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Paula J. Martin, MA, Celebrated for Dedication to Community Advocacy

Ms. Martin channels years of expertise into her position as executive director of the Harlem Center for Education

The organization is dedicated to serving the educational needs of over 1,000 low-income youth yearly.

    NEW YORK, NY, September 06, 2019 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Paula J. Martin has been included in Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

For over 34 years, Ms. Martin has excelled as the executive director of the Harlem Center for Education, an organization dedicated to serving the educational needs of over 1,000 low-income youth yearly. In leading the East Harlem based nonprofit, she draws frequently from the inspiration imbued in her by her mother, Frances C. Martin, a veteran of the Second World War and a dedicated community advocate. Ms. Martin strove to pursue the opportunities that were denied to her mother, and directed her life's work towards education for the disadvantaged. Although she does not have any biological children, she maintains that she does, in fact, have hundreds through TRIO educational programs, which identify and provide services for individuals from less fortunate backgrounds.

Prior to obtaining her current role, Ms. Martin found success with Columbia University as an academic counselor, an assistant director, and a director between 1973 and 1985. During this time, she taught during the summer program of Project Double Discovery and subsequently learned it was an Upward Bound program under the federal TRIO Programs through the U.S. Department of Education. Knowing the worthiness of these programs, Ms. Martin has been an inexhaustible champion in ensuring that they continue to function and benefit the youth who need it most.

In her own academic efforts, Ms. Martin attended Syracuse University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in psychology in 1968. She subsequently studied over a period of ten years at Columbia University's Teachers College, the culmination of which earned her a Master of Arts in developmental psychology. A steadfast advocate of the community, she volunteers in her spare time with the Council for Opportunity in Education and the Association for Equality & Excellence in Education, through which she won an Award for Excellence in 1984 and a President's Award in 1989. For her outstanding work, she was also honored with the Walter O. Mason Award, the highest award, through the Council for Opportunity in Education in 2011. She was the first female President of the Association for Equality and Excellence in Education in 1982-83. For several years she was Chairperson of the Board for said organization and subsequently served on the COE national Board. She has been a trainer of other equal opportunity program professionals working in TRIO programs for over 20 years. Looking forward into the future, Ms. Martin intends to retire from her role with the Harlem Center for Education, but would like to remain involved in training and helping students in need.

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