Project Rousseau

PR was founded in 2001 by Andrew Heinrich, who was a senior at a New York City high school at the time. He started the organisation with the goal of providing one-on-one mentorship to students who were facing significant barriers to academic success, such as poverty, homelessness, and the lack of access to educational resources and opportunities.

Since then, PR has grown to serve hundreds of students each year, with programs that include one-on-one mentoring, academic tutoring, college guidance, and extracurricular activities such as debate and public speaking. The team also provides resources and support to help students navigate the college application and financial aid process, and has a supportive alumni network that provides ongoing guidance to students as they transition to college and beyond.

PR has been recognised for its innovative and impactful approach to education and mentorship. It has received numerous awards and honours, including being named a “Top-Rated Nonprofit” by GreatNonprofits, and has been featured in national media outlets such as The New York Times, CNN, and NBC News.

Theodora and Andrew have worked on a number of ideas since the beginning of 2021 and are currently working on a bilingual biodiversity project for the young migrant children that PR are currently sheltering and applying for asylum in New York.