowering women, and creating educational programs across the globe, PoP is changing the lives of young children who would otherwise not have these opportunities.
“Over the past 10 years, Pencils of Promise has built over 500 schools and educated over 100,000 students. Our goal for the next 10 years is to evolve ‘Beyond the Build: From Pencils to Progress.’ We are committed to providing quality programming to 1000 schools because it is not enough to just build schools, we need to build schools that are successful, and sustainable, so that our students realize their full potential,” Tanya Ramos, CEO of Pencils of Promise, said during an interview with Showbiz Cheat Sheet.
Two of the honorees at PoP’s annual gala are Trevor Noah and Lil Jon
This organization primarily raises funds through grassroots campaigns. However, they also earn donations via their annual gala. This year’s event takes place on Nov. 4, 2019. Entitled Pencils of Promise Gala: An Evolution Within, the evening celebrates a few A-list celebrities who are involved with PoP, including artist Lil Jon and comedian Trevor Noah.
“Lil Jon is what we at Pencils of Promise call an ‘OG,'” Tanya Ramos said. “He has been one of our biggest supporters and has dedicated two schools in Ghana. By using his platform to raise awareness and funding, he has changed thousands of lives. Trevor Noah has been an advocate for global education, creating his own foundation and supporting the mission we share. Both are deserving of this recognition and we are proud to honor their contribution to global education.”
“We are grateful for any and all support! Pencils of Promise is unique in that much of our support comes from individual donors and grassroots fundraisers,” she continued. “Of course, having high-profile celebrities lend their support has tremendous value and influence and raises our profile. It increases awareness of our life-changing work. We really are really so fortunate to have folks from all walks of life supporting our mission. Education is a cause everyone can rally around and the lack of education is the root of many other issues.”
Tanya Ramos, CEO of Pencils of Promise, commented on her role with the nonprofit organization
With previous leadership roles at Education Pioneers and The Children’s Aid Society, Tanya Ramos is the current CEO of Pencils of Promise. When asked what advice she has for people who want to get involved with a nonprofit, but might not know where to start, she encourages people to find their passions and follow their hearts.
“I have always been passionate about education; it changed the trajectory of my life,” Tanya Ramos said. “I grew up in New York in poverty among many whose lives turned out very different from my own. The opportunity to get a quality education gave me the chance in life that many of my peers, in my neighborhood, did not have. I was determined to help others have that same opportunity.”