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Seeking except they didn’t want to,” he said. “But they were willing to stop whatever they were doing on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 o’clock to play basketball.” He and D-E classmate Joe Stetson ’93 decided to put two and two together, founding a program called Hoops & Leaders. Dworkin explained, “We’ve got all these guys, we got all these kids, we got the funds, we got the New York City Parks Department to give us a gym, we refereed the games, we served food, we led the drills, we had leadership activities.” And so was born a way to enhance the lives and prospects of kids with few opportunities. While running Hoops & Leaders, Dworkin pursued other career options, including working for the Coro New York Leadership Center and for Moody’s Investors Service, but the commitment to helping underprivileged kids remained central to his life. It has been his full-time career for more than 10 years. Dworkin earned a bachelor’s degree from Tufts, a master’s degree in education from Harvard, and a master’s degree in public affairs from Columbia, but he considers D-E to be “the school with the biggest influence on my life.” D-E provided him with essential opportunities that too many students do not have access to, he says. Think of the number of college counselors at D-E versus in the public schools, where there is one counselor for 1,000 students. Think of a D-E tradition like the Alumni Power Breakfast. It is a great example of social capital and how kids are getting exposed to adults with successful careers. It’s a far cry from the students he’s met who don’t know what careers are even out there, much less the steps to take to pursue a dream career. Dworkin views his job as “lighting up pathways for people” and “connecting the dots” for kids who—through no fault of their own—simply “don’t know what they don’t know.” Dworkin says he takes his inspiration from D-E. And now as the most recent Distinguished Alumni Award recipient he wants to use his experiences to inspire the D-E community to help close the opportunity gap. His closing words from his Commencement Keynote are an apt extension of this charge. In his words:

“My question for students today is: What do you do with the gifts that this school has given you? To whom will you pass on these gifts?”

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Profile for Dwight-Englewood School

D-E Today: 2018-2019: Volume II  

D-E Today is published by Dwight-Englewood School Communications and Publications, in partnership with the Advancement Office.

D-E Today: 2018-2019: Volume II  

D-E Today is published by Dwight-Englewood School Communications and Publications, in partnership with the Advancement Office.